Nissan enthusiasts are all too familiar with the Autech name. The in-house tuning division is known for building some of the brand’s most unique performance models such as the Stagea 260RS and the 4-door, R33 GT-R Autech. More recently, however, the company has been focusing on creating dress-up kits for Nissan’s current models instead of building performance models. The latest model to get the Autech treatment is the Nissan Serena.
For reference, this isn’t the first-time the Serena will get the Autech treatment. Instead, it is an updated model for 2020 which feature new styling and more advanced safety technology. The biggest difference between this and the pre-facelift version would be the exterior design. In front, there’s a more aggressive bumper with large side intake vents and a new blue LED light. The front grill has also been replaced with a new dot pattern.
At the rear, there doesn’t appear to be any changes over the pre-facelifted version. The same story can be said about the van’s side profile. Completing the exterior makeover are the new 16-inch aluminum wheels exclusively offered on the Serena Autech only.
Inside, the cabin has been updated with new leather to make it more comfortable for the driver and passengers. To match Autech’s signature color, the handlebars and seats are finished in blue. The accent colors give a nice contrast to the predominantly black interior.
Aside from aesthetic upgrades, Autech also gave the Serena some major upgrades too. If you’re thinking power upgrades, then you're going to be disappointed. Instead, additional chassis bracing has been added together with a revised suspension in order to improve the van's ride and comfort.
We’ll get to see the Serena Autech up close at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Hopefully, we’ll get to convince Nissan to bring back the model into the country. If not, it'll continue to be a Japan-exclusive model, just like before.