Nissan has its finger on the Pulsar

Nissan has its finger on the Pulsar

Nissan has seen the light with the Pulsar, its first true family compact hatchback for eight years.

The Japanese car giant says the newcomer to the market is based on the Qashqai small SUV and is more roomy and economical than all other cars in its class, packed with more of the latest automotive technologies to boot.

It claims the Pulsar is the first car of its type to include a rear-facing camera, with blind spot and lane departure warnings as standard.

The Pulsar will also be available with Nissan's frugal 190bhp 1.5dCi diesel engine, which emits less than 95g/km of CO2 and is capable of doing 79mpg. The alternative choice when the Pulsar hits Nissan forecourts in September will be the 113bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine.

The firm says a 187bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol version will follow in 2015.

With a grille in the shape of a V, the Pulsar will follow the design style of the company's latest X-Trail and Qashqai models, but will be built in Barcelona rather than in Sunderland like the Qashqai.

Pulsar might sound like a new name to Nissan's UK customer base, but it is actually well known elsewhere. Former Pulsar-type models were known as the Almera here in Britain.

Nissan has started making compact hatchbacks again in order to take Toyota's place as the best-selling Asian car firm in Europe. Although no definite Pulsar prices have been revealed, it is thought that the range could start from £12,000.

Copyright Press Association 2014