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Nissan Pulsar gets 187bhp turbo engine

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Nissan has added a sporty range-topping model to its Pulsar medium hatchback line-up, in the form of the Pulsar DIG-T 190.

Aiming to compete with the recent raft of performance hatchbacks, including the Peugeot 308 GT, the new model features a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine which develops a substantial 187bhp and launches this family hatchback from a standstill to 62mph in a brisk 7.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 135mph.

Despite its increased performance, the new Pulsar DIG-T 190 returns strong official fuel economy of 49.5mpg and emits just 134g/km CO2, meaning that car tax bills will set back buyers £130 per year under the current rules.

To ensure the Pulsar can cope with the additional power, Nissan has revised the car’s suspension and added extra structural bracing to make it a sharper drive around corners. The electric power steering has also been retuned to make it more responsive for keener drivers.

In keeping with its sporty new persona, the DIG-T 190 gets a smattering of styling upgrades, including unique two-tone alloy wheels, new headlight designs and chrome exhaust tips. Meanwhile, on the inside passengers are treated to leather upholstery with unique stitching and a new range of dashboard finishes. This new engine is available in Acenta, n-tec and Tekna trim levels, with top-spec Tekna cars gaining 18-inch wheels over the standard 17-inch versions fitted to Acenta and n-tec models.

The Nissan Pulsar DIG-T 190 is available to order now with prices starting at £19,645.

Author: Daljinder Nagra

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