Four trim grades are on offer with the hatch, including the return of the hero SSS model - and its new stripped-out sports twin, the ST-S.
The line-up will kick off the $18,990 ST model, while the turbocharged SSS will sit atop the range with a $29,240 starting price.
The entry ST and mid-range ST-L models get Nissan's 1.8 litre 96kW/174Nm four-cylinder engine, which lists fuel use at 7.2 l/100km in manual form and 6.7 l/100km for the CVT auto.
Driving the 'stripper' ST-S and the top-shelf SSS is a turbocharged 1.6 litre engine, delivering 140kW and 240Nm of torque.
Fuel consumption in these models is listed at 7.7 l/100km for the manual and 7.8 l/100km for the CVT auto.
Local acceleration times for the performance models are unavailable, although Chinese-market models are understood to list a 0-100km/h time of 8.2 seconds for the manual, and 8.3 seconds for the auto.
NOTE: TMR's Tony O'Kane is at the Australian launch of the Pulsar hatch today. An impromptu test returned a sprint time slightly below 8.0 seconds.
Standard features with the entry ST model include 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth trim, cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity and four-speaker audio with MP3 compatibility and aux-in, steering-mounted audio controls, power windows and central locking with remote keyless entry.
Body-coloured front and rear bumpers and exterior mirrors are fitted to all four grades of the Pulsar hatch range.
Standard safety features include Vehicle Dynamic Control, anti-lock brakes and electronic brakeforce distribution with brake assist.
Upgrade to the ST-L and there's front fog lights, a rear spoiler, leather-accented steering wheel, 'premium' cloth seat trim, a 4.3 inch colour display, six-speaker audio with USB/iPod connectivity and a rear centre armrest.
The mid-spec ST-S adds the SSS' turbocharged engine, along with 17-inch alloy wheels.
In the top-shelf SSS, there's the same turbo engine and 17-inch alloys, along with automatic Xenon headlights, 5.8 inch touchscreen display, satellite navigation, rear-view camera, Bluetooth audio streaming, leather-accented seat trim, dual-zone climate control, intelligent keyless entry and push-button engine start.
The SSS also gets a full sports body kit, including front and rear spoilers and side skirts.
|MLP | Manual / Auto||Estimated Drive-away | Manual / Auto|
|Pulsar Hatch ST||$18,990 / $21,240||$21,878 / $24,196|
|Pulsar Hatch ST-L||$22,490 / $24,740||$25,481 / $27,799|
|Pulsar Hatch ST-S||$24,990 / $27,490||$28,010 / $30,585|
|Pulsar Hatch SSS||$29,240 / $31,740||$32,433 / $35,008|