Shown as a concept, many moons ago, the Alaskan is now in production. The new Alaskan stays true to the design of the 2015 concept, with only slight changes to its exterior, including new tail-lights and larger door mirrors.
According to Renault, the name “conjures up wild, rugged landscapes and is an open invitation to indulge in the desire for adventure.” Also according to Renault, “the dimensions of the assertive, imposing Alaskan ensure a forceful stance,” and the “Alaskan’s lines blend a sense of high-tech engineering and imply its robustness.”
The Alaskan has a ground clearance of 230mm and can tow trailers of up to 3.5 tonnes, a figure Renault claims is best in class. The pick-up’s rear bed is available in short and long guises, depending on the market, and features four quick-fit hooks to secure loads and a bed-mounted 12V power supply.
Built on a fully boxed frame, the Alaskan is available with both single and double cabs, short and long beds (depending on the market), and with 158- and 187-hp versions of Renault’s 2.3-ltr, twin-turbo-diesel four-cylinder backed up by either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission. Other powerplants are a 2.5-ltr, 158-hp petrol engine and a 2.5-ltr diesel making the same 158 or 187 horsepower as the 2.3-ltr. In addition to its brake-based torque-vectoring system, the Alaskan features a real locking diff out back.
Additionally, the Alaskan comes with hill descent control to aid progress down steep slopes.
Inside, the Alaskan features a 5.0in TFT infotainment system with smartphone connectivity. In some markets, the touchscreen will be 7.0in and feature satellite navigation as welll as a 360deg camera view to help improve external visibility.
The Alaskan will go on sale in South America later this year before being considered for other markets, including the UK.
Prices are quoted to start for the NP300 at £22,000