CC Global: Renault Alaskan – Another Niche Filled, Thanks To Nissan

The Dutch Renault importer decided that the Renault Alaskan pickup, introduced in 2017, is even too much of a niche. Consequently, you won’t find them on the showroom floor of our Renault dealerships. The Alaskan is fully based on the current generation of the Nissan NP300 Navara, just like the Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

This one has Belgian license plates, the other came from Germany. Some of the Alaskan’s direct competitors are the Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Amarok and Toyota HiLux.

The power unit is always a 2.3 liter, inline-4 diesel engine, either a single turbo with 160 or a twin turbo with 190 DIN-hp (both @ 3,750 rpm). Maximum torque output 403 Nm (297 lb-ft) for the 160 hp version, 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) if you opt for the most powerful engine (both from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm).

A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, a 7-speed automatic is optional on the dCi 190. Right, as in 190 hp.

The payload capacity is just over 1,000 kg (2,205 lbs), so a genuine one-metric-ton truck, while the towing capacity is rated at 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs).

According to the Belgian Alaskan brochure, how confusing, a double crew cab is the one and only option.

Just put the Renault logo on the steering wheel and call it a day.

All crew members should fasten their seatbelts.

In case you’re wondering what the best selling new pickup in the Netherlands is, it’s the Ram 1500. (Photo courtesy of Damstra USA Cars & Trucks)

Not one modern-era US pickup, regardless the manufacturer, has ever been officially imported. Multiple independent and experienced specialists throughout the country get the show on the road with Dutch plates on the bumpers.

Taking driving lessons in Amsterdam with a Ram crew cab, towing a tandem axle trailer. Sure, why not? (Photo courtesy of Rijschool Amsterdam)

From January to August 2018, 397 Rams were sold here, all registered as commercial vehicles. A niche market indeed, with our without Renault.