Nissan has announced full prices and specifications for the new Pulsar family hatchback. The cheapest Pulsar will be the Pulsar Visia, starting from £15,995. It’s equipped with a five-inch touchscreen infotainment centre, Bluetooth connectivity and air-conditioning. 16-inch alloys are standard, while cruise control and electric mirrors are also factory-fit.
Spending from £17,645 gets you the second Pulsar model: the Acenta. Extra kit comes in the shape of autonomous emergency braking, dusk-sensing lights, automatic wipers and keyless entry.
The third model in the family is the Pulsar ntec, which brings 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass and LED running lights. A reversing camera and upgraded infotainment system with extra functionality like smartphone integration and downloadable apps is also thrown in. It’ll set you back £18,995.
Topping the tree is the Nissan Pulsar Tekna. Starting at £20,345, Nissan throws everything it’s got into the car, adding safety features like moving object detection, lane departure and blind spot warning aids, under the ‘Nissan Safety Shield’ umbrella. Heated leather seats are also added to garnish the top-dog Tekna.
Under the Pulsar’s bonnet, Nissan will offer the choice of either the 113bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine seen in the recently updated Juke crossover, or the brand’s 109bhp 1.5-litre turbodiesel driving the front wheels. A choice of six-speed manual or ‘Xtronic’ CVT automatic transmissions are offered.
Nissan has also confirmed there’ll be a faster 189bhp, 240Nm 1.6-litre petrol Pulsar available from early 2015. Company insiders suggest that the 215bhp engine from the Juke Nismo RS will make it into the car in due course as a Pulsar Nismo hot hatch flagship, aimed at the Ford Focus ST and VW Golf GTI.