Pul­sar rac­ing

Nis­san un­der­cuts its com­peti­tors with ra­zor sharp hatch pric­ing

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even its 1996 equiv­a­lent. It also un­der­cuts by $500 Holden’s base model Cruze.

The four-model hatch­back line-up in­cludes the re­turn of the SSS Pul­sar, a lo­cal hero of the days be­fore tur­bocharged cham­pi­ons such as Subaru’s Impreza and the Golf GTI. The range-top­ping SSS is priced from $29,240 man­ual and $31,740 au­to­matic.

It’s a com­pelling bal­ance of price and equip­ment in what eas­ily the most hotly con­tested new ve­hi­cle seg­ment,’’ Nis­san’s Peter Fadeyev says.

We’ve worked very hard pro­vid­ing the best value.

The Pul­sar has un­der­gone ex­ten­sive tun­ing for Aus­tralian con­di­tions,’’ Fadeyev says

The ST and ST-L mod­els are pow­ered by the sedan’s mod­est 96kW 1.8-litre four-cylin­der petrol engine. The ST-S and SSS share a 1.6-litre turbo (140kW/240Nm) with di­rect in­jec­tion.

Stan­dard fit­ment on all is a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion. A con­stantly vari­able au­to­matic is a $2500 op­tion.

The ba­sic ST is more than de­cently equipped— bet­ter value than the Spar­tan en­trylevel Toy­ota Corolla ($19,900) but a lit­tle less lus­trous than the Cruze Equipe. Its pack­age in­cludes 16-inch al­loys, four- speaker au­dio, Blue­tooth, cruise con­trol and steer­ing wheel-mounted au­dio con­trols.

Start­ing at $22,490, the ST-L adds front fog lights, rear spoiler, two more speak­ers, 4.3-inch dis­play and leather­ac­cented steer­ing wheel.

The ST-S is a new grade; it com­petes roughly with the tur­bocharged Cruze SRi, match­ing its 17-inch al­loys. That puts the SSS in Cruze SRi-V and Opel As­tra GTC ter­rain and it’s equipped with xenon lights, 5.8-in touch­screen with sat­nav, rear-view cam­era, leather-like trim and starter but­ton.

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