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Renault's Navara and X-class triplet heads to Europe

01.09.2017

On sale in Latin America since last year, Renault has now launched the European version of its first ever one-ton pick-up, the Alaskan.

The second model after the recently unveiled Mercedes-Benz X-class to be based on the same platform as the Nissan Navara, the Alaskan features a more sleeker appearance than its Japanese alliance partner's offering, with styling derived from the Megane and Trafic van.

Highlighted by the now trademark oversized Renault diamond logo on the equally expansive chrome grille, the Alaskan also receives the brand's C-shaped Pure Vision full-LED headlights, sculpted bonnet, choice of 16-18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels and restyled taillights. An extensive range of accessories can also be specified.

Available in double cab form only like its siblings, the Alaskan also retains the ladder-frame chassis and controversial five-link rear suspension setup, as well as the same interior as the Navara with a five-inch touchscreen display incorporating satellite navigation, Bluetooth and 360-degree camera.

Four-wheel drive models will come fitted with Hill Descent Control and a shift-on-the-fly to 4H at speeds to 100 km/h as standard, with additional aids consisting of an electronic limited slip differential, Hill Start Assist and on the safety front, Active Emergency Braking, seven airbags, ABS with EBD, TCS and ESP.

Power will come from the same 2.3-litre dCi engine used in the Navara, which in single turbo guise develops 120 kW and 403 Nm, and 140 kW and 450 Nm with the second blower. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard with a seven-speed automatic optional.

Renault South Africa is yet to confirm whether the Alaskan will touch down on local shores, but if given the green light, expect it to arrive sometime in the second quarter of next year.

Article written by Autodealer
01.09.2017
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