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Nissan has the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf in its sights with the new Pulsar hatchback, which goes on sale later this month

Nissan's Pulsar will be priced from £15,995 when it goes on sale later this month. The new model, which marks a return for Nissan to the competitive hatchback segment, is intended to rival the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus

The model will come with Nissan's familiar four-tier specification range, dubbed Visia, Acenta, N-tec and Tekna. Entry-level Visia models get a five-inch infotainment screen, 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and air conditioning, cruise control and a start-stop system.

Additional spec granted by Acenta models includes dual-zone climate control and a leather steering wheel, while N-tec cars get upgraded 17-inch alloy wheels, Nissan's Connect2 system and a reversing camera. Top-spec Tekna specification also adds heated leather front seats and lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring systems.

The Pulsar will be produced at Nissan’s plant in Barcelona. It will be the first time that Nissan has been in the segment since the Almera went off sale in 2006, to be indirectly replaced by the Qashqai.

Nissan says the C-segment hatchback has been “designed to meet the specific demands of European car buyers” and will feature “the same high-quality, high-innovation approach that has come to typify Nissan models”.

The Pulsar name first appeared in 1978 and was widely used for models in Asian and Australasian markets over the course of the past four decades, returning full-time to the Australian market last year. It also appeared in certain European markets in the early 1990s on the N14 model.

Although the new model’s design is related to that of the recent Qashqai and X-Trail SUVs and sits in the same class as them, its underpinnings come from elsewhere in the Nissan family. 

The five-seat, 4385mm-long Pulsar hatchback sits on a lengthened version of the Juke’s platform. The Pulsar is 115mm longer than a five-door Golf, 69mm of the extra length coming in the wheelbase. Nissan claims best-in-class rear legroom and shoulder room compared with its rivals.

The engine range will include three turbocharged units — two petrols and one diesel. From launch, there will be a base 113bhp 1.2 DIG-T petrol and a 108bhp 1.5 dCi diesel with CO2 emissions estimated to be 95g/km. A range-topping 187bhp 1.6-litre petrol unit will join the line-up next year. A CVT automatic will be optional alongside a six-speed manual transmission.

Order books for the Pulsar open on 8 July, with first deliveries expected in September. Prices start from £15,995 for an entry-level 1.2-litre model in Visia trim, and rise to £21,945 for a top-spec diesel version in Tekna specification.

Additional reporting by Darren Moss, 4 July 2014


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Chris576 5 July 2014

The Pulsar will be produced at Nissan’s plant in Barcelona...

Thousands of jobs which would have been in Sunderland if we'd joined the euro. The Japanese can't be expected to keep investing in a country that's increasingly looking like it might cut itself off from its market.
winniethewoo 5 July 2014

@chris576 in full dailymail mode...

but what about all them immigrants taking all our jobs, and claiming all the benefits, and taking up nhs beds?
Zeddy 5 July 2014

(Nissan says the C-segment

(Nissan says the C-segment hatchback has been “designed to meet the specific demands of European car buyers” and will feature “the same high-quality, high-innovation approach that has come to typify Nissan models”.)

Like the Micra ?!

winniethewoo 4 July 2014

I thought nissan thought they

I thought nissan thought they couldnt compete with normal cars so developed quashquai / juke / leaf / gtr as non conventional alternatives. this looks a bog standard hatch.