Published on May 21st, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Nissan Brings A New ‘Pulsar’ Hot Hatch
Combining bold design, technical innovations and interior space, the new Pulsar brings a new dimension to the C-segment, offering all the familiar Nissan qualities in a stylish new package. The Pulsar’s introduction highlights Nissan’s ambition and to deliver intelligent design and technical innovations to a wider audience.
As Nissan drivers have come to expect, the new Pulsar is packed with a range of accessible and useful technologies designed to make drivers feel more confident and comfortable. Nissan’s reputation for introducing new-to-sector technologies has been strengthened with a wide number of features usually reserved for premium or luxury models.
Nissan’s advanced Safety Shield – a suite of systems and technologies that combine to offer a fully comprehensive ‘safety net’ for drivers – is also fully integrated into the Pulsar’s design.
This advanced network of usable yet highly advanced technologies help drivers to fully enjoy the potential of the new Pulsar with complete confidence. Among the systems offered in the new Pulsar are Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning.
Nissan’s ongoing drive to deliver sector-first technologies mean that the Pulsar is the only car in its sector to offer Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning as standard on at least one model in the range.
The Pulsar also features Nissan’s second-generation NissanConnect system – that comes with a range of innovative features including full smartphone integration, Google® Send-to-Car and access to a wide variety of useful and informative apps.
Another advanced technology integrated into the Pulsar’s design are LED headlamps. First introduced to the Nissan range on the Qashqai and X-Trail, the Pulsar’s distinctive LED front lights produce a crisp, white light and have the added advantage of using 50 per cent less power than conventional bulbs.
Efficient and powerful drivetrains
In keeping with Nissan’s approach to innovation and reduced costs for owners, the Pulsar’s engine 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. Continuing Nissan’s successful downsizing philosophy, the new Pulsar’s engines are high on performance and low on emissions, with CO2 outputs below 95g/km. The Pulsar is also offered with Nissan’s advanced XTronic automatic transmission. Engineered to deliver the best of both worlds for drivers it features ultra-smooth power delivery at low engine speeds and positive, direct shifts under heavier loads.
Setting new standards for cabin space
Thanks to the longest wheelbase in the class (2,700mm) and clever packaging, the Pulsar offers considerably more rear legroom and shoulder room than its sector rivals. Indeed, with 692mm of rear kneeroom, the Pulsar is more spacious than many D-segment offerings. Yet despite this it retains a compact footprint (length 4,385mm), making it easy to park in tight urban environments.