Tony O'Kane | Jul 1, 2016

Renault has whipped the covers off its Alaskan utility overnight, with the Nissan Navara-based dual-cab revealing a unique front end and minor interior revisions compared to its Japanese cousin.

The Alaskan’s grille and headlamps are almost a straight facsimile of the ones worn by the Alaskan Concept that was revealed in September last year, though the production car’s lower bumper features a more intricate design with a prominent faux skidplate.

There are other minor changes to things like the bonnet shutline and all sheetmetal ahead of the A-pillar is unique to the Renault - even though those front wheelarch flares look identical to the Navara’s.

From the front doors and back, it’s all Navara-sourced metal - save for a unique tailgate stamping, a prominent “Alaskan” badge across the tailgate and unique tail lamp internals.

The Alaskan’s interior shares the bulk of its components with the Navara, the only key difference being a new steering wheel design that bears the Renault chevron.

Available in a wide range of specification grades, some of the features offered in the Alaskan include keyless entry and ignition, a top-down parking camera view, satellite navigation with a 7-inch colour infotainment display, heated front seats and dual-zone climate control.

Under the bonnet lies Renault’s version of the Navara’s 2.3 litre turbo diesel inline four, offered in either 120kW or 140kW guise and with the option of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic.

A 2.5 litre petrol engine with 120kW is also available, and some markets will also offer a 2.5 litre turbo diesel with identical outputs to the 2.3 litre diesel.

4x2 and 4x4 drivelines are offered, with the latter scoring a dual-range transfer case for low-speed offroading. Ground clearance is 230mm and, like the Navara, dual-cab variants score a comfort and handling oriented coil sprung rear axle instead of conventional leaf springs.

The Renault Alaskan will launch in Colombia this year, before rolling out across other South-American markets. Production will initially come from Renault’s plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico, before spreading to plants in Argentina and Spain.

The NP300 Navara sold in Australia is presently sourced from Thailand.

A local release for the Alaskan has yet to be confirmed by Renault Australia, though the company has voiced its desire to enter the lucrative utility segment as part of its plan to strengthen its presence in the light commercial vehicle market.

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