2013 NISSAN PULSAR
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.
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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