This is the all-new Renault Alaskan, the French marque’s first foray into the one-tonne pick-up truck market. For the time being at least, it’s only available in South America.

Stylistically, surprisingly little has changed over the well-received Alaskan concept shown last year. There are minor changes to trim details, plus bigger door mirrors and tail lights, but that’s about it.

Underneath, the Alaskan shares much with the lastest Nissan Navara NP300. Power comes from a 2.3-litre, four-cylinder dCi diesel engine borrowed from the Renault Master van, with either 158bhp or 187bhp. There’s a choice between six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearboxes, and rear- or four-wheel-drive.

4WD versions should be pretty useful off-road, having an electronic limited-slip differential and a mechanical locking rear diff. Ground clearance stands at 230mm.

The Alaskan’s credentials as a working vehicle are strong, too. The load bed is available in short or long form, has quick-fit securing hooks and a 12V power socket. Renault claims a best-in-class towing weight of 3.5 tonnes, as well.

Inside there is a 5.0in TFT infotainment with smartphone connectivity. A 7.0in version with satnav and a 360-degree camera will also be available in some markets.

Sales start in Columbia later this year and will spread to other South American countries soon after. Other markets around the world are being considered, including the UK. With pick-up truck sales booming here, and across Europe generally, it seems like a no-brainer.

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