Back in the day, the Autech name is usually associated with special models of Nissan's sportier vehicles such as the Skyline, Silvia and the Stagea. Often these special edition units come with more power and a unique styling kit (i.e. Stagea 260 RS, R32 Skyline Autech Version).
In more recent times however, Autech Japan seems to have grown up from the tuner cars and has now kept their hands busy building special edition models of more practical and economic cars like the Serena and the Note. Now, a new model will soon be added to Autech's lineup: the X-Trail.
Officially called the X-Trail Autech, the exterior changes made are hard to spot until you take a closer look. Up front, there's a new bumper with metallic finish accents coupled to a more aggressive-looking grill. At the rear, a new bumper has been fitted together with a sportier dual tip muffler. 19-inch Autech aluminum wheels complete the Autech's exterior makeover.
Step inside and the interior has now been fully upholstered in leather. The seats are then embroidered with the blue 'Autech' lettering. To continue the blue theme, it features blue contrast stitching all around including the door trim, center console and steering wheel. Optional extra include the Autech front, rear and luggage carpets.
Exclusive to the X-Trail Autech is the new paint color – Caspian Blue Metallic – as shown in the photo above. Customers who don't want Autech signature blue color can still order the crossover in the standard color range offered by Nissan.
Unlike older Autech models, no changes were made to the X-Trail's engine. The Autech package is available in all variants of the X-Trail be it 2WD, 4WD or even hybrid. Features found on the standard X-Trail also remain.
The X-Trail Autech is set to go on sale in Japan beginning January 2019. It is uncertain whether you can order the Autech kit separately or if it is only being offered with a new X-Trail.