Nissan has revealed its all-new Pulsar hatchback, which will be available with a raft of active safety features and two fuel efficient engines at launch: a turbocharged 1.2-liter petrol engine and a 1.5-liter diesel motor.
A product of Nissan’s alliance with Renault, the Pulsar’s 1.5-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine produces 110 hp (81 kW) of power from 4000 rpm. The engine’s real strength is its 260 Nm of torque, available between 1750 and 2500 rpm, which should allow drivers to easily surge through gaps in stop-start traffic. Nissan has paid particular attention to refinement with the diesel, with “major changes to the engine’s internals” contributing to smoother startup and idle than the diesel in the outgoing Pulsar. To achieve its CO2 emissions figure of 94 g/km, the car comes standard with auto start-stop, and returns 78.5 mpg (3.6 l/100km).
The petrol option is a turbocharged 1.2-litre motor, which produces more power than the diesel with 115 hp (85 kW) but significantly less torque, with 190 Nm from 2000 rpm. Like the diesel, the 1.2-liter Pulsar comes standard with Nissan’s auto start-stop system, which helps achieve a CO2 emissions figure of 117 g/km and a combined economy figure of 56.5 mpg (5.0 l/100km).