In the world presentation of the new Renault Alaskan, Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s Vice President for Design, said coming late to a market can have advantages. Such as learning from other people’s mistakes. And Renault has shown it has learned from the bad experience Volkswagen had with the Amarok. Instead of presenting the new midsize pick-up with the Energy 1.6 dCi engine, as some have stated, it will use the 2.3 dCi. And we are glad it did so.
This engine will be offered with 118 kW or 140 kW. Depending on where it is sold, it will also offer the option of a 2.5 petrol engine that delivers 118 kW or a 2.5 turbodiesel that delivers the same 118 kW or 140 kW of the 2.3. It is probably the same engine that powers the Nissan Frontier. And the 1.6 dCi gets not even close to the Alaskan, although some websites state that.
The new pick-up will be offered from the start with a 7-speed automatic transmission, another of the huge mistakes the Amarok has committed. The manual gearbox option is a 6-speed. Check the video below.
Very little information
Apart from this, we know very little about the new pick-up. All Renault has released about it is that it has a ground clearance of 23 cm and some other little details. Such as its 4WD system that can be activated at up to 60 km/h, and that can run up to 100 km/h. It has an electronic selector.
It also presents low range, an electronic limited slip differential called eLSD, a locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist.
Presented in Colombia, the Alaskan should start to be sold there, but we believe it will have a simultaneous start of sales in Argentina and Brazil as well. We will wait on more information, mainly on dimensions.