2016 Beijing Motor Show: Nissan Tiida image

Following an early preview ahead of the official start of the Auto China 2016 show, Nissan has now introduced the new Tiida – which is the China-only version of the Pulsar compact hatchback.

Since we’re dealing with a redesign of the already available Pulsar, the Tiida comes with minor changes to the front end which take inspiration from the front fascia seen on the Maxima sedan. The modified V-Motion grille is flanked by stylish headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, and there’s also an updated bumper to complete the styling cues. Meanwhile the cabin is looking identical to the Pulsar sold throughout Europe, with upper specked versions treated to heated leather seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, an infotainment system with a seven-inch screen on the center console, and a multifunctional steering wheel.

The Chinese Tiida will be motivated by a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine – and this is the only choice. There’s a start/stop system for enhanced fuel economy and an “improved” continuously variable transmission, with the model said to return 44.3 miles per gallon (5.3 liters per 100 kilometers) on average. The Tiida has been associated in China with professional basketball player Jianlian Yi, and has niceties such as forward emergency braking, lane departure warning, and blind spot warning.