New Nissan Pulsar to launch in the autumn

Nissan Pulsar

Nissan will reveal its new (hopefully) Golf-bashing family hatchback next week. Will it be a successful return?

Move over Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, because Nissan has you in its sights with the reintroduction of the Pulsar model name. 

A short and snappy online video and a teaser photo suggests the new Nissan Pulsar five-door hatchback will be unveiled on May 20 and we understand it will go on sale in the autumn.

It will be built at Nissan’s factory in Barcelona and – as is clearly evident from the teaser image – it wears the familiar family face of the popular Qashqai and all-new X-Trail. It sees Nissan return to the C-segment, which it left in 2006 with the phasing out of the ageing Almera.

Since then, Nissan has enjoyed huge success with the Qashqai and Juke crossovers, but this move shows that the firm sees potential in the ultra-competitive C-segment, which just happens to be the second largest sector in Europe.

Pulsar: ‘cult classic’ in UK

The Pulsar name is imbedded in Nissan’s history, first appearing in 1978 and widely used for the Asian and Australian markets.

In the UK, the name is perhaps best known for its appearance on the fourth generation Nissan Sunny, with the fondly remembered Nissan Pulsar GTI-R, aka the Sunny GTI-R.

The Pulsar is a cult classic in the UK, thanks to its ability to give the Ford Escort RS Cosworth a run for its money.

We’re expecting something a little more sedate from the Nissan Pulsar this time around, with engines sourced from the Qashqai and Juke. In keeping with the all-new X-Trail, we’d also expect a generous level of standard specification on even the base model, as this is an area where Nissan can steal a march over the likes of Ford and Volkswagen.

But don’t rule out a Nismo version of the Pulsar five-door hatchback. If nothing else, we’d love to see some updated versions of Nissan’s ‘classic’ TV advertising campaign used to promote the Almera GTI.

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