IN DETAIL: THE ALL-NEW NISSAN PULSAR 

  • All-new lightweight sedan design
  • A class above: outstanding refinement and space
  • New 1.8-litre engine and next-generation Xtronic CVT® with sub-planetary gear for optimal performance and efficiency
  • Impressive fuel economy – 6.7-litres per 100km*
  • Sophisticated styling with high-end details such as LED accented headlights and taillights
  • Spacious, high-quality interior with user-friendly technology
  • All-new Pulsar sedan now on sale
  • Competitively priced
  • Special pre-sell offer – Pulsar ST sedan from $299 per month (7.50% p.a. comparison rate); 10 per cent deposit; guaranteed future value

MELBOURNE, Australia (29 January 2013) – The all-new Nissan Pulsar sedan is a class above and is now on sale in Australia.

Nissan is re-entering Australia’s Small car segment with its 2013 Pulsar range. The local release of these exciting and innovative cars sees the return of one of this country’s most famed automotive nameplates and the introduction of a new vehicle range rich in style, comfort, practicality, value and driving enjoyment.

Spear-heading the new Pulsar range is a stylish compact sedan, which made its Australian premiere at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show. The 2013 Pulsar sedan is an impressive vehicle that combines the best of Nissan’s passenger car know-how. It has been designed and specified to deliver more of what customers expect. Contrasting its leading-edge style and technology is its 16-year-old recommended retail price - $19,990* - the same price the Nissan Pulsar had in 1996.

The new Nissan Pulsar sedan wears an all-new design that is elegant, modern and refined, reflecting a "professional" character targeted at small-car buyers seeking to match a premium finish with exceptional value. This stylish sedan wears Nissan's bold new signature trapezoid-shaped grille and large wraparound headlights with LED accents. Its low stance and belt line enhance its length.

Its sophisticated look continues inside with a high-quality interior design using soft-touch materials not usually found in this segment, including a soft-touch instrument panel and driver's door armrest. Along with a spacious interior offering mid-size roominess in a compact-size exterior, the intuitive interior layout emphasises driver control and impressive seat comfort for all occupants. The instrument panel curves out towards the doors and features Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges that are backlit even in daylight, providing a high-quality look that is also easy to read.

The new Pulsar sedan is practical as well as stylish. Its spacious interior layout extends to its enormous boot. At 510 litres it is larger than those of its direct competitors and is sure to be welcomed by customers.

The Pulsar sedan is powered by a 96kW/174Nm 1.8-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that makes driving efficient and enjoyable. It is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s Xtronic CVT (constantly variable transmission).

“For decades, the Nissan Pulsar was the Small car in Australia,” said Nissan Australia’s Managing Director and CEO, William F Peffer Jr. “We’ve made the right decision to re-enter the Australian Small car segment with the name-plate that for so long characterised Australia’s compact car landscape.”

The all-new Nissan Pulsar sedan is now officially on sale in Australia.


ENGINE

The Pulsar sedan’s long-stroke 1,798cc four-cylinder engine is equipped with twin continuously variable valve timing control (C-VTC) which modulates the opening time of both the intake and exhaust valves. This engine develops a peak power level of 96kW and a maximum torque of 174Nm.

New valve lifters and ‘beehive’ valve springs have been developed to reduce friction and inertial loss.

These springs have a smaller diameter at the top to reduce the inertia weight of the valve-train system, improving fuel efficiency and resulting in smoother engine operation.

Temperature efficiency is enhanced by the smaller combustion chamber area afforded by the engine’s long stroke architecture, while by overlapping the open cycles of both intake and exhaust valves, exhaust gasses are recirculated into the cylinders, reducing pumping loss.

A hydrogen-free diamond-like carbon coating on top of the valve lifters reduces the level of friction of previous coatings by around 50 percent.

Clever redesign of the CVT results in less oil stirring for a 30 per cent reduction in friction and higher fuel efficiency. Smaller, more compact engine pulleys are 13 per cent lighter than those previously used – again for higher fuel efficiency.

The new Nissan Pulsar sedan consumes 6.7-litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (combined cycle, according to ADR81/02) when fitted with the CVT transmission. Manual transmission-equipped Pulsar sedans return of fuel consumption rate of 7.2 litres per 100 kilometres (combined cycle, according to ADR81/02).

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the new Nissan Pulsar sedan are summarised in the table below.

   2013 Nissan Pulsar sedan
TRANSMISSION     Fuel Cons. (combined)   CO2 Output (combined) 
6-speed manual  7.2-litres per 100km  169g/km
Xtronic CVT  6.7-litres per 100km  160g/km


CVT TRANSMISSION

The new Pulsar sedan features an innovative Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) featuring a sub-planetary gear set and smaller pulleys. The result is a wide gear ratio of 7.3:1, helping to maximise fuel economy, reduce engine wear and improve travel comfort.

