Nissan has confirmed it will launch a brand new family hatchback in autumn 2014, called the Pulsar.
The five-door model will directly compete against the likes of the Ford Focus and the Vauxhall Astra within the bustling C-segment.
Initial Teaser Image
The face of the new Pulsar has been shown in an initial teaser image released by Nissan. Although the image doesn’t reveal the car’s entire appearance, it’s noticeable that the Pulsar’s front grille and headlights share a strong resemblance to the new Qashqai and Nissan X-Trail.
The Pulsar will sit below both the Qashqai and the X-Trail in Nissan’s range but above the likes of the Juke mini-SUV and the new Note supermini.
Nissan has used the named Pulsar before and it has been put to particularly frequent use in Asia and Australasian markets over the course of the last four decades. Nissan has also sold models carrying the name Pulsar in certain European markets back during the early 1990s.
Full YouTube reveal later this month
More details will be revealed on the new Nissan Pulsar on the 20th May, when the car will get a full reveal online via YouTube.
For now, however, few other details have been confirmed regarding the new Pulsar, other than the fact it will be built at Nissan’s Barcelona plant.
The new Pulsar is being made to attract motorists interested in buying a family car but wouldn’t naturally consider a crossover vehicle, like the Qashqai or X-Trail for instance.
While the Pulsar should prove slimmer and nimbler then Nissan’s crossover models, it’s already clear that the styling is taking inspiration from both.
Numerous online reports suggest that the Pulsar will also share similar interior styling and equipment to the latest Nissan crossover models. Engines are also likely to be shared so expect the Pulsar to feature a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol unit and a 1.5-litre dCi diesel unit.
In its most frugal specification the Nissan Pulsar could return a combined fuel economy of up to 80mpg and CO2 emission outputs should start below 100g/km. A CO2 emissions output that low could easily be achieved by the 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine.
The Nissan Pulsar is also likely to support stop-start engine technology to improve fuel economy and emissions further. Nissan’s latest high-tech safety kit, known collectively as Safety Shield, is also likely to be made available.
On the basis of Nissan’s recently launched Qashqai and upcoming X-Trail, standard equipment for the Pulsar could include air conditioning, cruise control, full electric windows and a CD/radio player.
Reports suggest that pricing for the new Nissan Pulsar will start from around £16,000.