Nissan Navara twin – Renault Alaskan – to live overseas unlikely for Australia

Nissan Navara twin - Renault Alaskan - to live overseas unlikely for Australia

The future of Renault’s next-generation version of the Nissan Navara – the Alaskan – is clear. But will it come to Australia – or will we get another Renault-Ute?

The Renault Alaska – the French auto giant’s version of its joint venture partner’s Nissan Navara ute – is set to live on with the next-generation model in the second half of this decade.

However, the first Renault ute for Australia could have come from a different source.

The Renault Alaskan – launched in 2016 as a rebranded version of the current Nissan Navara ute with unique badging and some unique trim – will remain in production alongside the Navara (where it’s known as the Frontier) in Argentina.

While Renault and Nissan are yet to confirm whether there will be another generation of the Alaskan, a statement from the alliance partners overnight said: “The successful collaboration on the Nissan Frontier/Renault Alaskan family of one-ton pickup trucks , to be continued” with “Renault Group [to] produce the pickups in … Argentina for Renault and Nissan.”

The new Nissan Navara is set to appear sometime next year, as exclusively reported by drive last week.

As before, the Renault Alaskan version of the new Nissan Navara is expected to be identical apart from the bumpers, tailgate, front wheel arch liners and badging.

It’s unclear if the next-gen Renault Alaskan would come to Australia – after plans to debut the current Renault Alaskan in local showrooms were scrapped in 2019 when it would have been sourced from a now-closed factory in Spain.

The new Renault Alaskan is expected to come from a factory in Argentina that also produces a car-derived Ute that could be eligible for Australia.

The local dealer of Renault vehicles in Australia declined to comment on future model plans, but the company has previously expressed an interest in any commercial vehicles manufactured in right-hand drive that meet Australian safety standards.

It’s possible a new Renault-Ute for Australia could come in the form of the Oroch, a smaller model based on a car-derived platform – rather than a body-on-frame workhorse – with dimensions similar to an SUV of the Toyota RAV4 family.

The current generation of Renault Oroch is based on the original 10-year-old Dacia Duster – a small SUV from Romania’s budget brand Renault – developed for South America and does not meet Australian safety standards.

However, the next-generation model – due in the second half of this decade based on historical model lifecycles – could be developed with right-hand drive and enhanced safety.

Renault has confirmed an Oroch-sized vehicle will continue to drive in Latin America – classified as a “half-ton pickup” due to its payload of around 650kg – alongside a Nissan-badged version.

As previously reported by driveRenault’s Australian importer Ateco has expressed plans to launch the next generation of the Dacia Duster SUV – with Renault badging – after its launch in Europe in 2024.

Glen Sealey, general manager of Renault Australia, said drive Last year, the launch of Dacia cars in Australia had to wait until the next generation model as the cars currently sold in Europe do not meet Australia’s stringent ADR 85 side impact safety standard.

While the next Duster – and related Oroch – can be engineered to meet Australian safety regulations, there’s no guarantee they’ll be able to earn five-star ANCAP safety ratings.

The latest Dacia cars have only achieved one or two-star safety ratings in Europe due to the lack of the most advanced crash-avoidance aids – which Dacia says have been left out to keep the prices of its vehicles down.

Europe’s independent crash tester Euro NCAP – a sister company to Australia and New Zealand’s ANCAP – says occupant protection in a crash in Dacia’s city-sized Sandero hatchback is “respectable” and enough for a four-star rating.

Dacia world boss Denis Le Vot says the company does not equip its vehicles with a lane departure warning system, which prevents cars from unintentionally deviating from their lane, as customers are supposed to turn it off anyway.

He told the British top gear magazine: “A lot of people disable lane departure warning. You are doing this because you are human and assessing the situation, so disable the technology. We don’t sell them to you. We know these people disable lane departure warning, so why would we sell it?

Plans for the next-generation Renault-Utes were confirmed along with a media briefing detailing changes to Renault’s alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi that will result in Renault reducing its grip at Nissan and the companies in the now 24 years closer to the same position. old partnership.

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Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he launched his own website Redline. He worked for Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from leafing through car magazines at a young age to growing up surrounded by performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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