All-new Renault Alaskan one-tonne pick-up revealed

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Renault has taken the wraps off the Alaskan, an one-tonne pick-up that joins the Duster Oroch half-tonne pickup in the French auto major’s small truck portfolio. The Alaskan is a follow-up to the concept that held a similar name, and was first unveiled in Paris, France, back in September 2015. Classified as a Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV), it will initially go on sale in Colombia while being produced in Mexico in a bid to crack the lucrative Latin American pick-up market, but since its pegged as a global model, production will also expand to Spain thereafter. The name Alaskan was inspired by the Aleut word “Alaska” which means “Great Land”. We also know it as a country that conjures up vivid imagery of wild, rugged landscapes and thus inciting wanderlust.

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As far as appearances go, the new Alaskan is pleasing to say the least. The vehicle’s design incorporates contemporary Renault design cues sprinkled along a conventional pick-up profile. Stylistic highlights up front include a muscular bonnet, the prominent lozenge shaped logo, distinctive C-shaped full-LED lighting signature, a large chrome grill, and a chrome riser bar between the grill and the bumper. The sides incorporate sculpted wheel arches which accommodate 16- or 18-inch diamond-effect alloy wheels, while the rear end keeps it simple with block like tail lamps and a muscled up tail gate. The loading bed can be had in short or long configurations, depending on markets.

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The interiors have room for five occupants, which means its a crew cab, and Renault says that it provides the “comfort associated with passenger cars”. Comfort and convenience features include eight-way power adjustable, heated front seats with lumbar support, dual-zone climate control and adjustable vents for rear passengers, key-less entry with push start button, a five-inch colour display for access to vehicle data, smartphone compatible, hands-free telephony, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel mounted controls, 360-degree view courtesy four exterior cameras, and a 7-inch touchscreen based navigation system that’s available in certain markets.

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The new Renault Alaskan is based on a fully-boxed frame from the Renault-Nissan Alliance that incorporates a new five-link rear suspension. Ground clearance is rated at a generous 230 mm, while towing capacity is best-in-class with 3.5 tonnes. Power comes from a Renault 2.3-litre dCi, four-cylinder, twin-turbo diesel engine which is available in two states of tune – 160 hp and 190 hp.  Two other power-trains are available (depending on markets): 2.5-litre petrol engine (160 hp) and 2.5- litre diesel engine (160 hp and 190 hp). Transmission choices comprise of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic, along with two or four-wheel drive. Off-road able running gear includes an Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD) with a rear-locking differential, Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC). A wide range of services, conversions and accessories, along with dedicated services for professionals will also be available for Alaskan.

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