Nissan has today pulled the covers off its brand new model for the European market and it's packed with technology. The new Pulsar is to be built for Europe in the Nissan factory in Barcelona and comes with such clever – and fun – toys as Nissan's Safety Shield and the second generation NissanConnect in-car system with "full smartphone integration." Well, Android and iPhone integration, anyway.
And while the new Pulsar range may offer an all turbocharged engine lineup – including a 190PS model in 2015 – and a range of technology within Safety Shield such as Moving Object Detection and Lane Departure Warning, the latest generation of that NissanConnect system catches our eye. With the in-car space hotting up of late, Nissan's system has some stiff competition.
It operates in a similar fashion to Land Rover's InControl, or indeed in some regards Apple's CarPlay. Your iPhone or Android smartphone hooks into the car and supported apps can be applied to NissanConnect by way of the iOS and Android application. So it's curated by Nissan and supports – at least in the UK right now – things like Facebook, Google Search, TripAdvisor and TuneIn Radio. Not too shabby.
The new Nissan Pulsar will go on sale across Europe beginning this Autumn, so we'll probably be seeing more of it as we get closer to that time. For a look at how NissanConnect stands right now, check out the video below demonstrating it in the latest Qashqai. And if you've got any experience with the system so far – in Europe or elsewhere – drop us a line in the comments and let us know what you think of it!
PARIS, France, 20th May 2014 - Nissan's passion for innovation and technology has seen it transform the family car landscape over the course of the last seven years. Now, using the same design approach and original thinking that produced the Qashqai, X-Trail and Note, Nissan is expanding its product portfolio once more with an exciting all-new family hatchback challenger - the Pulsar.
Combining bold design, technical innovations and interior space, the new Pulsar brings a new dimension to the C-segment, offering all the familiar Nissan qualities in a stylish new package.
The Pulsar's introduction highlights Nissan's ambition and to deliver intelligent design and technical innovations to a wider audience.
As Nissan drivers have come to expect, the new Pulsar is packed with a range of accessible and useful technologies designed to make drivers feel more confident and comfortable. Nissan's reputation for introducing new-to-sector technologies has been strengthened with a wide number of features usually reserved for premium or luxury models.
Nissan's advanced Safety Shield - a suite of systems and technologies that combine to offer a fully comprehensive 'safety net' for drivers - is also fully integrated into the Pulsar's design.
This advanced network of usable yet highly advanced technologies help drivers to fully enjoy the potential of the new Pulsar with complete confidence. Among the systems offered in the new Pulsar are Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning.
Nissan's ongoing drive to deliver sector-first technologies mean that the Pulsar is the only car in its sector to offer Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning as standard on at least one model in the range.
The Pulsar also features Nissan's second-generation NissanConnect system - that comes with a range of innovative features including full smartphone integration, Google® Send-to-Car and access to a wide variety of useful and informative apps.
Another advanced technology integrated into the Pulsar's design are LED headlamps. First introduced to the Nissan range on the Qashqai and X-Trail, the Pulsar's distinctive LED front lights produce a crisp, white light and have the added advantage of using 50 per cent less power than conventional bulbs.
Efficient and powerful drivetrains
In keeping with Nissan's approach to innovation and reduced costs for owners, the Pulsar's engine all-turbocharged engine range delivers the perfect combination of performance and efficiency. The 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol unit punches above its weight with an output of 115PS, while the 1.5-litre dCi generates 110PS and 260Nm of torque. An even more powerful 190PS 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine will join the range early in 2015.
Continuing Nissan's successful downsizing philosophy, the new Pulsar's engines are high on performance and low on emissions, with CO2 outputs below 95g/km*. The Pulsar is also offered with Nissan's advanced XTronic automatic transmission. Engineered to deliver the best of both worlds for drivers it features ultra-smooth power delivery at low engine speeds and positive, direct shifts under heavier loads.
Setting new standards for cabin space
Thanks to the longest wheelbase in the class (2,700mm) and clever packaging, the Pulsar offers considerably more rear legroom and shoulder room than its sector rivals. Indeed, with 692mm of rear kneeroom, the Pulsar is more spacious than many D-segment offerings.
Yet despite this it retains a compact footprint (length 4,385mm), making it easy to park in tight urban environments.
Energetic, athletic styling
Instantly recognisable thanks to its trademark Nissan V-motion grille and boomerang-shaped lighting signature with bold and energetic curves on the body side, the Pulsar was designed and engineered for Europe and will be built at Nissan's Barcelona production facility.
Embedded with the same design DNA that gives the Qashqai and X-Trail such powerful road presence, the Pulsar combines strong lines with immaculate detailing to create an elegant, athletic form. Like its crossover stablemates, the Pulsar is characterised by bold wheel volumes, a tapered waistline and a flowing profile.
The confident, premium approach continues inside, where high quality materials and clear design are perfectly integrated with Pulsar's unusually high equipment levels.