Renault Alaskan Concept Announces Future Pick-Up Model
|   Saturday, October 17, 2015
Renault has announced that it will introduce in its range of utility models a pick-up called Alaskan. It is preceded by a concept with the same name that was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Renault Alaskan Concept is a full size pick-up that seems closely related to the Nissan Navara. Renault has not officially confirmed this, but the technical kinship with the Japanese model seems logical. It is the second concept for a pick-up model presented by Renault after the Duster Oroch, but this is a model that will be dedicated solely to Latin American markets.
Renault Alaskan is, however, a global model and will be introduced, most likely, in all major markets where Renault operates.

Those with a sharp eye will notice similarities with the new generation Nissan Navara too, although it is clear that the production version will be a Navara model with a Renault facelift. However, the concept is distanced a little bit from the production model through various stratagems of the designers such as huge 21 inch rims, off-road tires, the combination of colors and futuristic LED optical blocks but also the stylish roof rack.

Under the hood of the Renault Alaskan concept the twinturbo 1.6-liter diesel is installed longitudinally, which on the Nissan Navara model develops 180 hp and 450 Nm of torque.

It seems that the French have started to seriously invade niches dominated by Nissan. At the beginning, they stormed the crossover niche and now are directing their forces to the pick-up niche.

The concept presents a number of interesting technologies such as embedded video cameras instead of mirrors, and a payload capacity large enough to take on a bike or a complete camping set. The concept uses a double cabin, but Renault says that the Alaskan series model will be available in a Single Cab variant too. The maximum load of the production version will be 1,000 kg. The core of the range will be a version with 5 seats.

The Alaskan model is set to be built at factories in Mexico, Cordoba (Argentina) and Barcelona (Spain), with a variety of body and engine options according to customer specifications.

The production of Renault trucks is intended to compete in the commercial sector but is also aimed at those with a specific lifestyle. Therefore, we can expect to see a high-spec version to cover the passenger car market, as well as be an everyday work vehicle.

When it reach the market, the Alaskan model will face the Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi L200, Toyota Hilux and Volkswagen Amarok and others on its quest to gain a piece of the market share. Globally, the pick-up market represents one third of light commercial vehicles (LCV).

Therefore, by releasing the Alaskan concept, Renault wants to increase its market share. It should also be remembered that in the last 17 years, Renault was the leading producer in terms of light commercial vehicles in Europe.

The production version of the model will be presented in the summer of 2016, and sales will begin in 2017. The prototype was created with the stylistic style found on the Captur and Kadjar models.
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