Nissan’s Pulsar nameplate will return to the Australian market in 2013, with sales of the all-new model set to commence on February 1.
Several new details were confirmed today by Nissan at a preview event ahead of the new model’s public debut at the Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) later this week.
Starting at $19,990 (plus on-roads), the new model will replace the existing Tiida small car range, itself a replacement for the previous Pulsar in 2006.
Nissan cites market research showing an impressive 71 percent awareness rating of the ‘Pulsar’ name as key to the return of the historic nameplate.
This Pulsar is longer and lower than the Tiida it replaces, promising best in class rear-seat accommodation and an impressive 510 litre boot capacity.
First previewed by the unveiling of the Japanese/Chinese market Sylphy model at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year, Nissan expects the new Pulsar to succeed in Australia’s largest and most competitive small car segment.
The $19,990 price of the base ST manual variant marks a $2000 increase over the existing Tiida’s entry price, but still betters key rivals Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, and Hyundai i30 by sneaking under the $20,000 barrier.
Nissan is aiming for a head start in this market with a unique pre-launch finance offer, which promises to guarantee the future value of Pulsars ordered ahead of its February debut.
The deal includes a comparison rate of 7.5 percent (10 percent deposit), with monthly payments as low as $299 for ST, $399 for ST-L, and $499 for Ti models.
Alternatively, cash orders will be rewarded with a $1000 voucher for use on genuine accessories, servicing, extended warranty or Nissan Insurance.
All Pulsar sedans will be equipped with a revised version of the 1.8 litre petrol four found in the Tiida, with power rated at 96kW and 174Nm of torque.
Twin continuously variable valve timing and new-design valve lifters and ‘beehive’ valve springs promise fuel efficiency gains via reduced friction and inertial loss.
The new Pulsar is yet to be subjected to ADR fuel consumption certification, but Nissan is expecting a best in class figure lower than 6.9l/100km on the combined cycle.
Transmission choices will be either six-speed H-pattern manual or a new-design Xtronic CVT automatic.
The Xtronic CVT features an innovative sub-planetary gear, which allows it to switch between ‘low’ and ‘high’ ranges, improving response at low speeds and reduced revs while cruising - both to the benefit of fuel economy.
All Pulsar sedan trim levels will be equipped with disc brakes on all corners and benefit from an Australia-specific suspension tune.
At $19,990, the Pulsar sedan’s entry ST trim level gets 16 inch alloy wheels, compared with the steel wheel/plastic wheel cover combination typically used to differentiate base models in the Pulsar’s segment.
LED taillights are also featured, and multifunction steering wheel with rake and reach and reach adjustment.
All Pulsar sedans will also come with bluetooth and MP3/iPod connectivity, along with power windows, mirrors and steering.
The Pulsar sedan is yet to be subjected to ANCAP crash testing, but Nissan is confident of a five-star rating.
All models will be equipped with six airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, stability and traction control, three point seatbelts for all occupants and a front seatbelt warning chime.
ST-L models build on the ST models spec list with LED ‘accent lamps’ incorporated into its headlights and door mirror indicators and colour multimedia display.
There's also a rear spoiler, fog lights and a leather steering wheel.
The Ti model will sit atop the Pulsar sedan range, available only with the CVT automatic for $28,990 (plus on-roads).
The Ti adds leather trim, satelite navigation, reversing camera, keyless ignition, dual-zone climate control to the ST-L’s sec list, while subtle visual differentiation is provided by 17 inch alloy wheels.
TMR will bring you our first drive impressions of this new model closer to its February launch.
- Pulsar Sedan ST manual - $19,990
- Pulsar Sedan ST automatic - $22,240
- Pulsar Sedan ST-L manual - $23,650
- Pulsar Sedan ST-L automatic - $25,900
- Pulsar Sedan Ti automatic - $28,990
Note: prices exclude on-road costs.