Renault is previewing a new pickup concept, which it is calling the Alaskan, which appears to be the Nissan-based pickup hinted at by company insiders earlier this year.
Looking suspiciously similar to the Nissan Navara (aka NP300), the Alaskan is taking aim at the global LCV (light commercial vehicle) market. Specifically, it will take on the one-ton body-on-frame pickup market, currently flush with offerings such as the VW Amarok, Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, and Renault partner Dacia’s own Duster Oroch.
Precious little has been revealed about the Alaskan, but Renault says it “paves the way for a forthcoming model that will have a global calling.” Power will come from a twin-turbo diesel four currently found on the Renault Master van, likely the 2.5-liter available with either 163 horsepower and 297 lb-ft. of torque, or 190 hp and 332 lb-ft depending on grade.
Like the Navara, both rear- and four-wheel-drive versions will be offered, as well as a choice of six-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmissions. Both will be built at Nissan’s Samut Prakan, Thailand plant.
The Alaskan’s styling features some Renault-specific cues such as the diamond-topped grille and C-shaped headlights. However, most of its hard points — the shapes of the hood, pillars, cab, doors and bed — clearly match those of the Nissan Navara.
The production version is expected to go on sale in early 2016.