The all new truck coming, 2016 Renault Alaskan and production of it will start in early 2016. Renault is trying, together with its partners, to take a larger portion of the market in these last few years. One of the best ways to do so is to expand to the new; previously unorthodox markets for them.
That’s why Renault pickup truck woud have sounded impossible as far away as yesterday. Now, not so much. 2016 Renault Alaskan concept pickup is heading towards Frankfurt and should be ready for production as early as early-to-mid 2016.
Under the Hood
Info on pretty much everything is still scarce at this point, and so is info on future Alaskan’s powertrain. However, one thing is certain at this point. Compact truck will be powered by 2.3L twin-turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine which is supposed to deliver around 160 horsepower and as much as 300 pound feet of torque. Some sources state that initial models will be offered with 1.6L turbo diesel engine as well, but given the fact that the French are promising best in-class fuel economy from 2.3L unit, we doubt that there’s a smaller powertrain involved in this.
In any case, expect every engine (if there happens to be more of them) to be offered with both two and four wheel drive configurations, and likely with both 6-speed automatic and manual shift sticks.
|Engine & Specs|
|Transmission||six-speed automatic (Est.)|
|Horsepower @ RPM||188 (Est.)|
|Torque @ RPM||332 (Est.)|
|Displacement||2.3 L (Est.)|
|0-60 time||8.5 sec. (Est.)|
|Top Speed||125 mph (Est.)|
Even though 2016 Renault Alaskan is French manufacturers’ first pickup ever, it seems that they have studied the niche rather well. This theoretical knowledge reflects in practice, particularly on Alaskan’s exterior design. That is to say, production-ready pickup should be rather similar to the concept as there isn’t much time to change it afterwards, plus it already looks good. While headlamps, cabin, rearview mirrors, and especially wheels and tires are bound to be changed, neatly shaped panels look like they are about to stay.
Grille is likely going to be used for production, but cabin, as already mentioned should receive a window divider, at the very least. Bed is currently nicely shaped as well and should be quite practical, though conventional.
2016 Renault Alaskan is still unperceived from the inside. French manufacturer still hides it, but premiere is coming soon anyway. Even if we were allowed a peak inside Alaskan’s cabin, one has to bear in mind the fact that this is still a concept and that production model will certainly be slightly different. From concept’s standpoint, we can expect slightly futuristic vehicle with plenty of gloss panels and as few controls as possible. Actual 2016 Renault Alaskan (if the name sticks), will certainly be more conservative than the models which are bound to be presented in Frankfurt.
They will likely be offered in a few different trim levels with different pieces of available equipment, but since overseas market customers are more pragmatic than those in the states, Alaskan most likely won’t be offered with leather upholstery. Tech and convenience goodies, however, might get more advanced and apart from a rearview camera, 2016 Renault Alaskan is supposed to feature Bluetooth, USB port, a solid sound system, hill-start assist, trailer sway control, automatic climate control and a few other goodies.
2016 Renault Alaskan Price
While they have promised best in-class fuel economy, French still haven’t disclosed the actual figures for their upcoming compact truck. Our bet would be over 40 mpg in European NEDC cycle, but that’s still too early to talk about. Prices are another set of figures upon which we can only speculate at this point. Given the fact that the niche dictates its own terms, 2016 Renault Alaskan could start from less than €30,000.
Competitors: Nissan Navara and Toyota Hilux.
2016 Renault Alaskan will manage to take some portion of the market share, but probably not as large as its creators would have expected. However, it looks like a solid truck already in its concept stage, but to judge it better, we’ll need much more info than we currently have.