The Pulsar’s introduction highlights Nissan’s ambition and desire to deliver intelligent design and technical innovation to the widest possible audience. Instantly recognisable thanks to its trademark Nissan V-motion grille, boomerang signature headlamp characteristics and bold, muscular curves, the Pulsar was designed and engineered for Europe and will be built at Nissan’s Barcelona production facility.
The Pulsar combines strong lines with outstanding detailing to create an elegant, athletic form. As drivers have come to expect from Nissan, the new Pulsar is fitted with a range of accessible and technologies designed to make the ride feel more confident and comfortable.
In keeping with Nissan’s approach to innovation and reduced costs for owners, the Pulsar’s all-turbocharged engine range delivers the perfect combination of performance and efficiency. The 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol unit punches above its weight with an output of 115PS, while the 1.5-litre dCi generates 110PS and 260Nm of torque. An even more powerful 190PS 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine will join the range early in 2015, expanding the Pulsar’s appeal to wider audiences still. Both launch engines are fitted with Idle Stop-Start as standard, helping to reduce CO2 emissions and boost fuel efficiency.
1.2 DIG-T 115PS (85kW)
Proving that you don’t need a large capacity to deliver strong performance, the 1.2-litre DIG-T engine is one of the most advanced in the C-segment. The Alliance-developed unit has been specifically tuned for Pulsar and delivers 115PS at 4,500rpm.
Combined with a high torque output of 190Nm at just 2,000rpm, the petrol-powered Pulsar delivers sharp acceleration and strong in-gear flexibility. Driving through a six-speed manual transmission, the 1.2-litre DIG-T is capable of accelerating the Pulsar from 0-62mph in 10.7 seconds.
Equally impressive are the 1.2-litre DIG-T’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions. With fuel consumption of 56.5mpg on the combined cycle and emissions of 117g/km.
Driving through a six-speed manual transmission, this advanced turbocharged engine delivers 115PS (85kW) and generates 190Nm of torque. Despite its modest size, the 1.2-litre engine packs a real punch, offering sharper acceleration and greater flexibility than the 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine.
The 1.2-litre DIG-T is equipped with Idle Start/Stop as standard, and benefits from a raft of fuel-saving technologies, including a regenerative alternator, optimised gear ratios and special low-viscosity oils.
1.5 dCi 110PS (81kW)
The Pulsar’s diesel option takes the form a four-cylinder 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel. This 110PS Renault-Nissan Alliance-developed unit emits just 94g/km of CO₂ and offers a combined fuel economy figure of 78.5mpg.
The sixth-generation 1.5-litre dCi unit is smoother, more efficient and more refined than previous versions. Major changes to the engine’s internals have resulted in quieter operation and a reduction in vibration, while the overall weight of the unit has been reduced with new lightweight components.
Tuned specifically for the Pulsar, it features a number of advanced fuel-saving features, including the Idle Stop-Start system as standard. Considerable work has gone into reducing noise and vibration during the process, with the result being a smooth and unobtrusive start-up.
Nissan has also worked hard on the usability of the Pulsar’s Stop-Start system, significantly refining the logic that controls the restart process. For example, if the driver applies a significant amount of steering lock while at standstill, the Stop-Start anticipates the application of throttle and restarts the engine.
From launch, Pulsar will be available in four familiar grades – Visia, Acenta, n-tec and Tekna – giving buyers the ability to easily choose a model that best suits their lifestyle and their budget.
The entry level Visia, priced from £15,995.