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Mike Stevens | Oct, 01 2014 | 3 Comments

Nissan’s European-market Pulsar hatch, an altogether different creature to the the model we’re offered in Australia, will soon debut in Nismo form.

This shot, snapped during a private presentation to current Nissan and Nismo owners, offers a first look at the powered-up hot hatch.

The revealing photo follows comments from former Nissan executive Andy Palmer in June, who hinted in an interview with the UK’s Autocar that a rival to Volkswagen’s Golf GTI might be in the works.

“It’s not something I’d like to confirm now, but would a C-segment hatch be the great place to have a Nismo? You might say so,” Palmer said.

As expected, the powered-up Pulsar’s styling tweaks will include a new front bumper and signature red trim - both similar in appearance to the recently updated Nismo 370Z - along with large open alloys and a performance brakes setup.

What we can expect from the rest of the package, however, remains to be seen.

The Nismo house has previously showcased a 179kW 1.8 litre turbocharged version of the Pulsar sedan - unrelated to the hatch sold in Europe - but so far nothing has come of that surprisingly compelling concept.

A more likely prospect is Nissan’s 140kW 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine, which will join the ‘Pulsar Euro’ range in 2015 and already delivers 160kW in the Juke Nismo RS revealed in November last year.

And Australia? A Nismo launch under former CEO Bill Peffer seemed to be forever on the periphery of the local arm's plans, but new boss Richard Emery is known to be very interested.

For now, Nismo remains an overseas product. The past year has seen rumblings of expansion plans for the fan-favourite brand, however, so an Australian launch could indeed by on the horizon.

Watch for more details on the Nismo Pulsar to come this week, and Nismo’s Australian potential in the months ahead.

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