Straight from the design team of the French car manufacturer Renault, comes a fresh new pick-up truck concept – the Alaskan. Renault is the leading light commercial vehicle manufacturer in Europe, and with this new posh concept, they are now entering the pick-up segment targeted for the global market.
Renault Alaskan Concept – Exterior and Interior Design
The exterior of the Renault Alaskan Concept shares design queues and parts from the Nissan NP300 but with a more futuristic and fluid taste. It has bulky yet smooth lines that gives it a wide stance but without the box-like shape of most modern pick-up trucks in the market. The fenders have wide flaring giving a more off-road utilitarian look. Headlights and tail lights are fully equipped with LED lighting technology for superior road visibility and safety. The wheels are 21” in diameter, the biggest in any production pick-up as of today. With this size, it’s definitely a looker! The satin paint finish coupled with the brushed and polished metal surfaces gives the Renault Alaskan Concept a sophisticated yet sporty persona.
As for the interior of the Renault Alaskan Concept, only little info is released by the company. Still leaving us to wonder as to how much are going to expect. One thing is for sure though based on the initial press kits, it’s going to be a versatile pick-up that’s able to carry 5 people comfortably. Renault has teamed up with famous camera manufacturer Hasselblad, to help design certain technological features of the Alaskan Concept. They designed storage boxes and carrying tools and compartments in the bed designed for cameras and various adventure gear. The most exciting feature of the Alaskan Concept however are the two cameras mounted on each side mirror housing used to capture continuous footage of the passing landscape.
Renault Alaskan Concept – Engine and Performance
A twin-turbo four-cylinder petrol engine lies in the beating heart of the Renault Alaskan Concept. Two forced induction turbochargers eliminate dreadful turbo lag by dedicating one turbo for lower rpms, and a secondary turbo for higher rpms. Providing a smooth linear delivery of power and torque. Turbocharged engines are also highly fuel-efficient. You get more horsepower and range as compared to naturally aspirated engines with the same size. Overall car performance is still unknown for now, but Renault is determined to provide a comfortable yet versatile pick-up truck. Weighing at just 1-ton this is one of the lightest production pick-up trucks. We expect it to have great performance on both off-road and street settings. We also have to see how the 21” wheels would affect performance. Bigger wheels usually mean a rougher ride due to the slimmer tires. Let’s see how Renault will develop this. As the years pass by we have already seen how most modern pickup trucks, especially the Japanese made ones, have improved the performance, comfort, and reliability of their vehicles. We hope that Renault would live up also its famous European nature and provide a true luxury pick-up truck for the mass market.
Renault Alaskan Concept – Expected MSRP and Availability
No word yet from Renault executives regarding the price of the Alaskan Concept. But being positioned as a global pick-up truck, experts estimate that the Renault Alaskan price range will only be a notch higher than the premium Japanese pick-up trucks. Release date of the production Renault Alaskan Concept is targeted to be in 2020.