Renault has entered the global one-tonne pick-up market with its all-new Alaskan.??
The French carmaker’s latest model is based on the concept of the same name, which was unveiled in September last year.
The Alaskan will enter the market as a competitor to Nissan’s NP300 Navara. As such, it will be available with a choice of either rear or four-wheel drive, coupled with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.
The similarities with the Navara do not end there, however, as the Alaskan will be offered in the same body configurations of single-cab, double-cab and chassis-cab.
Combining outstanding off-road ability and excellent economy thanks to its 2.3-litre dCi engine, the Alaskan will also face competition from Mitsubishi’s L200 and the Volkswagen Amarok when it enters UK dealerships in the first half of 2017.
An imposing front end complements the model’s cutting edge five-link rear suspension and its tough, fully boxed frame. However, inside the cabin, all the creature comforts and crossover technology that is expected in modern-day pick-ups is present.
This includes a five-inch TFT display, a smartphone-compatible audio system with CD player, Bluetooth and steering wheel-mounted controls, and keyless entry. Meanwhile, higher spec models will receive heated front seats with eight-way power adjustment and dual-zone climate control.
Higher trim levels will also come with the option of a seven-inch sat-nav system and a 360-degree ‘top-down’ camera system to aid with difficult manoeuvres.
While full specs have not yet been released, the Alaskan is expected to be priced similarly to the Navara, starting from £23,000.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
July 1, 2016