At the Paris Motor Show, Nissan’s “mainstream” star is undoubtedly the Pulsar. With this compact 5-door, the manufacturer is making – it’s true – its return to the C segment and counts on unsettling the market’s staples, such as the Peugeot 308, Opel Astra and Volkswagen Golf.
We note of this Pulsar that it has quite a classic outline and, according to the manufacturer, it was especially designed for Europe. Nevertheless, it’s taken over a few of the aesthetic codes seen on the recent Note and Qashqai. And that, as much at the front as at the rear! Concerning its size, the Pulsar is 4’385 mm long and has a generous 2.7 meter wheelbase. This value of course announces first rate comfort at the rear.
The interior, for its part, is not revolutionizing the genre, but it has the merit to be functional, including several practical tidy compartments. That said, to modernise it a bit, we can give it the NissanConnect multimedia system. Aside from the complete integration of a Smartphone, this system offers navigation with Google Send-to-Car and access to several applications online.
Concerning the security equipment, Nissan offers as an option the « Safety Shield » pack which has emergency automatic braking, detection of moving objects, a lane departure warning alarm, and a blind spot detector. Interesting, no?
Lastly, as a first step, to run the compact, Nissan is only offering a petrol engine (1.2 DIG-T of 115 horsepower) and a diesel engine (1.5 dCi of 110 horsepower). At the start of 2015, the Pulsar should also be able to count on a 1.6 Turbo petrol engine of 190 horsepower.
With all this information, do you think that the Pulsar stands a chance against the VW Golf ‘queen’?