The Japanese automaker has maintained a discrete presence in Europe in the standard compact segment, previously with the Tiida and for some years now with the Pulsar.
You can’t really say the Pulsar is just as popular as the Golf / Octavia / Leon trio, Focus, Astra, or the 308 / C4 – so the Japanese company is looking to spice up things a little bit with the usual special series treatment. The new Pulsar Black Edition started life as a mid-range trim and was enhanced with design tricks such as black door mirror caps, new bezels for the headlights with a dark finish and market-dependent 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels with black or two-tone finish. Nissan also takes a point of reminding us this is the model with the best-in-class rear legroom, apparently besting the Octavia in that department.
The Black Edition also comes with additional standard perks – rear privacy glass, part-leather seat upholstery, and a smallish five-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. The NissanConnect gets AUX and USB ports, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity with support for audio streaming. Powertrains include a turbocharged 1.2-liter gasoline unit with 115 horsepower or a turbodiesel 1.5-liter packing 110 hp. These are well known engines, used across the Renault Nissan alliance in models from all brands, so they should be quite reliable.