Nissan renames the Pulsar, 2017 Tiida coming to China image

The Japanese automaker has decided the new compact model should rehash the Tiida nameplate when it debuts in China, with the new model being introduced on the market sometimes this summer.

Set for a debut today during the Auto China 2016 in Beijing, the 2017 Tiida will simply be a rebranded Nissan Pulsar, which is currently available throughout the Old Continent. The Japanese automaker has decided some cosmetic changes might also be in order, with a modified front fascia with “V Motion” design, new graphics for the headlights, and new wheel designs. Moving inside the cabin, we find a new infotainment system and blind spot detection with an indicator located rather oddly on the trim panel of the doors. Aside from these subtle modifications, we can’t find anything different from the regular, European-market Pulsar, wearing the same overall design for the instrument cluster, automatic climate control, and center console.

Technical details are not yet in but according to the rumor mill, under the hood will sit a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter gasoline engine that churns out 126 horsepower (93 kilowatts) and 114 pound-feet of torque (154 Newton meters). Standard delivery will be provided via a manual box linked to the front wheels, while an optional extra will include the CVT transmission. Before the year ends, another engine – a 1.2-liter turbo – is expected to make its way into the lineup.