This week Nissan lifted the curtain off its new Serena hybrid minivan sporting an e-POWER electric drive system at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The Serena e-Power has subtle dimensions; its appearance is a cross between the toaster-looking Scion xB and the Toyota Alphard and Vellfire minivans, models exclusive to Japan. It flaunts a sharp descending side crease at the handles, short wheel arches, cat-eye headlights, and a blue-accented grille badge. At the front, its windshield and hood dip, nearly meeting at the same incline.

First introduced in 2016 in the Japanese Note hatchback, its initial specs comprised of a 1.2-liter, three-cylinder HR12DE engine with the Leaf’s EM57 motor. Its e-POWER powertrain is distinguished by its use of a gas engine to charge the battery, unlike traditional hybrids that rely on an external charger.

The technology is known for its quiet ride with electric motors delivering torque straight to the wheels, with hill climbs receiving power from both the electric motor and battery for extra oomph. Throttle use is also minimized, resulting in improved fuel efficiency.

No word if the Serena will carry the original Note’s three driving modes: Normal, S, and Eco.

Another development is its inclusion of its semi-autonomous, single-lane driver assistance suite, the ProPILOT, which features lane departure warning, automatic stop, and adaptive cruise control capabilities. The suite also requires one hand on a torque sensor-equipped steering wheel to sense the driver, gradually slowing down upon non-responsiveness. Use of hands on the steering wheel is needed to operate.

Few specifications have been revealed regarding its interior features, other than that it will carry blue-accented captain seats, a second-row seating design that allows easier third-row access. This is facilitated using added space between seats and fold-down capability, a weakness of the traditional bench seat popular with many three-row minivans.

The Serena e-POWER is expected to go on sale in Spring 2018, exclusive to Japan.