The Nissan Elgrand’s Nismo version is nice, but it’s not exactly something we see ourselves enjoying here in the Philippine setting. This, on the other hand? We definitely wouldn’t mind stealing glances behind this thing’s wheel on EDSA traffic.
This is the Nissan Elgrand after Autech’s been done with it. No changes in performance here, but going fast isn’t exactly what the company had in mind building this thing.
Outside, you’ll find a host of aesthetic add-ons. The most standout upgrades here are new signature LEDs and snazzy 18-inch aluminum wheels. The intricate grille is now finished in dark chrome, and the exterior is capped off by side skirts, front and rear bumper finishes, dark chrome foglight trim, and Autech badging.
Four colors are available here: Dark Blue, Midnight Black, Pure White Pearl, and Dark Metal Gray. Dark Blue is our pick here, as the minivan simply pops out more in this finish.
The alterations Autech has made inside are just as extensive. Black leather seats get an exclusive quilted pattern and blue contrast stitching. Actually, everything—from the door panels to components like the shift knob and steering wheel—get the blue stitching and leather combination. You’ll also find a generous amount of wood trim. And, like the exterior, Autech’s presence is solidified courtesy of interior badging.
How much? The two-wheel-drive base unit with the Autech package carries a ¥4,780,600 (around P2.14 million) price tag. Not bad.
Frankly, if the Elgrand somehow makes it to local shores, it would easily be one of the best-looking models in the minivan segment. Do you like what Autech has done here or would you rather see the Elgrand carrying a more subtle vibe?