Renault Alaskan Concept Truck Makes Leap to Production
Nissan-Based Pickup to be Sold Initially in South America Only
Renault officially unveiled the production version of its Alaskan pickup, giving the public a look at the truck that may soon be scrambling through neighborhoods in South America.
Based on the Nissan NP300 Navara, the Alaskan will initially only be offered in South America, but Renault said it would confirm other markets at a later date. It features one of three different engines: a 2.3L twin-turbo diesel I-4 producing either 160 hp or 190 hp, plus diesel or gasoline 2.5L engines in undisclosed configurations. A fully boxed frame should ensure stout performance when towing or hauling.
Styling-wise, the pickup is very similar to its concept-vehicle forbear. Handsome lines complement the truck’s mission as a capable lifestyle vehicle, and at least higher trim levels will get a nicely appointed interior. Were we to nitpick, we’d criticize the Alaskan’s overly large taillights and wheels, but they’re offset by the trucks attractive, bulging fenders and kicked-up beltline.
The Alaskan will share its platform with the aforementioned Navara, as well as the upcoming U.S.-market Nissan Frontier and unconfirmed-for-America Mercedes-Benz X-Class/GLT-Class pickup. That last truck will likely be much more expensive than either the Nissans or the Renault, befitting its three-pointed star.
So will the U.S. get a crack at the Alaskan? It’s unlikely, as Renault has precious little brand recognition here, and few will make the Nissan connection. Still, we like its Gallic good looks and unique twin-turbo powerplant, and we hope we’ll get a chance to try one out.