The Nissan Pulsar SSS hatch is coming back in mid-2013 with a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine and a lot of attitude.

Nissan confirmed the sporty model’s return today ahead of the local unveiling of the all-new Pulsar at this week’s 2012 Sydney motor show.

The Pulsar SSS made a name for itself as a cult classic for offering honest motoring enjoyment at a reasonable price during the 1990s.

Under the hood is a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 140kW of power and 240Nm of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

No performance credentials have been provided, with Nissan holding back further details until closer to the SSS’s launch, but given the same engine results in a 0-100km/h time of around eight seconds in the heavier Nissan Juke compact SUV (not currently sold in Australia), we suspect the new Pulsar SSS will be around the low 7s depending on gearing.

In even better news for Nissan fans, Nismo has already tuned this engine in the Juke, so we suspect there’s a good chance a Nismo variant of the Pulsar SSS with a more powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged engine may also be on the way. At the very least, a Nismo suspension and bodykit package will be on the cards.

Australia will become the second market after China to get the Pulsar SSS with Australian models having their suspension specifically tuned for local conditions.

Pricing remains a mystery but we suspect, given the range-topping Pulsar Ti tops out at $28,990, the Pulsar SSS should come in at around $32,000-$35,000, putting it head-to-head with other ‘warm-hatches’, such as the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Mazda3 SP25, a car which was heavily benchmarked for the SSS’s development.

Nissan Australia boss William Peffer says the Pulsar SSS will be top of its class when it launches in around nine months’ time.

“The way we see it, the Pulsar SSS will easily be the best performer in this category of vehicles,” Peffer said.

“The SSS name returns with the same energised styling and performance credentials that made it a hit with a generation of Australian drivers and enthusiasts and I promise you this car is worth the wait.”

The Nissan Pulsar SSS will make its official Australian debut at this week’s Sydney motor show.

  • Noel

    Hey Alborz, I think you may have had a slight slip on the keyboard, there is no Mazda SP23 anymore :)

  • Amlohac

    “head-to-head with other ‘warm-hatches’, such as the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Mazda3 SP23″

    Mazda have moved on from the sp23, so should you. Its either the sp20 (skyactive) or the sp25 now buddy 😉

    • Pro346

      Its a typo who cares!

      • Noel

        It does matter, many people use the internet and it’s content as an authoritative guide, so let’s try to get it right where we can. 

    • TG

      C’mon mate, it’s SKYACTIV. :)

  • Pauly

    I wouldnt put the Veloster Turbo in the same category as the SP25.

    Veloster Turbo goes head to head with Polo GTI and alike.

    • Zaccy16

      yeah SP25 is bigger and has much better handling and steering

    • idlebrain


      SP25         2640
      veloster    2650
      Polo          2456
      megane   2636

      If you compare veloster to polo because of the interior size, then you will have to put Renult megane in the same category as Polo.

  • Noddy of Toyland

    “The way we see it, the Pulsar SSS will easily by the best performer in this category of vehicles,”
    Yowza! He doesn’t hold back does he! 140kw is expected outputs from the class below, but at least Nissan are trying.

    • JooberJCW

      I would expect so, my Cooper 1.6T outputs 155kw, 

  • jekyl & hyde

    i don’t mind it.its a bit sp25 mazda’ish.the bar’s set pretty high in this class but…

  • M.

    Pulsar- Cheap, tacky, ugly. Always has been, don’t know why they’re bringing it back. 

    • Force-15

      Maybe because it’s less cheap, tacky and ugly than the vile (and horribly-named) Tiida? I’m also willing to take a punt that the Pulsar will be more reliable than the Tiida too.

      • Zaccy16

        very good point! the tiida is a awful car, slow ugly, s**t handling it was the bottom of the class 

      • Q.

        I wouldn’t be surprised if the pulsar is just a new variant of the Tiida anyway & honestly the Tiida wasn’t all that bad, just had an awful name & parts base.

  • Able

    There are too many badges Nissan – I don’t want a badge telling me that it’s the CVT version – I could not care less! It should just be Pulsar and SSS. The end.

    Otherwise I’m looking forward to seeing how good it is, it should sell well and honestly many things are better than the new Corolla… I’m all for the opening up of the sporty $30-35k-ish market (3 SP25, Focus Sport, Lancer VRX, DS3 DSport, Veloster SR Turbo, Polo GTI, Astra Sport 1.6T, Fabia RS, Impreza 2.0iL thing, as well as this Pulsar SSS, the proposed Corolla RS model and i30 SR Turbo)! But Nissan, do bring the Juke in please!

  • AndyGF

    ROFLMAO at the tail-pipe…

    • Dave W

      If they make it sporty, someone’s gonna accuse it of being a pretender like the 86.

