- NEW CAR NEWS – NISSAN PULSAR
NISSAN is aiming to blast its rivals into orbit when its new Pulsar model arrives this autumn.
The newcomer marks the Japanese brand’s return to the family hatchback scene and will go head to head with proven top sellers like the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf.
Thanks to smart packaging and what Nissan says is the longest wheelbase in the class, the Pulsar offers better rear leg and shoulder room than the opposition.
And with 692mm of rear knee room, it is claimed to be more spacious than many offerings from the sector above while retaining its compact appeal.
Safety and technology both seem sure to play a leading role in the Pulsar’s attraction, the likes of Around View Monitor, Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning all available.
The Pulsar also features Nissan’s second-generation NissanConnect system – that comes with features like smartphone integration, Google Send-to-Car and access to apps.
Another technology integrated into the Pulsar’s design are LED headlamps – first introduced by Nissan on the Qashqai and X-Trail.
Beneath the bonnet will be an all-turbocharged engine range including the 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol unit with an output of 115PS, while the 1.5-litre dCi diesel generates 110PS.
The plan is for an even more powerful 190PS 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine to join the party early next year.
Emissions will drop below 95g/km and the Pulsar will also be available with the brand’s XTronic automatic transmission.