AVWWG: All-new 2017 Renault Alaskan truck - w/video

Here's another one for the Another Vehicle We Won't Get files, the Renault Alaskan one-ton pick-em-up. Or will we? You see, some automakers are sharing development costs of new vehicles. Renault, Nissan, and Mercedes Benz, yes Mercedes, are working together on this new truck platform and  the Renault Alaskan is the first completed vehicle to see the proverbial light of day. In other words, we may see the Alaskan platform under a new Frontier (new name?) mid-size truck or possibly under Mercedes first truck in the US. 'Til then what you see here is Renault's version that will be available first in South and Latin America, followed by Europe and Africa. The Alaskan is available with two four-cylinder engines, one diesel and one gas. Expect manual and automatic transmissions as well as available all-wheel drive. The interior of the Alaskan seems a bit spartan but does fit the needs of a "work" truck. The front end is a bit busy for my taste, but the rest of the truck is attractive. Expect Nissan and Mercedes versions to have their own drivetrains and fitments. Could be cool. For lots of Alaskan specific info, check out the press releases and video after the "read more" jump.

Source: Renault - Press releases and video after the jump.

Press Release:
Renault introduces Alaskan: its first global one-tonne pick-up

  • Renault takes the wraps off ALASKAN, a pick-up that takes a completely fresh approach to the segment, including a stunning design.
  • Renault enters the one-tonne pick-up market with ALASKAN beginning with Latin America.
  • Renault builds on successful history in Latin America, a strong pick-up market, with global reveal and first market in Colombia.
In a dramatic worldwide reveal surrounded by the rugged Colombian countryside, Groupe Renault today unveiled the Renault ALASKAN, a one-tonne pick-up with a stunning look leading with its forceful front-end.

Both robust and comfortable, ALASKAN delivers exceptional driving comfort enhanced by a cutting-edge five-link rear suspension and a tough, fully boxed frame. ALASKAN is a powerful, ingeniously designed vehicle which combines outstanding off-road ability with best-in-class fuel economy with the Renault 2.3-litre dCi engine under the boot.

“ALASKAN’s design includes assertive dimensions and a visual impression of power and strength. It is the perfect companion for leisure use and everyday motoring,” said Laurens van den Acker, Groupe Renault SVP, corporate design.

Renault, a LCV expert worldwide

Renault is a major LCV player worldwide with 18 years of leadership in Europe and strong positions in many countries all over the world thanks to its wide range of vans and dedicated services.

In September 2015, to address the needs of LCV customers more directly and clearly, Renault launched a global expert brand with a large panel of services dedicated to these customers: Renault Pro+. Through this expert brand, Renault will provide LCV customers with tailor-made products and services and a highly-trained specialist network.

Light commercial vehicles are a major strategic market especially in Latin America. In 2015, 15 million LCVs has been sold in the world and the segment pick-ups account for more than one-third of total LCV sales: 5 million units worldwide.

“This stunning vehicle provides us with the means to fulfil the needs of professional users and individual customers around the world. With ALASKAN, we are on track to take Renault’s LCV Division forward from being a top regional player to a top global player,” said Ashwani Gupta - VP, Groupe Renault’s Global Head of Light Commercial Vehicles Business.

More Press Stuff:
ALASKAN, a stunning pick-up

Following the launch of the half-tonne Renault Duster Oroch pick-up in 2015, Renault now takes the wraps off ALASKAN, a one-tonne pick-up with a stunning design. Robust yet comfortable, ALASKAN is a powerful, ingeniously thought-through vehicle. Developed in France, Japan and Latin America, ALASKAN is a genuinely global product capable of covering the broad diversity of needs customers express across the world. The comprehensive list of available body types extends from single cab to double cab and chassis cab versions, with a short or long bed, and with wide and narrow bodies. Renault also provides a wide range of services, tailormade conversions and accessories to fulfil all customers needs.

A remarkable design
The name ALASKAN was inspired by the Aleut word “ALASKA” which means “Great Land”. It conjures up wild, rugged landscapes and is an open invitation to indulge the desire for adventure.

