2013 Nissan Pulsar Sedan Revealed Ahead Of Australian Debut

Mike Stevens | Apr 23, 2012


Nissan has teased its next-generation small sedan at this week's Beijing Auto Show, destined for a global rollout over the next two years.

In China and Japan, the new car will be known as the Sylphy, while in the US market it will enter as the successor to the current Sentra.

Locally, the Sylphy was once sold as the Pulsar sedan, and with the Pulsar badge now set to return to Australian roads, it is this name we will see on the new small sedan later this year.

Nissan Australia hopes the Pulsar will unseat the Mazda3 as the number-one selling small car on the market.

It will need to, if Nissan is to achieve its goal of beating Hyundai and Mazda as the highest-selling fully-imported brand in Australia by the end of March 2013.

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Looking like a cross between the larger 2013 Altima and the recent Infiniti LE concept, the Sylphy wears a prominent character line along its profile, dipping below the glasshouse before rising again into the top of the front guards.

At the front, the Sylphy features the familiar harpoon headlights featured on the new Altima and the hero 370Z sports car, mirrored at the rear with a similar tail-light design.

Inside, the international variant shown here features chrome and wood-look highlights, along with a tall centre stack, large LCD display and a three-spoke steering wheel.

Nissan promises a roomy cabin and high-quality materials inside the new global sedan.

Power for the Sylphy is provided by a new 1.8 litre petrol engine (output has not been revealed), mated to Nissan's next-gen XTronic continuously variable automatic transmission.


Nissan Australia has confirmed the Pulsar sedan will go on sale in Australia this coming Summer, either late this year or early in 2013.

The hatch will follow at a later date.

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  • 5valvepercylinder
    5 valve per cylinder says,
    4 years ago
    1 like
    Thank goodness they didn't name it syphil-is which sounds quite infectious.. it's close though.
    At least when this lands over here we'll get the Pulsar name instead.
  • WheresBear says,
    4 years ago
    Unseat the Mazda 3? To do that you need to target the younger market and with that styling - good luck. If everyone starts wearing grey cardigans then probably a chance. Mind you anything this side of a Chery is better to look at than a Tiida ...
    • hipster says,
      4 years ago
      Did you not get the memo? Cardigans are hip nowadays. LOL
    • Balthazaaaaargh says,
      4 years ago
      Looks pretty damn stylish to me, and I'm only 29.

      Funny how easily we all see ourselves as the arbiter of what is and isn't stylish.
  • jmac says,
    4 years ago
    1 like
    Styling is a bit of a personal thing, true, but this looks like a bit of a blob, much like the Almera I'm afraid.

    I'll wait for (a) the hatch and (b) a SSS version with Golf GTI levels of kW's, thanks.

    PS I won't be holding my breath.
  • Roger says,
    4 years ago
    1 like
    Unseat Mazda and Hyundai? Not a chance. Look at Mazda Hyundai and Kia designs and compare with this. This one is AWFUL. Nissan have Patrol, 370Z and GTR...thats about it (all built in Japan by the way). Their other offerings are in my opinion not very good...including Navara. I would never buy anything Spanish!
  • Philip Yong says,
    4 years ago
    Nice look than Nissan Sentra B16. This Nissan Pulsar 2013 may be N18 model while G12 is used on Nissan Sylphy.
  • MEGB says,
    4 years ago
    1 like
    It might look average at the moment but wait when Mazda, Kia, Hyundai, Ford and anyone release their new line ups, this will just look outdated, unfortunately Nissan is always falling behind in the small car market.
  • Shaun says,
    4 years ago
    This car looks really awkward from the side view...

    What a shame! Why are Nissan coming up with such horrible designs... the maxima was a great car, but its design led to its death (current model).

    I'm also not much of a fan of its replacement coming soon...

    Good luck trying to beat other brands with a car that looks like this...
  • Harry says,
    4 years ago
    Looks like something my grandmother would drive. Very boring and un-inspiring, just like the Tiida it will replace.
    If Nissan want to replace the 3 as the best selling car, maybe they should look at the 3.
    It has modern looks, sharp styling and a sports model.
    Nissan will never release a 'SSS' and will sell this as a 1.8 only.
    It's hard to believe this company makes the GT-R.
    Anyways, keep dreaming Nissan, you have lost touch with your roots, and what once made you a great cr company. Sadly, Honda had folled in your footsteps.
    Hyundai and Mazda have taken over from where you both left off.
  • Death to auto's says,
    3 years ago
    I was so excited to hear that Pulsar was comming back to Australia but then i seen the photo's, still not to be discouraged i thought maybe with a bodykit, but then the deal breaker an automatic gearbox, arrrgggh!!! just what we need another car where we can look like a grandpa and drive like it too.
    • Craig says,
      3 years ago
      1 like
      Its all about sales numbers = money & the Grandpa & Grandma market is huge & they have the money. Mazda 3 are bought on credit thats drying up.
      • Bob says,
        2 years ago
        The grey dollar is real and growing by the year.Maybe Nissan are smarter than young revheads realise.Its called knowing the market.
  • ian spedding says,
    3 years ago
    congratulations for bringing out anouther superb nissan. i am an avid nissan pulsar fan. i love the new 2013 addition & carnt wait to own 1. biggrin
  • maureen says,
    1 year ago
    What fuel do you use for 2013 Pulsar Can you use E10
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