Because trucks and crossovers are more and more effective, there are increasingly more producers aiming to enter the segment. Not that long ago the French producer Renault showcased the Alaskan truck. At first it was nothing but a concept but then they released the production version which is, unsurprisingly, a rebadged variation of the Navara. The truck does get its own style but it still is a more expensive Navara which might injure its sales in the future. Unlike a few of their other models, the 2018 Renault Alaskan will appear in Columbia and it will spread shortly after that. It is expected in Europe, Africa and some parts of Asia too.
The fundamental chassis of the Navara stayed the same which indicates it still offers the body of frame building and construction, the rugged suspension system and its great engine. The Navara presently retails in the UK for ₤ 22,000 for a base model. It appears that the Alaskan might be a fair bit more than that. Some rumors even suggested closer to ₤ 25,000 in which case it would end up being interesting to see exactly what Renault will use more than Nissan. The truck will likely become available for sale in Europe in the late 2017 and it need to become available in the rest of the World by 2018.
The 2018 Renault Alaskan is fascinating to state the least. While it does get the body of the Navara, Renault worked on its front and rear ends in order to make it more fascinating. The front of the truck features a big grille, just like exactly what Renault has on their more recent cars. The headlights feature wraparound LED daytime running lights which in fact extend the lines started by the grille. The fog-lamps are surrounded by C-shaped chrome inserts and both in the front and at the back there are silver metal guards. The large Renault badge in the front is quite imposing and the truck’s brand-new tail lights do finish the look. Unlike the Navara, it appears that the Alaskan will just be offered in a crew-cab configuration.
There are not a surprises here either. While we would have enjoyed to see Renault’s own style here, the Alaskan is mostly similar to the Navara. Even the guiding wheel is the exact same with the only difference being the badge and the air bag real estate. The instrument cluster is perfectly set out, there are a lot of blank buttons around the cabin and the broad center stack makes whatever look complete. The Alaskan will feature a basic radio and MP3 player but purchasers will get the possibility of a 7 inch infotainment system which can also be seen in Renault’s other cars. It still is unclear at this moment if Renault will provide a more road-oriented variation however considering exactly what they want from it, this is extremely not likely.
The 2018 Renault Alaskan will be readily available with a single engine option and not more like the Navara. This will be the 2.3 liter twin-turbocharged inline 4 diesel which will offer up to 190 horse power and well over 300 lb-ft of torque. Some rumors recommended that the lesser single-turbo variation with 160 horse power may be used at a later date. The engine will come with a six speed manual gearbox as standard while a 7 speed automatic is going to be an option. Some markets will also get a 2.5 liter diesel which is an older generation system. This will be used in less industrialized locations that need a highly reliable engine. Unlike the others, this one will only include a 6 speed handbook. Rear wheel drive is going to be offered as standard while all wheel drive will be an option.