New Renault Alpine A110 Production Car Ready for Geneva

A new version of the Renault Alpine A110 will debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. But Renault is giving us an early look now at its reborn classic, which looks nearly identical to the Alpine Vision concept we saw at last year’s Monte Carlo Rally.

The mid-engine coupe, which is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, recalls the Alpine A110 Berlinette that was built from the early 1960s to the late 1970s by the French company using Renault engines and parts.

“Its name is A110, reflecting the timeless principles of compact size, lightweight, and agility that made the success of the ‘Berlinette,” according to Alpine’s brief press release.

Alpine A110 Teaser Side 1

Alpine A110 Teaser Side 1

Alpine’s A110 sports a full aluminum platform and upper body for optimum weight savings and agility, we are also told.

The new Alpine reinterprets the hood shape and quad headlights of the original. Also recognizable to fans of the rally racer is the L-shaped line that runs along the door to the rear wheel.

Alpine has been taking $2,000 deposits for the “Premiere Edition” of 1,955 vehicles for several months now. The retro-styled car is available in blue, white, and black. Alpine claims the car can do 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds. The Premiere Edition starts at about $62,000.

Alpine is expected to start deliveries of the A110 toward the end of the year in continental Europe, then Japan and the U.K. in 2018. Alpine says it will be available in 13 countries, but there are no plans to bring it to the U.S. at this time.

More details about the two-seater will be revealed on March 7 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Source: Renault

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Compact High Rider: 2018 Toyota C-HR

Previewing Toyota’s latest model.

2018 Toyota C-HR.

2018 Toyota C-HR.

As of this writing, I’m in Austin, Texas, putting on the finishing touches to your review of the 2018 Toyota C-HR. This all-new model rolls into US showrooms in April and will slot just below the RAV4 in Toyota’s SUV product line.

But I can’t tell you everything I know about this vehicle, at least not until March 8, 2017. That’s the date when embargoed information about the C-HR’s driving impressions, pricing, and fuel economy is lifted. So, please check back here then for the complete scoop.

2018 Toyota C-HR.

2018 Toyota C-HR

What I can tell you is that the Toyota C-HR is something completely different from what we’ve seen for this brand. Originally conceived as a Scion product, the automaker transitioned this vehicle to the Toyota brand once it decided to cancel Scion. I can also tell you is that the same pricing philosophy espoused by Scion is on display here and builds on other Scion-to-Toyota models, including the Yaris iA, Corolla iM, and the Toyota 86.

Toyota says that “C-HR” stands for Coupe High-Rider. What you have is a coupe-like design married to a high profile. This means you sit up high while driving. Naturally, you don’t enjoy the same driving characteristics of a low-slung coupe. At the same time, there is an advantage that I’ll make known when my full review is published.

The C-HR is built on an all-new global platform. It is actually a “C segment” model like the RAV4, but it is slightly smaller. It takes aim at the B segment or subcompact SUVs, including the Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3, Fiat 500X, and others. Add the Kia Soul to this mix.

2018 Toyota C-HR

Front-Wheel Drive Only

Unlike its competitors, the Toyota C-HR is front-wheel drive only. This may put the vehicle at a disadvantage, especially for people who want the added security of all-wheel drive. My thinking, however, is that this SUV will appeal to a group of consumers who are looking for something else, namely fun-to-drive characteristics, something the C-HR has.

All models are powered by an new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. No six-speed manual gearbox is available. At least not in North America. Europe will see the manual and drivers there will enjoy throttle blips for rev-matched downshifting. In my opinion, this feature will eventually arrive in US-spec models. It just has to!

There are a few other things I can tell you about the CH-R.

First, it seats five. The front bucket seats are generously bolstered, offering very good support to your hips and back.

Second, the rear 60-40 seat holds three, but two is ideal. Even then, cabin room is skewed toward the front occupants, therefore this vehicle is ideal for two. That said, if you must sit in the back, headroom is not an issue — I’m nearly 6-feet tall and there was room to spare.

2018 Toyota CH-R

Third, the rear storage space is fairly sizable. Fold down the rear seat and two people have enough room to carry a week’s worth of luggage with them.

Fourth, if you like color schemes the C-HR won’t disappoint you. In addition to such standard colors as black, white, red, and blue, there are three two-tone colors available — this means that the roofs are white and the body is another color, such as green or blue. It looks great and reminds me of a similar paint scheme found on the FJ Cruiser.

Fifth, there is a distinct diamond theme running through the C-HR. Look closely and you can see it on the exterior. Inside, the diamonds are on the door panels, the headliner, and in other places you might not expect it. We found it a cool way to showcase this vehicle.

2018 Toyota C-HR.

Stay Tuned!

So, to wrap up for now I’ve included a bunch of photos to whet your appetite. Come the second Wednesday of March, I’ll fill in the details about this sporty, new model.


2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR.

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