For those who are into pickup trucks, there’s good news as the new Renault Alaskan can now be yours as they expand to more countries in Europe. It had entered the South American market last year followed by its Colombian debut. The French automaker developed this model as an alternative to the Nissan Navara and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, and it will be offering the one-ton pickup in Europe.
Under the hood of the Alaskan pickup is a 2.3-liter dCi diesel engine. Customers could either go for the base model with 160 horsepower (119 kilowatts) or the 190 horsepower (141 kilowatts) option. Both engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic. It has a towing capacity of 2,205 pounds (1,000 kilograms) and can haul up to 1,630 pounds (739 kilograms). The pickup is available in three driving modes including a two-wheel drive, a 4LO, or a 4H full AWD.
The functionality and performance of the Renault Alaskan are at par with competitors like the Ford Ranges and the Toyota Hilux, which are both currently out in the European market. Believe it or not, this truck can hit the 0 to 60 mile-per-hour (96 kilometers per hour) speed in only 12 seconds, before it reaches its top speed of 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour).
Global Head of Renault-Nissan’s LCV business, Ashcan Gupta said in an interview that the Alaskan’s availability in Europe following the South American launch is a sign of the company’s ambition to expand globally. Furthermore, he said that this model is a powerful pickup that not only meet private customers’ demands but also that of business customers.
Jean-Christophe Kugler, chairman of Renault Europe, feels that the Alaskan will have a chance to blossom alongside a growing segment there. The company also claims that it will have an average fuel consumption of 6.3 liters/100 kilometers, making it the most efficient pick-up in its segment.
The company hopes that the European release of the Alaskan will help them capitalize on the growing one-ton pickup market in Europe. In 2016, there was already a 25 percent growth, and another 19 percent growth was already noticed in the first half of 2017. Today, the French automaker has over 9,000 dealerships and outlets in Europe, which should make it less challenging for them to sell the small pickup.
Renault’s factories for building the Alaskan are located at Cuernavaca, Mexico; Barcelona, Spain and Cordoba; Argentina. So far, we do not yet know how much the pickup will cost in Europe, but we will update you once we find out.