A couple months ago we learned that Nissan will be bringing back their Pulsar hatchback to compete with Europe’s finest premium cars. Now that the car’s autumn-scheduled launch is only a few months away, Nissan has finally unveiled official pricing and specs for the UK-version of their revived model.
At the time, we’d already seen most of the mechanical details of Europe’s upcoming Japanese hatchback. The new Nissan Pulsar will boast two highly efficient, direct injected powertrain options – a 1.2L petrol with 113hp and a 1.5L diesel with 110hp. However, early next year a NISMO-esque 1.6L DIG-T petrol will join the range with 187hp. All in all, these engines allow the Pulsar to move fast and accelerate quickly without exceeding 95 g/km of CO2 output.
What we didn’t know is exactly what Nissan will be aiming for when they release the new Pulsar family to the European market. Apparently, they explicitly won’t be targeting the sporty hot hatch segment of the market… At least, not yet. Instead, Andy Palmer told European car mag, AutoExpress.co.uk, that he’s more interested in a solid, premium-feeling hatchback that keeps current and future customers in the Nissan family.
“I’m not looking for a car that is ultimately very, very sporty,” Palmer explained, “I’m looking for something that can transition a customer from a Qashqai to a hatchback … We want to keep ex-Qashqai buyers in the Nissan family. It has to have a familiar design and handling.”
As you can see, the new Nissan pulsar certainly boasts a very modern design that fits right into the rest of Nissan’s lineup. The blacked out B- and C-pillars paired with the swoopy, linear design bring a lot of attention to the car’s extravagant V-motion grille. All in all, the design is very cohesive and likely looks stunning across a wide range of colors and trims.
Speaking of trims, the 2015 Nissan Pulsar will launch with four of them, each described below:
Nissan Pulsar Visia – Starting at £15,995, the basic Visia trim still comes with tons of tech. goodies like a five-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel-mounted controls, along with 16-inch alloy wheels, start/stop fuel efficiency, and all the normal stuff like AC and cruise control.
Nissan Pulsar Acenta – The second trim package starts at £17,645, which buys you the keyless i-Key system, automatic Forward Emergency Braking, and automatic wipers and headlights.
Nissan Pulsar n-tec – At £18,995, this next upgrade brings you 17-inch alloys, tinted privacy glass, a rearview backup camera, new LED running lights, and an all-around upgraded infotainment system with even more smartphone integration.
Nissan Pulsar Tekna – finally, the Tekna trim tops the line at £20,345 with improved leather trim, heated seats, and most importantly a plethora of new safety features that Nissan calls their Nissan Safety Shield. This includes automatic Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Around-View Monitor. Oh, and you get electric folding mirrors as a final minor bonus.
Even if you end up with the most basic trim package, what makes the new Nissan Pulsar such a great car is its foundational design and engineering. “It’s very smooth, and doesn’t transmit impulses back into the car,” describes Palmer. “It’s very solid, and very neutral … The steering is quite light so it’s good for urban use and normal customers. The NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) is better than our competitors. Wind noise is excellent and structural noises very good.” We can’t wait to see the real thing this fall!leave a response, trackback from your own site