Nissan Australia corporate communications general manager Peter Fadeyev told CarAdvice at the launch of the Pulsar SSS hatch that the company is investigating the potential of a sporty halo for the four-door Pulsar range.
“We actually started looking at a performance version of Pulsar sedan last November, but now that we’ve launched the Pulsar hatch, we’ll have to wait and see how the sedan sales go against the hatch before moving forward on such a project”, Fadeyev said.
“However, don’t be surprised to see a SSS sedan, or at the very least, an even more affordable ST-S version with the engine borrowed from the hatch equivalent.”
The Pulsar ST-S hatch is essentially a stripped-out version of the all-new range-topping SSS, featuring the same 140kW/240Nm 1.6-litre direct-injection turbocharged engine but for $4250 less at $24,990.
Nissan may decide that an ST-S version of the sedan might be the smarter move, however, given the SSS badge has always been synonymous with a hatch body and to change that could risk watering down the nameplate’s credibility.