NISSAN’S new Pulsar has just turned into a city slicker with attitude, writes Nigel Wigmore.
NISSAN’S new Pulsar has just turned into a city slicker with attitude,
writes Nigel Wigmore.
Nissan has given the Pulsar a sporting edge with the launch of a new, range-topping DIG-T 190 engine.
After a drive of this car, I found it gave the Pulsar the power boost it needed to lift it into the city/hatchback car to consider if you want to buy in this sector.
Available with three trim grade options, the 190PS turbocharged petrol engine has been developed alongside a range of styling, suspension and chassis upgrades that deliver a sportier Pulsar.
The Pulsar 1.6 DIG-T 190 is the most powerful engine to be offered in the range — further broadening Nissan’s appeal in the hatchback market. It develops maximum torque output of 240Nm from 1,600rpm (up to 5,200rpm) and delivers acceleration of 0-62mph in 7.7secs.
While the 1.6 DIG-T engine has the power, its fuel consumption and emissions are that of a much smaller unit — part of Nissan’s downsizing philosophy. Creating ‘more with less’ has been a Nissan priority for a number of years, and the Pulsar DIG-T 190 returns overall 49.5mpg and has CO2 emissions from just 134g/km.
The Pulsar package of upgrades includes a new power steering set-up that has been fine-tuned to give more direct feedback and quicker responses. New rear dampers and wider 18-inch wheels complete the dynamic package.
The engine is fully compliant with new Euro 6 standards.
All DIG-T 190 models feature a package of styling features designed to complement their sporting nature. Available in Acenta, n-tec and Tekna trim grades, all DIG-T 190 models feature a number of upgraded items as standard.
Inside, the 1.6 DIG-T powered models include a unique trim finisher that extends the full width of the dashboard, distinctive white stitching on the three-spoke steering wheel and leather seats (Tekna models only) to complete the interior design package.