New Pulsar family hatch gears up to take on Golf and Focus
NISSAN are back in the family hatchback market with this new Pulsar 5dr.
It will rival the VW Golf and Ford Focus for buyers and is due here in September.
It fills the gap left all those years ago (2007) by the Almera (still a lot of them around). No word of a saloon just yet.
The Pulsar will be built in Barcelona – 80,000 a year – and not in Sunderland where Nissan used to make the Almera.
It is seen as a pivotal car in the company's drive to become the top-selling Asian automaker in Europe by 2016.
Underpinned by Renault-Nissan's new CMF (common module family) platform – we know it from the Qashqai and X-Trail – it has an all-turbocharged engine line-up.
That includes a 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol (115bhp), the well-known 1.5-litre dCi diesel (110bhp) and, early next year, a 190bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol. Emissions in some cases are below 95g/km.
Nissan claim it has the longest wheelbase in class (2,700mm) and has more rear legroom and shoulder room than the likes of the Golf or Focus.
And they claim its 692mm of rear knee room is better than many larger family cars.
Nothing definitive on price and spec for Ireland but expect the Safety Shield package of systems and technologies to feature at some level.
Nissan say it will be the only car in its segment to have Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning on at least one model.
The brand's second-generation Connect system includes full smartphone integration, Google Send-to-Car and access to a big variety of apps.
LED headlamps also feature – they use 50pc less power than conventional bulbs.