  • Dave W

    Looks bland so it should attract potential Golf buyers…. Joke!!

    I think I’ll wait for SP25 Skyactiv.

  • Guest

    this new ceo is very optimistic. beating corolla sales? doubt it 

  • Zaccy16

    The only pulsar i would even consider buying! it looks good the SSS version, specially that they chose to use a proper manual not just a rubbish CVT!

  • novasounds

    Looks like it was designed 10 years ago…

    • F1orce

      It looks almost as bad as the new Golf :)

      • Golfmother

        Actually it looks better than the new corolla , not so nanny

        • yr54

          Agreed – better looking than the Golf and the Corolla. Nissan may be onto a winner with this one.

  • Cameron

    140kw and they still cant make it look sporty… wow. 

    honestly, what an ugly car

    • $29896495

      I agree, it just looks amateurish by comparison to what’s around. It, like the Tiida, is probably a class below where they are targeting it. Not looking forward to seeing that on the road. Unless the price is really low wont have to worry about seeing many of them.

  • Tony

    About time we had a performance pulsar. I owned a Pulsar ET turbo in my youth and it was a fun little car to drive back then.

  • agro

    This car looks like it was designed by a dork for fellow dorks.The only thing going for it is that no one will ever steal it even if you left it by the roadside, opened and the motor running.

  • twincharger

    Exterior styling looks conservative like VW”s mk 7 rolf.Looking at some recent cars by Mercedes and Opel in this class.
    We all know Nissan allways brings excellent mechanicals and a great drive quality to all there cars.

    • Vti07

      Is it true that P plater drivers of the last model SSS won’t be able to update to the new one because it’s turboed?

      • JooberJCW

        I think it may pass on the power to weight ratio catch. Otherwise simply because its turbo, a P-plater cant get a stock Polo or some small euro car with a low capacity engine + turbo.

        • twincharger

          Also think all states have differnt laws in to what a P plater can drive.

        • Zaccy16

          in victoria they have changed that rule, now they use the power to weight raio rule anything 125kw per tonne and under is allowed now

  • Josh

    Im surely not the only one who thinks this is really ugly.

    • $29896495

      you definitely aren’t. It is woefully UGLY.

    • agro

       Must have missed my comment 2 hours prior

  • vrx26

    It actually looks like a carbon copy of Lexus CT 200H

    • $29896495

      Thinking the same thing myself, both ugly cars.

  • Mike

    Under the “hood”, shouldn’t that be under the bonnet?

    • F1orce

      ‘Hood’ sounds much better.

      Bonnet? Sounds gay!

      • matt

        hood, american dribble

  • JamesB

    The SSS should have dual exhausts with better designed mufflers than that. It’s ugly and sticks out on the wrong side.


    This monstrosity looks like a corolla that’s wearing a tank top. It fools no one. Whilst it may end up with respectable performance levels, there’s no way it will compete with the polo gti, sp20 (or25), Peugeot 208 or the upcoming clio hot hatches. They’re dreaming.

  • Evanh

    You know what, I saw a black with red masking tape mule hatch this week on Monash Freeway in Dandenong, I couldn’t match the tail light design like this sharp  >    <   to any of concept cars (I thought it's related to Lexus IS or CT) until I saw this article, I can now confirm what I have seen was a Pulsar hatch!

  • klowik

    it looks worse than the upcoming corolla. it’s a generation backward!. Pleas Redesign!

  • Jober As A Sudge

    Can’t wait for the Reebok edition!

  • Dave W

    I can’t believe this car comes from the same company that makes the GT-R….

    • Dave W

      On the plus side, I just read an article in another website saying its gonna be priced cheaper than the veloster turbo.

  • Habib

    this car will attract people around Bankstown area LOL

  • Habibaby

    Nissa has mad this look worse than the old Pulsar. 

    • trololololol

      Ah yes…good old Nissa!…….wait, what?

  • save it for the track

    So more power/torque than an Astra GTC then… As for badges, who can forget the 80’s badge overloads of the ilk of ‘Datsun Nissan Pulsar Exa turbo’ ?? It doesn’t look like a SSS model to me. Though given some vehicles in the Nissan range that they have put the badge on over the years (not all available in Aus).  They should be doing a new Gti-R Pulsar. Now that might be interesting.

  • LN

    1.6T with 140kw? who are Nissan trying to kid? The only ones who I can see buying this are the fully sick habibs from Punchbowl and Greenacre once they find one at a damage auction.

  • MrDucati

    This is really ugly! what the heck!

  • Sally

    Now imagine how cool if it was RWD… What the hell happened to the Silvia they were planning on building as a competitor to the AE86???

