For the year 2017 Renault Trucks has pledged to turn over a new leaf, devoting itself to more than just improving truck sales. They have actually instituted a development process which concentrates on all of its ranges of products and services, especially those in the U.S.
By building on the basis of the brand’s cultural heritage and staying focused on the company’s three main values of capability care and innovation, the company’s Marketing and product teams have united to create what they hope will be a “dream truck” for sale in the United States. With the comfort and safety of drivers always foremost in their hands, and also with the goal to advance the productivity and image of long distance transport operators.
The resulting program is called Radiance and is essentially an extension of experiments previously conducted through VHS, Virage and lately the LCV style research concept introduced last year at the Amsterdam show.
By giving themselves the space required for their imaginations to navigate all of the creative roads open to them, teams discovered that they were able to get past a whole slew of regulatory, industrial and commercial restrictions.
The main goal set for this project was to clearly explain their philosophy, above all else and to identify a unique “genetic code”, built by the intelligence and creativity of the teams working at Renault trucks. In fact, to hear them tell it, this task was undertaken with nothing less than scientific precision and dedication.
The underlying purpose of this mission is to interact and inject a new energy and vision which will serve the entire company, thus guaranteeing a sunny feature for the Renault trucks and their networks.
Here’s an opportunity to discuss one of the newly conceived and what it might say about any other trucks Renault will be debuting in the near future.
The Renault Alaskan
Following its plans for a new start, Nissan’s business partner, Renault has recently unveiled the Alaskan pickup. Its arrival twelve months after Renault tickled our fancies with the Alaskan Concept in new trucks for sale. This was a vehicle whose ghost can clearly be seen featured in the Alaskan’s body lines. If you take a loop underneath and pay attention, it’s obvious that the concept for the Alaskan is taken from the Nisson Navra NP300 pickup. However, the Alaskan is Renault’s first ever lightly duty pickup, turning this occasion into a history-making debut and rounding out Renault’s huge selection of commercial heavy trucks.
The Alaskan is a “one-tonne” pickup, meaning it’s capable of hauling a metric ton of weight in its truck bed. In the U.S that’s 1.1 tons or 2205 pounds. Beat out just barely by the maximum payload for the 2016 Ford F-150 which is 2320 pounds.
The Alaskan accomplishes this feat with a completely boxed frame, a five-link rear suspension, and a 2.3 liter twin-turbocharged four cylinder engine.
It will be built in Mexico; Spain; and Cordoba, Argentina, but will be sold throughout the world.
The Renault Alaskan is similar to the Nisson Navara. But it also has its own distinctive style and personality. Make no mistake about it, this is no clone of Navara. The Alaskan features a bold grille with horizontal inserts and a large Renault badge in front. Add to this intricate headlights and chrome which give the truck a vibrant, modern appearance. Another plus is the front bumper which has been designed with a noteworthy approach angle for aiding the Alaskan in traveling unfriendly terrain.
The Renault’s interior also echoes the Navara, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A little familiarity never hurt a vehicle. The overall design is focused on the infotainment and HVAC system.
On the top of the center stack is a nearly flat storage bin with a brilliantly situated 12 volt power outlet. This makes an amazingly perfect area which to plug radar or dash cams, if, of course, Renault were thinking of such things.
The Alaskan will have differing engine options, though most will be confined markets worldwide. The main engine is the 2.3liter, twin turbocharged four cylinders. It has two horsepower rating of 160 and 190 horsepower. The two turbochargers are called sequential, meaning the smaller turbo winds up fast, sending energy to the engine swiftly. The larger turbo takes longer to wind up, but sends a larger amount of energy into the intake manifold, generating more power. Two other engines are available, depending on the truck market.
The Alaskan comes with both active and passive safety features. Such as front airbags, BS, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, and Nissan’s 360 degree around view monitor.
Prices for these trucks have not been released yet. Renault is expected to release the information closer to the Alaskan’s on sale date. The Alaskan’s big challenge in Australia is the Ford Ranger. It carries starting price of roughly $35000 U.S dollars. Of course, adding options or selecting a higher trim line will automatically increase the price. Loaded up, the Ranger Wild track can top $45000. That’s not an unusual price in today’s market. We’d expect the Alaskan to follow a similar pricing pattern for sales.
The 2017 Renault Alaskan is a hardy truck with a long list of features and available power train options. It adapts the best of the Nissan Navara and Nissan Navara NP300 and molds them to become a Renault package. It’s great to see this truck take shape. Plus, it likely foretells what the next generation of Nissan Frontier will look like- a truck that should be along this year and which we are awaiting with baited breath.
For Renault, the Alaskan is the next step in growing its already vast line of LCVs, or light commercial vehicles. The Alskan won’t be just another member of a fleet, however, as it directly competes with the Ford ranger for private sector dollars. In today’s economy, this is no mean feat, so this is one battle to keep your eye on. With a new attitude and renewed determination to leave its mark on the trucking sector, it’ll be interesting to watch the future holds for Renault and sales of this new pickup.