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by Jez Spinks

The Nissan Pulsar is on the cusp of its return to Australian showrooms.

Nissan has today staged the media launch for the new-generation small car ahead of its official on-sale date of February 1 – exactly seven years after the previous model was replaced by the Tiida.

The Pulsar will initially be available in sedan form only with a five-door hatchback to double the body style offerings from mid 2013.

Japan’s latest entrant to the ultra-competitive small car market will have one of the lowest starting prices in the segment, costing from $19,990 for an ST variant.

It’s joined in a three-tier sedan range by ST-L and Ti trim levels, priced from $23,650 and $28,990 respectively, while the Pulsar hatch line-up will be topped by a sporty SSS model powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder.

Regular Pulsar models are all motivated by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 96kW of power and 174Nm of torque.

A six-speed manual is standard with ST and ST-L Pulsars, with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) a $2250 extra or standard on the Ti.

Every Pulsar sedan model features six airbags, stability control, alloy wheels (16 inches ST and ST-L, 17 inches Ti), Bluetooth connectivity (with streaming on Ti), multi-function and multi-adjust steering wheel.

The range-topping Nissan Pulsar Ti gains dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation and a reverse-view camera.

Click to read CarAdvice’s review of the new Nissan Pulsar.

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