  • JT

    I don’t get it. Why on earth would you buy one of these when a Polo GTI is $28k rrp??? I only clicked on the review because i thought this might undercut the VW by 2-3k. Who on earth will pay MORE for this?!?! Come on Nissan, you’re havin’ a laff!

  • Jay

    Wonder if the Lebos are gana buy em lol

  • Denzo

    I had a SSS back in the day.. Imported version I bought from Nissan dealer. Hate to say it, but this looks like a wuss of a car.. Barina meets yaris. It’s disgusting.

  • Errol Smith

    I notice the negative comments are mostly based on personal loathing of the shape or how bad a value it will be and how badly made it will be, yadda yada yadda………
    Not one bit of informed or objective advice here I think.
    Wait till the Pulsar SSS is released for sale and then make objective comments. All this clutter just sounds like pre-release bagging from various competitors advertising departments.

    You can tell people that make suppositions,………………… but you can’t tell them much!


    Nissan the styling of the new Pulsar sss has completely missed the point. You just cant get away from the Tida can you.

    • Samtucan500

      agree. And the Tiida was an ugly looking car too

  • Cameron Elias McAllister

    I think I’ll stick with my N14 SSS thanks. 140kw is pretty crappy if you ask me, hell even a standard SR20VE has a better power output than this. Not to mention that the N14 looks at least 1,000x sportier.

    • Skyline 2014 ?


  • Yousif Hermiz

    how about the revival of the nissan pulsar GTI-R ?

  • Jaypjay

    GTIR please! sss are really a nothing car ! You want a sports car get a sports car.

  • Snoopy54000

    I love it.The SSS will bring the people into the showroom who are there to buy a lesser model like a ST OR ST/L in the reborn Pulsar.I have seen the new ones as the Sunny in Singapore recently and they don’t look too bad.Buy a Sports Car and have to see the Chiropractor every fortnight to deal with backaches and poor posture problems even if they bulk bill NO THANKS!!!.

    • $29896495

      I’ve looked at the nose, headlights and grill etc and I think it looks clumsy and out of proportion. On darker cars when the chrome is prominent it just looks over done for the size of car.

  • Sarddfrds

    Did not include the new Ford Focus ST with a 0-100km/h of 6.5s.

  • Snoopy54000

    Yes Which in some ways is rather stupid.Most of the European Cars now come out this way.They would have to defect to buying a SP25 Mazda 3 or a normally aspirated Alfa Mito which is a lot smaller or If Mum and Dad are paying and want something they can enjoy sharing with the kids a Toyota 86.

  • Snoopy54000

    Not at all.To add horror to this I just found out they will continue making this Model out of Thailand which makes me unhappy.If I want a Japanese Car I want it from Japan.Sorry Nissan I am off when the lease on the Micra in a few years time runs out to find me a just superseded Corolla on the second hand lot at a Toyota Dealer or a well kept Mazda 3 from the 2009 season onwards not many of that model at this stage but come 2015/16 there will be plenty.

  • Snoopy54000

     I agree with you.The Europeans actually invented the Hot Hatch with the Series 1 Golf in 1976 and since then there’s been other makes such as Alfa,Peugeot and later the Japanese Brands with their versions of a GTI.I know Nissan are trying to get back into the Performance Sports Car game for those of us who can’t justify the 60 grand or whatever it is these days for a 370z and sometimes need a back seat but sometime should tell them they are dreaming.

  • Snoopy54000

    If I was in the Market for a New Car.I would sooner something like a VW Polo 1.2 TSI.Granted it has been around a couple of years and it’s a size smaller but that doesn’t really matter to me.I don’t need the size of the Pulsar to be quite honest as we already for now have a family sized car in the form of a Mercedes in the home but will worry about that the day it moves on or when Mum can’t drive anymore.

    • Zaccy16

      Exactly! I have a polo tsi dsg and it is more refined and better quality than the majority of the class above, it also had lots of turbo torque and fun steering and handling! It also has more than enough room for 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children in the rear

      • Snoopy54000

        I totally agree with you on that count

  • Snoopy54000

    Not my cup of tea.I have seen what the Saloon Versions look like and to be honest those look like a Middle Aged Persons Car.I am only in my mid thirties and will be approaching 39 when it comes time to trade in the Micra.I’ll be going Second Hand Corolla 2012 version or a Renault Megane or a Mazda 3 2009 onwards to current season.They look a lot better and for a young person are ideal.

    • $29896495

      That’s surprising, the sedan looks like a Micra on steroids.

