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After appearing as a concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Renault Alaskan officially makes its global premiere in production guise, marking the French carmaker’s foray into the one-tonne pick-up truck market. The Alaskan will initially go on sale in South America later this year, and will be considered for other markets after.

If the design echoes of a certain Japanese pick-up truck, that is because the Alaskan is basically a remodelled version of the Nissan NP300 Navara. Visual cues unique to the Alaskan include a new front grille, smaller projector headlamps with C-shaped LED DRLs, and new front bumper. The truck also comes fitted with 16- or 18-inch diamond-effect alloy wheels.

Three cab versions will be offered for the Alaskan – single, double and chassis. Additionally, buyers can also choose from a short or long bed, and wide and narrow bodies. As the Alaskan is based on the NP300 Navara, it too rides on a box frame, with five-link rear suspension.

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According to Renault, the Alaskan has a ground clearance of 230 mm and is capable of towing trailers of up to 3.5 tonnes – a best in class claim. The utilitarian pick-up also comes with features like four quick-fit hooks, C-channels and a bed-mounted 12 V power supply,

Inside, it is pretty much a carbon copy of the NP300 Navara’s cabin, save for the Renault badging. The kit list here includes powered and heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry with push-start, five-inch TFT infotainment system (or seven-inch touchscreen unit in select markets) and 360-degree camera to help improve external visibility.

Under the hood, the Alaskan employs a 2.3 litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine, which comes in two states of tune – 160 hp and 190 hp. The 2.3 litre mill is also used in the Australian-market NP300 Navara, available as a single- (YS23DDT) or twin-turbo (YS23DDTT) setup.

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Depending on markets, two other engine options are available as well. The first is a 2.5 litre petrol (160 hp), while the other is a 2.5 litre turbodiesel (160 hp and 190 hp). The engines are mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed automatic transmission, plus two or four-wheel drive.

To bolster its off-road capabilities, four-wheel drive versions of the Alaskan feature an electronic limited-slip differential that uses employs braking sensors to monitor wheel speed before slowing down the wheels that are rotating faster than others to improve traction.

There is also a rear locking differential with a mechanical lock for more demanding situations, while hill start assist and hill descent control systems are present to help navigate steep slopes. The safety suite includes ABS, EBD, BA and an electronic stability program (ESP).