At 100km/h in CVT high ratio, the Pulsar’s engine is barely ticking over at a leisurely 1,700rpm, while at the other end of the gearing spectrum, the transmission’s low sub-set starting ratio delivers sparkling off-the-mark acceleration.

The transmission’s ultra-flat torque convertor is 10 per cent dimensionally shorter than the previous version, while the integration of the clutch and the sub-planetary gear set similarly results in a 10 per cent length reduction and further weight saving.

A more efficient oil pump allows quicker transmission lock-up and results in greater fuel efficiency.

By increasing the distance between the surface of the transmission oil and the pulleys, oil-stirring friction is also reduced.

The transmission’s Smooth Start Assist control delivers the smoothest possible accelerator modulation, allowing even novice drivers to accelerate in the smoothest and most fuel-efficient manner as experienced drivers.

The transmission’s Smart Revolution Control also keeps engine speed constant even if a driver operates the accelerator pedal roughly under gentle acceleration, while it also irons out irregularities of vehicle speed on undulating roads. These transmission ‘smarts’ contribute to minimising fuel consumption and enhance drivability.

With the combination of these new technologies, the new CVT transmission contributes significantly to the new Pulsar’s standout fuel economy.

STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY

The new Pulsar features a very stiff body structure designed to ensure maximum occupant protection while keeping vibration to a minimum. High levels of mechanical and road noise isolation have been achieved by applying sound absorbing materials to areas of the structure where resonance may occur. 

SUSPENSION

The new Pulsar features an independent strut front suspension with stabiliser bar, torsion beam rear axle with integrated stabilizer bar, power-assisted vented front disc/solid rear disc braking system and vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering.

STYLING

With its lower stance, headlamps bordered by six-LED accent lights on ST-L and Ti models, LED taillights and turning indicators incorporated in the door mirrors of all Pulsar sedan grades, the 2013 Pulsar exudes an air of authority and quality.

Sixteen inch alloy wheels are standard equipment on ST and ST-L, and 17-inch on Ti models.

Chrome exterior door handles and accent mouldings complete Pulsar’s upmarket presence and elegance.

INTERIOR SPACE

Modern and ergonomically designed, the Pulsar’s interior immediately stamps it as a class above comparative vehicles in its segment.

Supple and supportive seats and ample shoulder and legroom immediately give the impression of a larger, mid-size family car. Soft-feel coverings are employed for the dashboard, door and centre armrests, while low gloss finishes are used to minimise dashboard reflection and enhance the vehicle’s quality feel and ambience.

Two cup holders located in the centre console compartment featuring a sliding lid. Dual zone air conditioning is standard equipment on Ti models.

Also standard equipment on Ti models is a Satellite Navigation and information system that incorporates a reversing camera offering a generous 130-degree field of view.

The instrument cluster houses all the principal information without impeding the expansive frontal view from the Pulsar front seats.

All Pulsar models come with a multi-function steering wheel adjustable for both reach and height as standard, while Ti models additionally feature an Intelligent Key Entry combined with a Start/Stop engine button.

Pulsar’s comprehensive audio system remains one of the best in its segment with all models featuring:

  • Hands-free Bluetooth connectivity
  • MP3/iPod connectivity
  • Six speakers
  • Colour display (ST-L and Ti models)
  • Integrated Satellite Navigation (Ti model)

LUGGAGE SPACE

The Pulsar sedan’s huge boot space of 510 litres forges its credentials as arguably Australia’s most exciting new ‘family’ car.

SAFETY

All grades of the 2013 Pulsar sedan comes equipped with a variety of standard-fitment safety features:

  • Disc brakes all round
  • Front, side and curtain airbags
  • ABS and Electronic Brake Distribution, with Brake Assist
  • Traction Control and Vehicle Dynamic Control
  • Front seat belt reminder alert
  • Three-point seat belts for all occupants

AUSTRALIAN PRICES 

The all-new Nissan Pulsar sedan will be competitively priced.

  RRP Driveaway*
 Pulsar ST Manual  $19,990  $22,390
 Pulsar ST CVT  $22,240  $24,640
 Pulsar ST-L Manual  $23,650  $26,164
 Pulsar ST-L CVT  $25,900  $28,414
 Pulsar Ti CVT
 $28,990  $31,660

Pulsar Ti is available with sunroof (+ $1,000 to the RRP)

*Recommended Driveaway Price shown includes Nissan’s recommended retail price and Nissan’s recommended dealer delivery fee, but individual Nissan Dealers may charge a different delivery fee – which may be higher or lower. The recommended drive away price also includes any applicable GST and Luxury Car Tax, 12 months' registration and compulsory third party insurance. [Metallic paint $495 extra]. The price is based on the vehicle being garaged in the postcode shown. Please note that your actual drive away price may differ depending on your individual circumstances and between Nissan Dealers. Accordingly, please talk to your local Nissan Dealer to confirm the price that is specific to you.

* Combined-cycle fuel consumption rate (according to ADR81/02) of new Pulsar sedan when fitted with Xtronic CVT transmission.

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