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Renault pulls the wraps off new Alaskan bakkie

4 July 2016

The French company’s first first global one-ton bakkie, the Renault Alaskan, has been unveiled in full production form.

Based on the Nissan Navara NP300 ( it makes use of the same underpinnings) the Alaskan will be powered by Renaults’s 2.3-litre four-cylinder, twin-turbo diesel dCi engine, available with 120kW or 142kW.

Customers will be able to choose from a six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic transmission plus two- and four-wheel drive versions. Depending on markets Renault will also offer a 2.5-litre petrol and a 2.5-litre diesel unit.

The bakkie has a 230mm ground clearance and Renault claims a best-in-class towing capacity of 3.5 tons

All-wheel drive models will come with an electronic slip differential that individually uses the brakes to slow the faster wheel on an axle and therefore improve traction. Renault also offers a rear-locking differential with a mechanical lock for when the off-roading gets really serious.

A five-inch colour display (seven-inch infotainment system in some countries) sits between the driver’s gauges and a four-camera system provides a 360-degree view around the Alaskan.

The Alaskan will be available in South America first before making its way to Europe and Africa.