Renault is the latest auto brand to throw their hat in the Aussie dual cab ute ring, all but confirming that Australia will be a key market with a release expected around 2017.
The Renault Alaskan Ute will be based on the new Nissan Navara released in June. It will be a one-tonner and go up against the likes of the all-new 2015 Hilux, all-new 2015 Triton, and the other serious utes including the as yet unnamed 2018 scheduled Mercedes Ute that is also being built on the Navara platform.
Renault Australia communications manager, Emily Fadeyev told TTT that Australia will not receive the recently released Renault Oroch which has a half-tonne payload and is designed for the South American market.
“The half-tonne model is not on the agenda for Australia,” Fadeyev said.
However Renault Australia are reportedly very keen to see the big one-tonner on Australian shores.
The Alaskan will be based on the Nissan NP300 Navara platform and while both 4×2 and 4×4 will reportedly be available, 4×4 high-specced vehicles with a variety of body styles will be the focus for the Renault Alaskan, with low-spec mining and rental vehicles less so.
There will be manual and auto transmissions paired to what is expected to be a four cylinder 2.3-litre turbo diesel engine that pumps out 140kW/450Nm. It’s the same engine as the Navara and the Renault Alaskan will reportedly share Navara’s 3500kg towing capacity.
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