      • Phunken

        Micra ain’t pretty

  • David Lean

    While I agree with you on the Tiida. However I did own a Pulsar ’92 SSS. The ergonomics for the driver were absolutely the best I’ve found in any car I’ve driven. (that Includes Porchse’s & quite a few other high end cars).
    Everything was easily within arms reach, the most important things were higher up the dash. Most drive related things could be activated by just stretching my finger & leaving both hands on the wheel.
    Plus the all round visibility was brilliant.
    It was disappointing that each series after that had bigger bodies, less powerful engines & slowly moved to the sucky end of the spectrum.
    NB: I really hate the ergonomics on most European cars where they couldn’t be bothered swapping the Blinkers & the window washer controls to the opposite side of the steering wheel

    • Guest

      It’s actually a European standard to have the blinkers etc on the left, it’s to avoid confusion when LHD drivers go drive a car in the UK and vice versa (yes, it’s dumb)

  • Iko Dwyer

    Anyone who thinks the Pulsar is different or more reliable than the outgoing Tiida think again! the Pulsar badge is just being bought back to the Australian market only..oversea’s it will be known as….wait for it …Tiida!

    • $29896495

      Actually no, the Pulsar is known as the Sentra, in other countries and the Tiida, sold along side it, or if you prefer below it. The Tiida is as you know a much smaller car.

  • Jpatricksss

    My second car was a new 1999 SSS Pulsar.  Good fun car for a lot of years.  This new car looks rubbish.  So dissapointed it’s only a 1.6.  It’s not an SSS if it’s not at least 2.0 L.

    Very disappointing Nissan.  Looks like you didn’t put much effort in…

  • Jpatricksss

    No strut brace under the hood.  1999 model did.  This is not a sports model.

    I drive RX8 now so no going back.

  • CybacaT

    I’m really disappointed Nissan made such an unattractive SSS replacement – it used to be a car with a real name and niche.  Good luck to this car and all the alternatives – for the same cost most people will be buying the Car of the Year Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ.  

  • Bob Viney

    Noel, “it’s content” is incorrect.Learn a bit more about punctuation and grammar yourself.

  • Chris

    Using the internet as an authoritative guide would be the persons own stupid fault, not that of the journalist.

    • $29896495

      You are arguing over a letter? The intenet is great for research, but you have to cross check, like any good researcher. You can’t just take comments as gospel. have you seen some of the racist offensive rubbish that appears on here.

      If some one , me or any one comments check it independently, once you are satisfied then you can claim it as gospel.

  • Yousif Hermiz

    Nissan needs to make another pulsar GTIR

  • thelaughingman

    This will be very interesting in 2014 whe the line up of hot turbo hatches. The kia Cee’d, SSS Pulsar, Veloster Turbo…i cant wait! there hasn’t been a hot hatch worth buying since the early 90s.

  • Tay113

    Price.Less! less! Less!

  • steve from perth

    this looks like somthing my granma would drive and a 1.6 with 140kw what a joke thats not sporty , the pulsar gtir had 169kw and 4 wheel drive over 20 years ago

  • Phunken

    How come this Pulsar hatch look like the prev bulgy Corola, too bad it’s still look ugly not far from Tiida

  • Phunken

    Winner if it was 2001

  • Phunken

    Ummm not quite this is uglier

  • justice

    had the exact same thought, so poverty

  • Igomi Watabi

    Nobody’s bringing back the Pulsar. It’s just the next generation Tuuda, but they’ve badged it “Pulsar” here, for marketing reasons. There’d be pretty much no real relationship to the last Pulsar. As for cheap, tacky and ugly – tell that to the people that loved the last Pulsar SSS.

    • Igomi Watabi

      oops – “Tiida”

      • $29896495

        Oops again, the Tiida is a separate line of cars and has been replaced overseas. The pulsar we get is also known as the Sentra. It’s just been renamed for us.

  • VW Hater

    Should be a nice upgrade from the MKV GTI. And hopefully wont have the costly DSG repair bill. This lovely little china (Taiwan) number will show those dodgey German’s (South Africa) how to build a reliable car that has more than enough performance. And just wait till the famous tuners get a hold of it!

  • taz

    you would be far better off buying a 2nd hand Subaru Liberty B Spec.

  • Samtucan500

    I cannot believe how ugly this car is. It’s not going to win any fans and looks like the hideous Tiida. We all know Nissan Australia reverted back to Pulsar after shocking sales of Tiida but this looks like a car my grandma would drive. It does not even resemble the old Pulsar in any way. Tiida itself is the overseas name that works, it just didn’t work here simply because Australians were happy with the Pulsar. Whoever approved this shape should be sacked. Get it right Nissan!

  • John Doe

    Looks like a Subaru

  • Skyline 2014 ?

    Lol most probably..

  • aga

    had pulsar sss turbo charged!my daughter is red p
    is she allowed to drive it!!!just changed my murano to pulsar!thanks