The first Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan is on its way to showrooms as the headline story in a Series II range update due at the end of April.
It’s the second bit of activity within Nissan’s passenger range this week, with details on the updated Micra light car revealed yesterday.
Replacing the slow-selling Ti as the flagship Pulsar variant, the SSS sedan will kick off at $26,990 plus on-road costs, $1000 more than the SSS hatchback that has been available since June 2013, which has seen a big price cut of $3800, and is now priced from $25,990 plus on-road costs.
The SSS sedan arrives almost a year later than originally announced, but will nevertheless give the range a boost — literally and figuratively, given it uses the same ‘boosted’ 1.6-litre DIG turbo-petrol engine with 140kW of power and 240Nm of torque as the SSS and the Juke.
That’s a decent bit of shove for $27K. It also makes a great deal more sense in Australia than the axed luxury-oriented 96kW/174Nm 1.8-litre Ti sedan, given the local market’s predilection for sporty vehicles.
The spec between the two is the same, with the exception of the SSS also getting reversing sensors. The starting price nevertheless makes the flagship SSS $3000 cheaper than the Ti as a six-speed manual, or $700 cheaper in $29,290 Xtronic CVT auto guise.
Other updates as part of the Series II Pulsar re-jig include a price cut of $1200 for the mid-range ST-L sedan. At the same time, Nissan has added a heap of equipment such as a 5.8-inch touchscreen with sat-nav and a reversing camera from the SSS, and Bluetooth audio streaming.
Meantime, the cheaper ST-L hatch only gains rear parking sensors and not the other stuff, while also receiving a price reduction of $1600. The Pulsar 1.6 DIG ST-S hatch grade (a less-specced SSS, basically) has been removed, given the SSS’ price cut.
Pulsar sales have never really taken off since the car arrived a few years ago. This year, Nissan has shifted 2126 units, down 18 per cent in a segment down 7.1 per cent. That’s enough for 3.8 per cent market share.
We will be driving the Pulsar SSS sedan once it is made available, so stay tuned for a review soon.
2015 Nissan Pulsar sedan pricing (plus on-road costs):