Renault Alaskan — TIMING CHAIN OR BELT?


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The Renault Alaskan is a mid-size pickup truck from the French manufacturer Renault. It is based on the “Nissan Frontier” concept. Nissan’s experience manufacturing this type of commercial vehicles brought this pickup to the Renault-Nissan alliance. Since 2014 (third generation of the Frontier), this vehicle is sold with multiple bodies and names under the umbrella of several brands. The most highlighted models would be the Nissan Navara (also known as Frontier or NP300), the Renault Alaskan and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class. It is also sold as Dongfeng Ruiqi 6.

The Renault Alaskan as such has been marketed since 2017. However, it is no longer available in many countries since 2020, especially in the European market, since pickups are not usually very successful there. However, the Alaskan is still produced in South America at the manufacturing plant in Cordoba, Argentina.

This pickup is based on the Nissan Navara and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class platform. They are equipped with dCi engines from the Renault Group, and Mercedes also supplies a multitude of components from the Daimler Group.

Among the alternatives to the Alaskan are its platform siblings, as well as the Ford Ranger, the Mitsubishi L200, the Volkswagen Amarok, the Toyota Hilux or the Mazda BT-50. There is only one generation of this vehicle within Renault.

Renault Alaskan. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all Renault Alaskan models that have been produced. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all Renault Alaskan models.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Renault Alaskan I – First Generation (2014)


Diesel Engines

  • M9T260 2.3 dCi 163 163 CV (2017)
  • M9T260 2.3 dCi 163 4×4 (U3MB) 163 CV (2017)
  • M9T260 2.3 dCi 190 4×4 (U3MD) 190 CV (2017)
  • YD2700 2.5 dCi 190 4×4 (U3MA) 190 CV (2016)

Petrol / Gasoline Engines

There are no petrol-engined versions of the Renault Alaskan Gen 1.

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