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Renault unveils Alaskan pickup truck concept

Snapshot: A sneak preview of next year’s global Renault pickup based on Nissan Navara.

Remember the Duster Oroch revealed back in June? Well, that one is a pickup truck only for Latin America whereas the production version of this Alaskan pickup truck will be sold all over the world starting the first quarter of next year. Those with a keen eye will notice the body similarities with the Navara, but that makes a lot of sense taking into account this new model from Renault will use the same platform as Nissan’s utilitarian vehicle.

It will obviously be toned down for production, so these massive 21-inch alloy wheels won’t be commercially available while the full LED headlights and taillights are likely going to be replaced by conventional halogen lighting clusters to keep the model affordable. We do know for sure Renault has plans to offer the pickup truck not just in the double cab body style depicted in these images, but also in other configurations to enhance the model’s appeal to suit more preferences and needs.

The production car doesn’t have a name yet, but Renault says they will select a moniker with global appeal and will offer the pickup truck with a twin-turbodiesel four-cylinder longitudinally mounted engine borrowed from the Master lineup. This will enable the model to provide a maximum payload of 1,000 kg and according to the French marque it will be more than just a workhorse as it will also be a good solution for a leisure vehicle and even for daily motoring.

Little else is known about the production-ready variant, but Renault has promised it will remain “similar in spirit” with this Alaskan concept and its dimensions will also be carried over. Once it will be available at dealers, the new pickup truck from the company with the diamond logo will have to face some stiff competition coming from the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200 as well as the Ford Ranger and sister model Nissan Navara.

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