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Nissan Pulsar is Out to Get the Golf and Focus - in Europe


Apparently Nissan believes Americans don't want to buy hatchbacks.

Just a few days ago Nissan teased an image of its upcoming Pulsar hatchback. And today it has been fully revealed. Built on an extended version of the Juke’s platform, the Pulsar was built specifically for European buyers as a counter offensive to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, the two most dominant hatchbacks in the Euro market. Yes, that means Nissan has no intention of selling the Pulsar in North America, for the time being at least.

Power comes from three turbocharged engines: a base 1.2-liter with 113 horsepower, a 1.5-liter diesel with 108-hp, and later, a more powerful 1.6-liter gasoline engine with 187-hp. A six-speed manual is standard and a CVT is optional. In order to be an effective alternative to those aforementioned hatchbacks, Nissan is promising best-in-class rear legroom and shoulder room. The Pulsar is also slightly longer than the Golf. Nissan hasn’t unveiled official interior shots. What we’d like to see in the future is for this thing to get the Nismo treatment. That would make it yet another hot hatch we could complain about not coming to the US.

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