Nissan Pulsar hatchback is here to rival Volkswagen Golf
Japanese automakers, Nissan, have revealed its new Pulsar compact hatchback, marking its re-entry into the highly competitive family hatchback segment ever since the Almera went out of production in 2006. Made specially for Europe, Nissan aims to take on market leader Volkswagen Golf with the new Pulsar.
Nissan Pulsar Compact Hatch is slotted below the new Qashqai and X Trail. Though a hatchback, it measures 4,385mm in length offering more leg, shoulder and knee room as compared to the market leader Volkswagen Gold.
Besides sharing some styling with Qashqai, the new Pulsar also has the same LED headlight technology and similar engine specifications. Pulsar engine options include a 1.2 liter DiG T Petrol turbo engine offering 113 bhp power, a 1.5 liter dCi diesel offering 108 bhp and 260 Nm torque while a 1.6 liter turbo offering 187 bhp is also being presented on the range topping version.
Where on board safety features are concerned, Pulsar receives Nissan’s Safety Shield Package which includes safety systems such as Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning. NissanConnect System with smartphone integration, Google Send-to-Car and other apps will also be on hand along with full LED headlamps.
Nissan’s next generation Pulsar compact hatch will compete against Ford Focus and VW Golf. It is being designed with the European market in mind while production will be conducted from the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain.
NISSAN BRINGS TECHNOLOGY, STYLE AND SECTOR-LEADING SPACE TO THE C-SEGMENT – INTRODUCING THE NEW NISSAN PULSAR
All-new Pulsar five-door hatchback distils Nissan’s innovation and dynamism into an exciting new package
Acclaimed technologies including Around View Monitor and sector-first safety and comfort systems
Powerful yet frugal all-turbocharged engine range
Bold extension of Nissan’s acclaimed design direction
Designed and engineered for Europe, built at Nissan’s Barcelona plant
On sale from Autumn 2014
PARIS, France, 20th May 2014 – Nissan’s passion for innovation and technology has seen it transform the family car landscape over the course of the last seven years. Now, using the same design approach and original thinking that produced the Qashqai, X-Trail and Note, Nissan is expanding its product portfolio once more with an exciting all-new family hatchback challenger – the Pulsar.
Combining bold design, technical innovations and interior space, the new Pulsar brings a new dimension to the C-segment, offering all the familiar Nissan qualities in a stylish new package.
The Pulsar’s introduction highlights Nissan’s ambition and to deliver intelligent design and technical innovations to a wider audience.
As Nissan drivers have come to expect, the new Pulsar is packed with a range of accessible and useful technologies designed to make drivers feel more confident and comfortable. Nissan’s reputation for introducing new-to-sector technologies has been strengthened with a wide number of features usually reserved for premium or luxury models.
Nissan’s advanced Safety Shield – a suite of systems and technologies that combine to offer a fully comprehensive ‘safety net’ for drivers – is also fully integrated into the Pulsar’s design.
This advanced network of usable yet highly advanced technologies help drivers to fully enjoy the potential of the new Pulsar with complete confidence. Among the systems offered in the new Pulsar are Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning.
Nissan’s ongoing drive to deliver sector-first technologies mean that the Pulsar is the only car in its sector to offer Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning as standard on at least one model in the range.
The Pulsar also features Nissan’s second-generation NissanConnect system – that comes with a range of innovative features including full smartphone integration, Google® Send-to-Car and access to a wide variety of useful and informative apps.
Another advanced technology integrated into the Pulsar’s design are LED headlamps. First introduced to the Nissan range on the Qashqai and X-Trail, the Pulsar’s distinctive LED front lights produce a crisp, white light and have the added advantage of using 50 per cent less power than conventional bulbs.
Efficient and powerful drivetrains
In keeping with Nissan’s approach to innovation and reduced costs for owners, the Pulsar’s engine all-turbocharged engine range delivers the perfect combination of performance and efficiency. The 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol unit punches above its weight with an output of 115PS, while the 1.5-litre dCi generates 110PS and 260Nm of torque. An even more powerful 190PS 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine will join the range early in 2015.
Continuing Nissan’s successful downsizing philosophy, the new Pulsar’s engines are high on performance and low on emissions, with CO2 outputs below 95g/km*. The Pulsar is also offered with Nissan’s advanced XTronic automatic transmission. Engineered to deliver the best of both worlds for drivers it features ultra-smooth power delivery at low engine speeds and positive, direct shifts under heavier loads.
Setting new standards for cabin space
Thanks to the longest wheelbase in the class (2,700mm) and clever packaging, the Pulsar offers considerably more rear legroom and shoulder room than its sector rivals. Indeed, with 692mm of rear kneeroom, the Pulsar is more spacious than many D-segment offerings.
Yet despite this it retains a compact footprint (length 4,385mm), making it easy to park in tight urban environments.
Energetic, athletic styling
Instantly recognisable thanks to its trademark Nissan V-motion grille and boomerang-shaped lighting signature with bold and energetic curves on the body side, the Pulsar was designed and engineered for Europe and will be built at Nissan’s Barcelona production facility.
Embedded with the same design DNA that gives the Qashqai and X-Trail such powerful road presence, the Pulsar combines strong lines with immaculate detailing to create an elegant, athletic form. Like its crossover stablemates, the Pulsar is characterised by bold wheel volumes, a tapered waistline and a flowing profile.
The confident, premium approach continues inside, where high quality materials and clear design are perfectly integrated with Pulsar’s unusually high equipment levels.