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Full Nissan Pulsar details announced

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Nissan shelved its medium hatchback, the Almera, nearly a decade ago and didn’t bother to replace it, coming up with the extremely popular Qashqai off-roader instead. However, the new Pulsar symbolises Nissan’s return to the crowded medium hatchback market.

Where the original Qashqai broke the mould, the Pulsar is an entirely conventional five-door hatchback which doesn’t aim to be upmarket or stylish like most rivals. Where Nissan hopes the Pulsar will capture buyers’ attention is with its class-leading interior space – including more rear legroom than any other car in the class – in-car technology and build quality. Boot space also outstrips many rivals with 385 litres of space on offer.

Engines available at launch consist of a 109bhp 1.5-litre diesel with low enough CO2 emissions for free road tax and a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol model that produces 113bhp. Both of these engines are fitted with start/stop systems to cut emissions.

The diesel motor achieves very strong claimed economy of 78.5mpg with emissions of just 94g per km and improved refinement over its predecessor.

The 1.2-litre petrol comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and can sprint to 62mph in 10.7 seconds with lots of power at low engine speeds for easy progress around town. Fuel bills should also be low with an official economy figure of 56.5mpg and low CO2 emissions of 117g per km. This engine will also be available with Nissan’s XTronic transmission from November 2014. A turbocharged 1.6-litre version with a substantial 187bhp will go on sale in 2015.

Four specifications will be available – Visia, Acenta, n-tec and Tekna – with a long list of standard equipment on all models. Air conditioning, alloy wheels, electric windows front and rear, six airbags, a five-inch display screen and tyre pressure monitoring system are standard on all models.

Lots of new safety kit is available too including moving object detection, which warns you of approaching vehicles when reversing, lane departure warning, blind spot warning and around view monitor – cameras that display a 360 degree overhead view of the car to help when parking. An emergency braking system which can automatically apply the brakes if it senses that a collision is inevitable, is also available.

Prices for the new model start at £15,995 with top-of-the-range Tekna models starting at £20,345.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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