The Japanese company has finally decided to bring a model again into the traditional European compact segment, also reviving the Pulsar name in the process.
The brand new Pulsar five-door hatchback is ready to bring the brand back into the high-selling volume, after narrowly skimping it with the Quashqai crossover for a long time. Now, the Japanese brand – the largest vehicle manufacturer in the UK – has revealed pricing details for the model on the British market. As a fun fact, while Nissan’s Sunderland factory keeps growing, the production of the Pulsar model is actually handled by the automaker’s Barcelona, Spain factory.
The model is set to take on the likes of Ford’s Focus (UK’s second best-sold car) or the initiator of the compact segment – Volkswagen’s Golf. In the UK, the entry-level Pulsar model will have a price of 15,995 British pounds for the Visia trim. The generous compact model also brags about its 2,700 mm wheelbase – considered by Nissan as the best in its class. There are three additional trim levels, the Acenta, starting from £17,645, followed by the “n-tec” at £18,995 and topping out at the Tekna level, priced from £20,345.
Engine choices are limited for the moment, with a 1.2 DIG-T 115PS (85kW) gasoline engine mated to a six-speed manual or XTronic transmission. Thanks to the 190 Nm available, the Pulsar reaches 62 mph in 10.7 seconds and has an Idle Start/Stop system that aids in delivering an impressive 56.5 mpg average fuel economy. There’s also a Renault sourced 1.5 dCi 110PS (81kW) that has a carbon footprint of just 94g/km of CO2 – thanks to the combined 78.5 mpg fuel economy rating.