ALASKAN’s status-enhancing look fits perfectly with the aesthetic demands of the segment’s customers whilst expressing Renault brand’s identity. The vehicle’s statuesque lines incorporate Renault design cues that bring a modern, pleasing visual touch to the world of pick-ups.

Forceful front-end styling
  • Renault’s new brand identity is expressed by the ALASKAN’s large chrome grill, a gloss black trim and a chrome riser bar between the grill and the bumper.
  • The muscular lines of the bonnet heighten the impression of strength.
  • A proud and prominent logo.
Distinctive, eye-catching C-shaped full-LED lighting signature
  • Full-LED daytime running lights with C-shape signature.
  • Headlights and fog-lights exude an inner strength.
Bold sculpted fenders and sleek, athletic lines
  • The dimensions of the assertive, imposing ALASKAN ensure a forceful stance.
  • The design of its robust yet athletic sculpted sides includes prominent wheel arches to accommodate 16- or 18-inch diamond-effect alloy wheels.
  • ALASKAN’s lines blend a sense of high-tech engineering and connote its robustness.
Robust and comfortable
Cutting edge five-link rear suspension for improved driving comfort
  • This new five-link rear suspension provides excellent road
  • handling and premium comfort for all passengers on
  • board without any compromise to off-road capability or
  • toughness.
  • Ride comfort is improved over more conventional rear leaf
  • spring suspension due to less friction, whether the vehicle
  • is loaded or unloaded. ALASKAN’s five-link configuration
  • also reduces noise and vibration more effectively.
  • It is available for the double cab version of ALASKAN.
Tough, fully boxed frame
  • Strong chassis capable of over one tonne payload is key in the segment
  • ALASKAN’s fully-boxed frame of Renault-Nissan Alliance is ideally suited to the needs of the customers as well as for workhorse, off-road and leisure usages,
  • Enhanced rigidity for a better handling performance and safety thanks to the use of durable materials,
  • Generous ground clearance: 230mm,
  • A best level towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes,
  • Chassis with smart design improving off-road capabilities (departure, approach and ramp over angles).
  • Durable materials
  • Strong bed protection: UV resistant, water repellent, anti-slip finish,
  • Strong chassis: anti-corrosion treatment, high-strength steel.
  • Versatile, practical bed
  • Heavy-duty bed, short or long depending on markets,
  • C-channels and four quick-fit hooks to secure all types of loads quickly and safely,
  • Bed-mounted 12V power supply.
Comfortable and spacious interior
  • Cabin space: second-row for passengers provides the comfort associated with passenger cars (knee room: 589mm / torso angle: 23 degrees).
  • Adjustable, high-comfort seats for less fatigue on long journeys:
  • Four-, six- or eight-way power or manual adjustability,
  • Seats with lumbar support for an even distribution of body weight.
  • Heated front seats
  • Automatic air conditioning with dual-zone climate control, and adjustable vents for rear passengers:
  • enhanced travelling comfort.
  • Intuitive storage spaces throughout the cab, including a central console tray, doors bins, bottles holders and under seat storage
Powerful and ingenious

Best-in-segment fuel consumption with Renault 2.3-litre dCi engine
  • ALASKAN is powered by Renault’s fully-proven four-cylinder, twin-turbo diesel engine which also is featured in the Renault Master range:
    • 160hp and 190hp versions
    • Outstanding acceleration, plus fuel consumption and CO2 emissions amongst the very lowest in ALASKAN’s class,
    • Twin-turbo technology: a small turbo for smooth acceleration at low engine speeds, plus a bigger turbo for performance at higher revs,
    • Engine available depending on markets.
  • Two other powertrains are available (depending on markets): 2.5-litre petrol engine (160hp) and 2.5-litre diesel engine (160hp and 190hp).
  • Choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed automatic transmission, plus two or four-wheel drive.
Excellent off-road capability
Drive modes: 2WD (Rear Wheel Drive) / 4H and 4LO (Integral 4WD)
  • 2WD: for everyday motoring on paved roads – enhanced fuel economy and better handling,
  • 4H (engaged while on the move at speeds of up to 60kph): if traction is partially lost (wet roads, rocks, etc.) up to 100kph,
  • 4LO (engaged with the vehicle at a standstill): in case of total loss of traction (sand, snow, deep mud, etc.).
Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD) with 4WD delivers a safer, more surefooted drive. This advanced system uses braking sensors that constantly monitor wheel speed. Whenever the system detects that one of an axle’s two wheels is rotating faster than the other, the brakes are briefly applied to slow the faster wheel for improved traction, greater cornering stability and a safer feel.

