Despite all the regulations about CO2 emissions, pickup trucks are becoming more and popular in Europe. In past, these vehicles were primarily reserved for North America and Australia, but Europe and getting better and better in terms of popularity as well. According to the latest reports, it is expected that the total number of trucks sold in Europe could easily overpass 170.000 units.
Therefore, it’s no wonder that Renault came up with a pickup truck for the first time. Of course, the overall design is heavily based on the Nissan Navara. Two models feature most parts, especially in terms of mechanics. On the other side, the Alaskan comes with its own face, which takes a lot of inspiration from the company’s newest SUV models, such as Kadjar and Koleos. The 2019 Renault Alaskan continues in the same way, without more important changes, with same design characteristics.
2019 Renault Alaskan Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the Alaskan is a pretty familiar vehicle, despite being a pretty much new model. The Alaskan practically features the same overall design as the famous Nissan Navara. The Japanese model is one of the most famous mid-size trucks around and it competes with models like Hilux, D-Max, Ford Ranger, and others for years. The current generations have been around since 2014 and that model serves as the basis for the new truck from the French manufacturer. Actually, it is much more than a basis. Two models are pretty much identical in terms of size, as well as in terms of mechanics. On the other side, Renault uses its familiar turbodiesel engine. The 2019 Renault Alaskan comes in the same way as the initial model. There is no place for bigger changes, as the new model represents the second production year.
2019 Renault Alaskan Exterior
The exterior design of the 2019 Renault Alaskan is a perfect mix of Nissan’s excellent practicality and functionality with Renault’s style. The front end is heavily inspired by Renault’s newest design language. So, you can easily notice a lot of similarities with crossovers like Koleos and Kadjar. Still, the Alaskan looks far more rugged, as it rides on a real body-on-frame platform. On the other side, the rest of the vehicle is pretty much identical to Navara. You can notice a familiar profile, while the rear end is pretty much identical. The 2019 Renault Alaskan comes exclusively in a double cab layout and still features a couple of distinctive details from the side, like unique wheels design. For this year, the mid-size truck came without more important changes, though there are some new color options in the offer.
2019 Renault Alaskan Interior
The interior design is a bit of a disappointment. It’s not bad, it is very good. Still, the fact is that the cabin is practically the same as in the Navara. There is Renault’s steering wheel, while the dashboard is pretty much identical to the Japanese sibling. This definitely can’t be a bad thing, but we expect something more interesting from Renault. In any case, the overall quality of the cabin is pretty good. Most surfaces are made of hard plastics, but it is actually very durable and will last for decades. Typically for Nissan trucks, driving position and ergonomics are great. Also, the list of standard equipment is pretty long, as it includes some of the latest tech features, along with advanced safety systems and driver aids.
2019 Renault Alaskan Engines
This is practically the biggest difference compared to Nissan’s truck. While the Japanese manufacturer comes with its familiar engines, Renault relies on its own units, or unit, to be more precise. It is a familiar 2.3-liter dCi turbodiesel engine, which comes in two variants when it comes to power output. Base model feature version of the engine that delivers around 160 horsepower and comes in a pair with a 6-speed manual transmission.
On the other side, higher trims come with a more powerful version that is good for 190 horsepower. A 6-speed manual is also standard, but there is also a 7-speed automatic in the offer. This version seems like a much better offer, as it provides much better acceleration. It needs around 10.5 seconds, while the fuel economy is practically the same as in the base version. That would mean around 33 mpg in a combined ride.
2019 Renault Alaskan Release Date and Price
On most markets, the 2019 Renault Alaskan is already available for sale. When it comes to the price, base models start at around 37.000 Euros, but better-equipped versions could go cost you much higher. The competition