The new Pulsar, launching initially with a trio of sedan models, kicks off at $19,990, or $22,070 drive-away (depending upon your State).
The sedan line-up will be joined in the coming months by a uniquely styled hatch model, headlined by the flagship SSS model confirmed for Australia late last year.
Nissan expects the new Pulsar to boost its sales in the popular small-car segment, and will certainly be looking to the past popularity of the name to draw buyer interest.
The Pulsar sedan range is powered by an updated version of the 1.8 litre petrol four-cylinder found in the Tiida, delivering 96kW and 174Nm of torque.
All models are front-wheel-drive, and transmission choices include a six-speed manual or a new Xtronic CVT automatic.
Fuel consumption for the six-speed models is listed at 7.2 l/100km, while the new CVT returns 6.7 l/100km on the combined cycle.
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 - 1700rpm at 100km/h - both to the benefit of fuel economy.
All Pulsar sedans are equipped with disc brakes on all corners and get an Australia-specific suspension tune.
The Pulsar sedan’s entry ST model gets 16-inch alloy wheels, LED tail-lights and a multifunction steering wheel with rake and reach adjustment.
All also feature Bluetooth and MP3/iPod connectivity, along with power windows, mirrors and steering.
ST-L models build on the ST grade's features 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 flagship Ti grade is available only with the CVT automatic and is priced from $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.
Standard are six airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, stability and traction control, three point seatbelts for all occupants and a front seatbelt warning chime.
Parking sensors are not offered in any version of the Pulsar, nor are automatic wipers.
Storage and Space
The new Pulsar sedan offers a segment-leading 510 litres of storage in the boot, and rear passenger space is also improved over the Tiida, thanks to the Pulsar's 15mm longer wheelbase.
- 2013 Pulsar Sedan ST (manual) - $19,990
- 2013 Pulsar Sedan ST (auto) - $22,240
- 2013 Pulsar Sedan ST-L (manual) - $23,650
- 2013 Pulsar Sedan ST-L (auto) - $25,900
- 2013 Pulsar Sedan Ti (auto) - $28,900