New Nissan Pulsar hatchback revealed | Auto Express
Nissan is returning to the family hatchback sector with an all new Nissan Pulsar
Nissan has unveiled the all-new Pulsar hatch – its answer to the Ford Focus, VW Golf and Vauxhall Astra. The car marks the brand’s re-entry into the highly competitive family hatch segment for the first time since the Almera ceased production in 2006, and revives a name originally used in 1978 but never here.
The Pulsar is designed to slot below the new Qashqai and X-Trail in the line-up to form a family of three, and its resemblance to its SUV big brothers is striking. At the front, the V-shaped grille surrounding the badge, and angled headlights, are virtually identical to the Qashqai’s, as are the strong shoulder line and upturned crease above the sills.
At 4,385mm in length, the Pulsar is 115mm longer than the Golf. The wheelbase is 63mm longer, too, at 2,700mm. Exact figures have yet to be released, but Nissan claims the new car offers “considerably” more rear leg, shoulder and kneeroom than its rivals.
It’s not only styling that the Pulsar shares with the Qashqai and X-Trail. It has the same LED headlight tech, while the engine line-up is carried over from the Qashqai. This includes the 113bhp 1.2-litre DiG-T petrol turbo, a 1.5 dCi diesel with 108bhp, 260Nm of torque%