Nissan Pulsar teased
Nissan is returning to the sector of family hatchback with a brand new Pulsar model that the brand unleashed recently. It is Nissan's answer to the Vauxhall Astra, the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf. The model marks the re-entry of the brand into the extremely competitive segment of family hatchbacks since the Almera model was discontinued back in 2006 and revives a name that was used in 1978 originally, though never in the United Kingdom.
What will the new Nissan Pulsar look like?
The Nissan Pulsar is designed to sit below the Nissan Qashqai and the Nissan X-Trail models in the company's line-up to form a family of three, the models resemblance to it's big SUV brothers is rather striking. At the front of the car, the grille is v shaped and surrounds the badge and the headlights which are angled and are more or less identical to that of the Qashqai model, as is the upturned crease above the window sills and the strong shoulder line.
The Pulsar is 4,385mm in length, which makes it longer than the Golf by 115mm, it's wheelbase is longer aswell by 63mm, at 2,700mm. Exact figures haven't been released as of yet, though the company claims that the model offers a considerable amount more leg and shoulder room than it's rivals do.
What will power the new Nissan Pulsar?
It is not only styling that the Pulsar model shares with the Qashqai and the X-Trail, it also has the same LED headlight technology, whilst the engine line-up has been carried over from the Qashqai model. Including the 113 brake horsepower DiG-T 1.2 litre petrol turbo engine, a dCi 1.5 diesel with an output of 108 brake horsepower, 260 newton metres of torque and CO2 emissions of 95g, along with a 187 brake horsepower 1.6 turbo under the range topping warm hatch's bonnet.
A Pulsar Nismo model to rival the Volkswagen Golf GTI is likely to have an 197 brake horsepower version of the exact same engine, whilst the Pulsar Nismo RS, will have an output of 215 brake horsepower and will feature a mechanical limited slip differential on the front axle and is expected sometime in the nearby future.
Since the Nissan Pulsar name was used since it's introduction in 1978 across global markets. In some markets in Europe the Sunny model was called Pulsar, it was also used on the car that we call the Almera. It is expected that the Nissan Pulsar will be going on sale this year in autumn and will have a starting price of about £16,000.