Geneva 2017: Renault Alaskan Pickup European Debut

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Geneva 2017: Renault Alaskan Pickup European Debut

Alongside Europe’s best-selling crossover, the Captur, the Renault Group also rolled out its much anticipated Alaskan 1-tonne pickup truck at the ongoing 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

The Alaskan pickup shares its ladder frame chassis with the Nissan Navara and was initially released at the end of 2016 in Colombia. Much like the rest of pick-up segment double-cabin, four doors, five seats and a generously sized (1-tonne) load bed.

The overall design highlights its Renault DNA – from its wide grille to its C-shaped full-LED headlights. On the inside, the Alaskan shares most of its dashboard architecture and switchgear, right down to the air-cond vents with the Navara.

NP300 Navara 2.5 VL (AT) Interior

Most of the 4WD drivetrain is similar to the Navara as well, the Alaskan can be switched between rear-wheel and 4WD drive and is supplied with a low-ratio drive for extreme conditions. An eLSD (electronic limited slip differential) acting on the four wheels for enhanced safety, and a rear limited slip differential is fitted to facilitate traction in extreme conditions.

The Alaskan will also be supplied with driver aids such as HSA (Hill Start Assist) and HDC (Hill Descent Control). There is no confirmation from Renault on the engines and gearboxes that will be offered – the Navara is offered with a choice of a 2.3-litre diesel engine, a 2.5-litre turbodiesel or a 2.5-litre petrol engine, depending on the market. The engines are mated to either six-speed manuals or seven-speed autos.

The locally sold NP300 Navara is offered with the 2.5-litre ‘YD25DDTi’ turbodiesel engine, matched to the seven-speed auto.

The Renault Alaskan is scheduled to go on sale in Europe at the end of 2017.



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