If you are sitting there thinking you have seen the Alaskan before but can’t quite remember when, well, you haven’t – it’s just that it looks very similar to the Nissan Navara on which the new Renault truck is based.
It is not exactly the same of course; the Alaskan features a unique front end fascia which packs in LED daytime running lights which sit on either side of a new version of the Renault grille - with the badge sitting proudly and prominently in the middle. It rides on 16- and 18in alloy wheels while around the back, there’s another large Renault badge on the tailgate along with a set of reworked taillight graphics.
However the cabin of the newbie is remarkably similar. In fact, the only real difference that we can note is the shape of the steering wheel and some of the switchgear on the centre console. Top-spec models can be had with a 5.0in multi-function display in the instrument cluster, along with a surround-view camera system, keyless entry, push-button start, a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system (with satellite navigation), electric seat adjustment, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate control.
Renault will offer the truck with a number of body configurations including a single-cab, double-cab, and cab-chassis and both two and four-wheel drive variants with the latter getting Nissan's familiar transfer case with 4WD selectability along with low range gears for serious off-roading. Power will be supplied by either Renault's 2.3-litre diesel (which will also be available in either single turbo guise making 160bhp or a twin turbo making 190bhp and we wonder if it’ll better the Navara’s fuel consumption figure of 6.3 litres per 100km…) and a 2.5-litre petrol with 167bhp and 244Nm of torque. As for the transmission, there is a choice between a six-speed manual or seven speed automatic. It will have a towing capacity of 3,500kg while some of the driver assistance technologies will include hill start assistance, hill descent control, brake assist, and electronic stability control.
Renault says it will be producing the model in three production locations – Spain, Argentina and Mexico.