RENAULT has entered the uber-competitive one-tonne ute market with the launch of the Alaskan.
France’s first foray into the one-tonne ute segment was documented in September last year when it revealed the Alaskan concept. Now a slightly subdued production version has landed.
Based on the Nissan Navara, the Alaskan will feature Renault’s 2.3-litre four-cylinder, twin-turbo diesel dCi engine, available with 120kW or 142kW.
Depending on markets, two other powertrains may be available: a 2.5-litre petrol and a 2.5-litre diesel.
2WD and 4WD (4LO and 4H) capabilities, as well as a choice between six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmissions, will also be available.
The Alaskan comes equipped with electronic limited slip diff (eLSD) and a rear-locking diff. Other driving aids include hill-start assist (HSA) and hill descent control (HDC).
Road handling of the double-cab version will be greatly enhanced due to a five-link rear suspension, a la Navara.
Other notable credentials include a ground clearance of 230mm and a towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.
The UV-resistant heavy-duty tray will feature a mounted 12-volt power supply, C-channels and four quick-fit hooks. Short or long trays will be available, depending on the market.
Ashwani Hupta, vice president of Renault’s Light Commercial Vehicles division, said: “This stunning pick-up will fulfil the needs of professional users and individual customers around the world.”
Groupe Renault unveiled the Alaskan in Colombia, and South America will be the first continent to start rolling them out of showrooms.
The Alaskan is expected to arrive locally early in 2017. Price is yet to be confirmed.