The Renault Alaskan Concept announced last week is almost production-ready, suggests a report from Motoring.com.au.
Speaking to the Australian publication at the preview of the concept at Technocentre Renault in France, Louis Morasse, Design Director of Light Commercial Vehicles and Trucks at Renault, revealed that the concept is 95% production-ready.
According to the report, Mr. Morasse said that the concept’s bonnet, front quarter panels, bumper and grille, headlights, tail lights and the curved tailgate design will remain the same on the production version. However, the “specific show truck accessories” like the satin grey matte paint, retractable roof-mounted satellite dish, door mirror-mounted cameras, sporty door handles, 21-inch alloy wheels, bed-liner tripod rails and tray storage boxes and lighting would not be offered.
“We defined with Nissan the level of differentiation we needed. We could have done anything from a badge to a complete car. So we have the complete front-end and also part of the rear-end. This was fixed before the project started”, said Mr. Morasse.
“The differentiation is important to make sure that we have a good global matrix. We really want to protect the two brands if the two brands are on the same market with the same car, so we need a lot of differentiation.
“Globally, the idea is to protect the brands, especially where the car is in the same market.”
Mr. Morasse has said that the Alaskan name is almost confirmed to be carried over to the production version. The concept version won’t be shown at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and its images & videos released online were digitally created. The one-off concept shown to the publication had no engine as its heavily tinted windows were hiding a standard Nissan NP300 Navara interior, which is likely to be overhauled in the production version.
The production version of the Renault Alaskan Concept will be revealed “eight months from now”, i.e. in May 2016.
Renault Alaskan Concept – Image Gallery