If you’re a fan of retro-inspired modifications to modern vehicles, check out what Alpine Style is bringing to the Tokyo Auto Salon. Carica takes a Toyota Hiace van and it looks like something the Scooby-Doo gang would ride in. The Havana starts out as a Toyota Rise but its nose looks like an old-school Chevrolet Blazer.
The Carica name is a portmanteau of “California Dreaming Car”, the inspiration for this modified Toyota van. Alpine Style is showing it in two forms. The US-style show car features a two-tone tail and white body with chrome parts for the grille, bumper, mirror caps, rear trim and wheels. In contrast, the Euro-style variant gets metallic bumpers and black accents brushed on the rest of the exterior.
The interior showcases Alpine’s technology. There is an 11-inch infotainment screen, a 12-inch digital rearview mirror, and a 12.8-inch display for rear seat occupants. The upgraded stereo includes illuminated surrounds for the tweeters. There is a bed to set up in the back of the van and an expandable tent for overnight camping.
The look of Havana is inspired by the vintage cars that still line the streets of the Cuban capital. New grille, light surrounds, and bumpers get chrome-plated parts. Below the four square headlights, there are LED running lamps and blinkers.
Inside, the Alpine fits its 9.0-inch infotainment screen and a 12-inch digital rearview mirror. A rear people display is optional. The company also upgrades the stereo.
Apart from showcasing these vehicles at the Alpine booth at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the company is also taking orders for these models at the show. According to CarWatch Impress, the Carica has an estimated starting price of 4.98 million yen ($38,608 at current exchange rates), and the Havana should have a base price of around 3.98 million yen ($30,855).