Minivans aren’t normally vehicles you’d associate with cool, but this is exactly what Nissan has managed to achieve with the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon reveal of its newest special edition variant, the—get ready for it—Highway Star Jet Black Urban Chrome Elgrand.
Yep, the name is quite a mouthful. Thankfully, its proposition is anything but.
Basically, the Highway Star Jet Black Urban Chrome Elgrand (alright, this is the last time we’re referring to this by its full moniker) is the more intimidating, blacked-out version of the company’s premium minivan offering.
It sits low and wide, with tons of jet black bits on the outside. This includes the exterior’s front grille, foglamp housings, and graphite-finished aluminum 18-inch wheels. The cabin, meanwhile, gets very snazzy-looking premium tan leather (including on its two second-row captain’s chairs), and woodgrain accents on the steering wheel and shift knob.
And that's about everything that makes the vehicle worthy of its ridiculously long moniker. Other additions worth noting include a NissanConnect navigation system, and convenience features like an around-view monitor, twin sunroofs, one-touch sliding doors, and a remote tailgate.
How much for this? Well, it depends on what engine option you go for. There’s the VQ35DE engine capable of 276hp and 344Nm of torque, and the QR25DE mill with 168hp and 245Nm. Price ranges from 4,373,600 yen (P2 million) to 5,739,800 yen (P2.6 million).
Do you think this baby can give the likes of the Toyota Alphard a real run for its money?