After enjoying huge success with the Qashqai, Nissan is returning to the family hatchback market with the new Pulsar.
Reviving an old name, the Pulsar however promises to be packed full of new technologies including Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning, all as standard on at least one model in the range – something that is unique in the sector.
The Pulsar also features Nissan’s second-generation NissanConnect system that comes with a range of features including full smartphone integration, Google Send-to-Car and access to a wide variety of apps.
Interior space is also promised to be impressive, with the longest wheelbase within its class, with rear legroom said to rival cars from a class above.
Turbocharged engines feature exclusively on the Pulsar, with no normally-aspirated versions available. The 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol unit produces 115PS (113bhp), while the 1.5-litre dCi generates 110PS (108bhp) and 260Nm (192lb-ft) of torque.
A more powerful 190PS (187bhp) 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine will join the range early in 2015. Emissions remain low, at less than 95g/km of CO2.
Significantly, a NISMO tuned version is said to be in the works, something that could rival the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R.
Launching later this year, deliveries of the Pulsar should start in the autumn with the Nismo model to follow early in 2015. Prices are expected to start from around £16,000.