Renault will unveil the production version of the Alaskan next June 30

As we have already anticipated, Renault will introduce the production version of its pick-up, the Alaskan, in 2o16. What we did not expect was that is was going to happen so soon. The unveil of the 1-ton pick-up will happen next June 30 in Medellín, Colombia. And, as we have already told, it will retain the name of the concept.

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If we depended solely on Renault, this would be all we could tell you about the new pick-up. But we know a little more than that. We know, for example, that it will be produced in Argentina. And also that it will be very likely powered by the Energy dCi 160 Twin Turbo engine, a 1.6 turbodiesel that delivers 118 kW.

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The Alaskan is based on the new generation Nissan Frontier. With that in mind, it could share the same 2.8 turbodiesel engine of the second generation with it. Or the more modern 2.5 turbodiesel, but it apparently will not. The pick-ups will very likely be similar in dimensions. The third generation Frontier is 5.26 m long, 1.83 m wide, 1.82 m tall and has a wheelbase of 3.15 m. Apart from that, Renault has released 2 images on Facebook. This one was out in the Argentinian page of the French carmaker.

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We have (badly) cleared the image and this is what we can see: a very similar pick-up when compared to the concept.

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The other one was release in Renault’s international Facebook page. And it does not say much.

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What “Greatness” will have to do with the new Alaskan is something we will have to wait a little more to discover. And we sincerely hope it is a characteristic that is not restricted to marketing.

 

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.