2015 NISSAN PULSAR EUROPE
Nissan promises a more spacious cabin than the Spanish-built Pulsar's direct rivals, along with competitive technologies and premium materials.
These latest images reveal an exterior design that borrows from the new Qashqai and X-Trail, but with softer curves through the profile.
In the cabin, the new Pulsar again shows a familiar look, with a broad curving dash design, an island-like centre stack and an all-black theme.
The new Pulsar rides on the same 2700mm wheelbase as Australia's Thai-built Pulsar, but at 4385mm long, it is noteably longer than the 4295mm Pulsar.
That length also makes the new Pulsar 115mm longer than the new Golf hatch and 27mm longer than the five-door Focus - although the new Mazda3 hatch is longer still at 4460mm.
Engine options in this new 'Pulsar Euro' include an 85kW/190Nm 1.2 litre turbo petrol engine, along with a Renault-sourced 81kW/260Nm 1.5 litre dCi diesel.
Next year, the new hatch will also feature the company’s more powerful 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine, offering 140kW and 240Nm.
Performance versions of the new European Pulsar are also expected, although Nissan has yet to reveal details of those models.
Technologies in the new hatch include the Nissan ‘Safety Shield’ package, featuring Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, Around View camera display, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning - all features not available with the Australian Pulsar.
There is also LED headlights, NissanConnect with phone integration, Google Send-to-Car, and a suite of online apps.
Although Australia's Pulsar languishes in sixth position in the local small-car market (11th in April), you won't see this new hatch here.
"Nissan Australia does not currently plan to release the recently announced European-market Nissan Pulsar," a company spokesperson told TMR this week.
"Nissan Australia will continue selling the current Australian-market Pulsar in both hatch and sedan format for the local Small car market."