The bakkie segment is a notoriously tough market to crack in South Africa. Renault seems undeterred by this fact, with the international launch of their all-new bakkie which is set to arrive on our shores in 2018.
Mercedes-Benz gave us the X-Class and now Renault has introduced the Alaskan – the French manufacturer’s first foray into the four-wheel, one-ton bakkie market.
According to Renault South Africa, the Alaskan is set to arrive in the second half of 2018, with local prices and specs to be finalised closer to the launch date.
Globally, Renault owns Nissan. So, it no surprise that the Alaskan has some of the impressive Nissan Navara’s DNA coursing through its mechanics.
The Alaskan is currently powered by only one diesel engine – a 2.3-litre four cylinder which offers two outputs: the entry level 160 dCi engine offers a single turbo unit which delivers 120kW and 403Nm, as well as a higher spec dCi which offers two turbos and develops 140kW and 450Nm.
The Alaskan boasts a load box which stretches over 2.46m2, along with a tailgate platform which can endure up to 500kg, and a ground clearance of 230mm.