Nissan unveils Pulsar Nismo concept

Just weeks after officially launching the Pulsar hatchback, Nissan has unveiled a new concept mock-up of its rakish Nismo cousin.

Debuting at the Paris Motor Show, the new Nismo concept builds on the production version of the Pulsar, with added motorsport-inspired tweaks.

Exterior

With the same aggressive and head-turning aesthetic touches as the rest of Nissan’s Nismo range, the Pulsar concept features a dramatic design with a satin grey paintwork with angry red detailing.

The front bumper features wider air intakes and arresting brake cooling vents, plus deep side skirts and 19-inch alloy wheels. A diffuser-style rear bumper optimises airflow, while twin exhausts and flared wheel arches further hint at the model’s motorsport pedigree.

Other features include a unique carbon fibre rear spoiler, plus unconventional rear reversing lamps, a carbon fibre finish and chrome detailing around the side windows.

On the inside, the Pulsar Nismo features a bright red rev counter and ergonomically-sculpted sports seats trimmed in Alcantara, plus a race-inspired steering wheel and alloy foot pedals.

Unfortunately, at this stage at least, the Pulsar Nismo model is nothing more than a design concept made to display the abilities and potential of the Nismo motorsport division.

Engine range

No engine or performance details have been released, though Nissan has coyly hinted that there could be more to the model than just a study, saying that “further details will be announced in due course”.

However, the standard Pulsar model will be available to buy later this autumn, priced between £15,995 for the entry level model and £20,345.

Although it hasn’t been released yet, the Pulsar has already generated a great amount of interest in the car market, after having been nominated  for the 2015 European Car of the Year Awards.

Exterior features include confident and bold curves, the distinctive Nissan V-motion grille and ‘boomerang’ LED headlights.

It will be come in four trim grades: the entry-level Visia, Acenta, n-tec and Tekna. Standard equipment across the range includes a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen with a 360 degree image feed from cameras mounted around the body.

A choice of two engines powers the range; a 1.2-litre petrol that produces 113bhp or a 108bhp 1.5-litre diesel.

Both engines come with stop-start technology and are linked with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while an XTronic automatic ‘box can also be specced for a little more.

A more powerful version of the model will be available from early on next year, equipped with a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that’ll produce a hefty 187bhp.