This is the new Renault Alaskan

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.

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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.

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It also presents low range, an electronic limited slip differential called eLSD, a locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist.

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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.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.