The Pulsar is a reminder there's more to the compact hatchback genre than the Golf.
Introduced in Europe over three years ago as a replacement for the Tiida, the Pulsar never really took off in terms of popularity as the C-segment for hatches continues to be dominated by the Golf / Octavia / Leon trio, Focus, Astra, and the 308 / C4 duo. Its design might not be all that exciting, but then again, the Golf isn’t exactly a Miura either. Now, Nissan is attempting to make its compact model a bit more appealing by giving it the special edition treatment.
It builds upon the mid-range trim level and adds into the mix some styling tweaks like black door mirror caps and new bezels for the headlights featuring a dark look. Depending on where you live, Nissan will sell the Pulsar Black Edition with either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels featuring a completely black appearance or a two-tone finish, respectively.
The company is happy to remind us the Pulsar still provides best-in-class rear legroom, though the Octavia is also hugely spacious in the back and has a bigger trunk. The Black Edition has received additional standard kit, including rear privacy glass, part-leather seat upholstery, and a rather small five-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. The NissanConnect has AUX and USB ports, together with DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity with support for audio streaming.
Only two engines are available, a turbocharged 1.2-liter gasoline unit with 115 horsepower or a turbodiesel 1.5-liter developing 110 hp. Both of them are available in a multitude of Nissan, Renault, and Dacia models, so there shouldn’t be any concerns regarding reliability as the engines have been around for quite a while, especially the diesel. Sadly, the new member of the Pulsar family is not available with the more powerful 1.6-liter gasoline engine introduced a little over two years ago with 190 hp for a sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in a decent 7.7 seconds.
Should you be interested, Nissan is already taking orders for the Pulsar Black Edition in Europe.
Gallery: Nissan Pulsar Black Edition
Spacious and stylish: Nissan reveals new Pulsar Black Edition
New Nissan Pulsar Black Edition offers premium design and styling enhancements
Based on mid-range N-Connecta grade for optimum blend of specification and value for money
Design accents include black bezel headlights with LED signature, black door mirrors and 18-inch black diamond cut alloy wheels
Interior roominess and comfort strengthened by premium part-leather seats and rear privacy glass
On sale now across Europe
PARIS (August 31, 2017) – Compact family hatchback customers seeking space and safety have always appreciated the Nissan Pulsar. And now there are even more reasons to choose it, in the shape of the stylish new Nissan Pulsar Black Edition.
Based on mid-range N-Connecta grade, the Pulsar Black Edition offers contemporary design and styling enhancements.
Exterior upgrades include premium new black bezel headlights with LED signature, black door mirrors and 18-inch black diamond cut alloy wheels.
Enhancements have also been made to the airy and spacious interior, which remains best-in-class for rear passenger legroom. They include premium part-leather seats and rear privacy glass, delivering new levels of comfort for those on-board.
The Pulsar Black Edition is also equipped with the NissanConnect five-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Its features include Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, DAB digital radio and aux / USB ports.
On sale now across Europe, the Pulsar Black Edition is available with two of Nissan’s most popular engines – the 1.2 DIG-T 115PS petrol and the 1.5 dCi 110PS diesel. Both offer exceptional performance, economy and refinement.
Ryan Gains, Chief Marketing Manager, Pulsar, Nissan Europe, commented: “The Nissan Pulsar remains a hit across Europe, with customers awarding it an impressive 9.1 out of 10 with independent feedback organisation Reevoo.”
He added: “Building on this success, the new Pulsar Black Edition will satisfy customers seeking a more contemporary and stylish five-door hatchback.”