Renault uses Alaskan concept to preview ute range that will arrive in 2016
Renault will join Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz in the lucrative utility/light commercial vehicle segment from 2016. To whet potential customers’ appetite, the France-based manufacturer has whipped the wraps off the Renault ALASKAN concept which is said to provide a glimpse at the new ute’s styling and specifications.
The Renault ALASKAN has traditional show car features such as blue and yellow highlights on the brake calipers, wheels and door mirrors, 21 inch wheels, and mirror-mounted cameras, LED lighting may not necessarily make the cut for production, the one tonne payload and twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine are most likely to be production certainties.
The latter two features also suggest that the new Renault ute will share componentry and other technology with Nissan NP300 Navara range and may potentially be built at the Renault-Nissan Alliance factory in Barcelona, Spain and the diesel-with a small turbo for low-down torque and a larger turbo for higher in the rev range-is claimed to deliver competitive performance, economy and C02 emissions.
A number of body styles and trim levels will be offered, catering to tradie types through to those who want a ute as a leisure vehicle and the new range is said to deliver class leading levels of driveability and refinement.
The ALASKAN concept’s general styling cue and dimensions will make it into production, with Laurens van den Acker, senior vice president summarised the concept’s design “the styling of the ALASKAN Concept sticks to the rules of the pick-up segment, including impressive dimensions and a visual sense of power and robustness. At the same time, we have dialled in specific Renault cues in the form of an attractive, status-enhancing front-end design.”