Gearing up for the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Renault pulled the covers off a new light pickup truck concept. Slated to go into production by 2017, the Renault Alaskan concept gives us a glimpse into what could be a new light-duty Nissan or Mercedes-Benz pickup truck.
The Renault Alaskan concept features a raft of interesting styling points that set it apart from the rest of the saturated pickup truck market. Most of the trucks sold today have aggressive, masculine lines, with hard edges and straight lines. While the Alaskan does indeed have aggressively rounded fenders, the truck sets itself apart with softer design lines in the front and a rather curvy side profile.
Official technical details on the Alaskan Concept are sparse, but the powertrain is a longitudinally-mounted twin-turbocharged unit. Payload capacity is capped at about 2,200 lb with five passengers, and there are built-in storage compartments in the bed.
Look for a production variant of the Renault Alaskan for 2017.