There's a new Nissan crossover...sort of
But it seems there will be a new addition to the Note model range, and it's an interesting one. From compact hatchback, Nissan has turned it into a crossover with the help of Autech.
We're not kidding with the crossover bit. Nissan officially calls it the Note Autech Crossover, and it's essentially a lifted hatchback. Thanks to a specially tuned suspension and larger wheels with chunkier tires, the vehicle gets an additional 25mm ground clearance versus the standard Note. Nissan says the lift and new tires will help the vehicle tackle uneven terrain and even snowy roads with ease.
However, Autech didn't just fit new suspension, wheels, and tires then called it a day. To give it a proper crossover look, the Note Autech comes with black wheel arches, roof moldings, and side sill protectors. Other unique styling details include a dot-pattern front grille exclusive to Autech models, blue LED lighting, and a metal finish on the side mirrors. With all the changes, it certainly looks like a proper crossover.
Nissan says the Note Autech Crossover aims to deliver “a linear, fun and sporty ride in various driving situations”. Aside from providing extra ground clearance, the springs, shock absorbers, and power steering have also been tuned for better ride comfort.
Inside, the cabin mostly remains unchanged. To match the Autech theme, there are blue accents everywhere – from the seats to the sidings. For a more upscale feel, the instrument panel is adorned with faux-rosewood grain.
Like the standard Note, the Autech Crossover is powered exclusively by Nissan's hybrid e-Power drivetrain. Nissan did not go into details but expect output to be the same. For reference, the Note and Note Aura uses a 1.2-liter HR12DE gasoline engine that serves as a generator to power the electric motors. The motors are rated at 135 PS and 300 Nm torque and is available either with FWD or 4WD.
As with most Autech models, the new Note Autech Crossover will likely be exclusive to Japan only. But given the opportunity, would you own one?