Nissan have announced its new challenger for the dominant Ford Focus, the Pulsar, will go on sale this autumn priced from £15,995.
The Pulsar represents the Japanese firm’s first return to the lucrative family hatch segment since the unlamented Almera departed our shores.
They will be hoping the success of the new Qashqai will rub off on the Pulsar, which shares it’s bigger sister’s nose.
Under that nose the Pulsar is launched with a choice of two engines, a 1.2litre 113bhp petrol unit is joined by a 108bhp 1.5litre diesel which pumps out 191lb ft of torque.
They will be joined in 2015 by a 187bhp, turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol unit.
At launch the Pulsar will come in four trim levels, Visia, Acenta, n-tec and Tekna.
Entry level Visia, 5″ colour TFT screen, 16″ alloy wheels, 6 airbags, CD system with 4 speakers, Bluetooth/iPod connectivity, Steering wheel audio controls, Body coloured mirrors and door handles, Electrically adjustable mirrors, Cruise control, Speed limiter, start/stop, Air conditioning, Tyre pressure monitoring system, ABS, ESP, EBD, Remote central locking, Active Trace Control and of course ‘Follow me home’ lighting, answers for what that is in the post.
The £17,645 Acenta adds Forward Emergency Braking, automatic lights and wipers and Nissan’s i-Key system.
Another £1,350 will get you the n-tec trim, which bolts on 17″ alloys, LED lights, a colour reversing camera and the NissanConnect 2 infotainment system.
The range topping £20,345 Tekna includes Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning.
The Pulsar represents “innovation and excitement” according to Nissan, we shall see about that.