Nissan wants to conquer the family hatch market with the return of the Pulsar.
Nissan is reviving the Pulsar badge in an attempt to take on the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus in the family hatch market. The Nissan Pulsar is expected to go on sale in the Autumn. UK pricing is yet to be confirmed.
Two turbocharged engines will be available from the get-go, a 113bhp 1.2-litre petrol and 108bhp 1.5-litre dCi diesel. A 187bhp 1.6-litre petrol will reportedly arrive in 2015.
The small engine, big turbo trick means the Pulsar should be pretty eco-friendly. Nissan is, in fact, going for less than 95g/km of CO2 emissions. While there’s no no word on fuel economy at this time, Nissan said to expect some ‘spice’ when it comes to handling.
The Nissan Pulsar has a 2.7m wheelbase and measures 4,385mm in length, making is about as long as the 4,358m Ford Focus Hatch. Rear legroom is said to be 692mm ─ more than enough for the height endowed among us.
Unlike many cars in this segment, the Nissan Pulsar will come with rear view parking cameras as standard. Higher spec models will benefit from blind spot warning and lane departure warning systems. Automatic emergency braking will be an option.
LED headlights and a NissanConnect infotainment system, which can be used for hooking up to a smartphone or tablet, will also feature.
Some of you may find the Pulsar name a bit familiar. That’s because Nissan has used the badge before in certain markets. Here in the UK the Pulsar was known as the Almera, which was axed and replaced by the Qashqai.
Let’s also not forget the Pulsar GTI-R (AKA the Sunny) pocket rocket, which was known among petrolheads for putting much more expensive cars in their place.