Rear-locking differential: mechanical lock of rear differential for difficult situations.
Vehicle control aids: assistance during hazardous manoeuvers, enhanced driving comfort and safety:
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA): briefly applies the brakes to prevent the vehicle from moving backwards when pulling away on slopes,
  • Hill Descent Control (HDC): when traveling down a slope, HDC controls the brakes to prevent the vehicle from going speed.
Plus: Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Stability Program (ESP).

User friendly on-board features and smart technology
  • Renault keyless entry with push and start button.
  • A five-inch 3D TFT colour display for swift, easy access to vehicle data.
  • Practical audio systems and connectivity: smartphone compatible, hands-free telephony, Bluetooth
  • connectivity with voice recognition, CD player, AM/FM radio, four or six loudspeakers, steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote controls.
  • Connected 7-inch touchscreen navigation (availability in certain countries).
  • 360° visibility with four cameras (front bumper, door mirrors and tailgate) which allows 360° view of the car and check slow-speed manoeuvring on-road or off-road to avoid obstacles (availability in certain countries
A wide range of services, conversions and accessories
Dedicated services for professionals
The specialised Renault Pro+ network meets the specific needs of professionals. An ALASKAN customer using his or her vehicle for business will benefit from this service.
  • This network includes:
    • Dedicated, specially-trained advisers for LCV sales and after-sales,
    • Simplified choice: LCV range and conversions on display, test drives without appointment, a quick and clear commercial offer,
    • Solutions to stay on the move: maintenance without an appointment, extended opening hours, replacement vehicles.
  • The worldwide specialised Renault Pro+ network will include around 700 Renault Pro+ centres in 41 countries at end-2016. In Latin America: 65 in Brazil, 18 in Argentina, 9 in Colombia and 3 in Chile at end-2016.
Tailor-made conversions
  • In partnership with our network of approved converters, a wide range of conversions is available to bring to our professional customers all the solutions necessary for their activity: ambulance, tow truck, maintenance vehicle, cherry picker, tipper, etc.
  • The personalization of the vehicle is also possible, with special options being available at the plant.
  • Our approved converters can rely on the Renault Conversion website to consult the technical information and drawings, and ask questions.
  • Renault was the first car maker to set up an approval process for converters. That serves reactivity, optimizes the partnership and makes the quality of services progress.
  • The Conversion and Quality departments follow the worldwide converters network making regular missions, in order to select new converters or renew contracts.
  • Renault develops the Conversions Business overseas by identifying preferential converters for internationaltenders.
Accessories for personalization
  • Dedicated range to facilitate loading and unloading: sliding tray, metal step, bed divider, etc.
  • Dedicated offer to protect the bed and therefore secure the loading: bedliner, c-channel and sliding hooks, toolbox, etc.
  • Personalization will also be possible with styling accessories which pick-up owners are very fond of.
ALASKAN, a global endeavor

Renault is Europe’s number one Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) brand for the past 18 years. In addition to its strong positions in the Latin-American and African markets, Renault is on track to shift up a gear to take Renault LCV from being a top regional player to a top global player. Light commercial vehicles are a major strategic market, with 15 million sold in 2015. Pick-ups account for more than one-third of total LCV sales, representing five million units worldwide. The launch of ALASKAN sees Renault enter the pick-up market with global intentions, beginning in the strong pick-up markets of Latin America where Renault is a long-time player. Sales will begin in Colombia.

Renault enters the pick-up market

The pick-up market accounts for more than five million vehicles globally

The growth of the global LCV market can be attributed primarily to the expanding pick-up market, which comprises three classes:
  • Half-tonne pick-ups: 3% of the global market, with a growth projection of 35% between 2014 and 2019.
  • One-tonne pick-ups: 17% of the global market, with a growth projection of 19% between 2014 and 2019.
  • Full-size pick-ups: 18% of the global market (90% in the US and Canada)