The Nissan Pulsar hatch will undercut its mainstream small-car rivals when it launches next month with an $18,990 starting price.

The five-door hatchback arrives to complement the Pulsar sedan that arrived in January, and will better it by $1000 in entry-level Pulsar ST manual form.

The introduction of the hatch also sees the return of the much-loved Nissan Pulsar SSS nameplate, which sits at the top of the five-door range with a turbocharged engine, unique sports styling and a host of exclusive technology and comfort features (read our Nissan Pulsar SSS breakout story).

The base model Pulsar ST hatch and second-tier ST-L borrow their 96kW/174Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine from the sedan range, while the high-grade ST-S and sporty SSS score a 140kW/240Nm 1.6-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol powerplant.

As in the sedan line-up, all variants are available with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT), which adds $2250 to the price of the ST and ST-L and $2500 to the ST-S and SSS.


Like the equivalent sedan, the Nissan Pulsar ST is reasonably well equipped, coming standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, steering wheel audio controls, a four-speaker audio system with AUX and Bluetooth connectivity, cloth seats, and air conditioning.

For an extra $3500, the Pulsar ST-L trim adds front fog lights, rear spoiler, premium cloth upholstery, leather-bound steering wheel, centre armrest, a 4.3-inch central colour screen, and an upgraded six-speaker audio system with USB connectivity and iPod integration.

Stepping up another $2500 to the Pulsar ST-S grade brings the 1.6-litre turbo engine and its additional 44kW/66Nm, as well as larger 17-inch alloy wheels.

The premium for the Pulsar SSS is a considerable $4250, though a long equipment list justifies the extra spend. Unique to the SSS is a sports body kit; xenon headlights with auto levelling, self-cleaning and auto-on functions; keyless entry and push-button start; leather-accented seat trim; dual-zone climate control; and a 5.8-inch touchscreen display with satellite navigation and rear-view camera.


Final figures for fuel consumption, emissions and performance times will be confirmed closer to the Nissan Pulsar hatch’s launch date on June 1.

The Pulsar sedan has proved popular since returning to the market earlier this year, ranking second for small sedan sales in March and fifth overall in the small car segment with 1644 sales. The addition of the hatchback body style – traditionally the more popular choice among Australian small car buyers – may see the Pulsar challenge the sales domination of the Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla.


2013 Nissan Pulsar hatch prices:

  • Pulsar ST manual – $18,990 ($21,878 estimated driveaway price)
  • Pulsar ST CVT – $21,240 ($24,196)
  • Pulsar ST-L manual – $22,490 ($25,481)
  • Pulsar ST-L CVT – $24,740 ($27,799)
  • Pulsar ST-S manual – $24,990 ($28,010)
  • Pulsar ST-S CVT – $27,490 ($30,585)
  • Pulsar SSS manual – $29,240 ($32,433)
  • Pulsar SSS CVT – $31,740 ($35,008)

  • Kampfer

    The ST-S will be interesting. A compare review with the new Holden Cruze SRi will be great. Battle of the bargain “warmer” hatch!

    • Exar Kun

      Agreed. A surprising amount of power and torque from both of them considering their price. They could both be good sleepers.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, with a manual and improved steering and suspension over the regular pulsar and they should be onto a winner

  • Anuj

    I still find the interior of this car very dated and uninspiring. Having said that the new corolla is no better…..

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, just like the corrola, very bland and dated and screens that don’t look integrated into the dash board, i can’t wait to see what mazda come up with for their new 3!

      • Anuj

        Ditto- that was the part of my comment i didnt put up there- wanna see what the new Mazderati looks like :p

  • wayneO

    My neighbour just bought a new Pulsar sedan. Looks well made but I’m really struggling with the design. The interior just doesn’t seem like it’s from 2013 and the exterior of both the sedan and now hatch look somewhat ungainly, even odd, to my eyes. Maybe it’s just me.

    • $29896495

      It’s not just you

      • Martin

        Definitely not alone in that assessment. I’m struggling with the design too

  • xdfgh

    Has too much Renault DNA.

  • mo

    Nissan is really returning to their roots with the Mirage, Pulsar and Pulsar SSS. The 1.6L Turbo looks like a firecracker of an engine. If they can get good economy figures and limit the use of hard plastics inside, they could be onto a winner!

    • $29896495

      Mirage? Unless something major happened over night, that’s still a Mitsubishi

      • mo

        brain fart. my bad.

  • Vti07

    Is the new hatch made in the UK (like the previous model) or Thailand?

  • Autoholic

    It looks appropriately priced.

  • Noely

    Can’t wait for the new SSS, the look is OK to me but I’m only struggling with the torsion beam rear suspension… it doesn’t match up with its drivetrain at all!