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.