NEW LOOK: The Pulsar has a new engine and chassis upgrades give it a sporting edge. Image: Newspress.
• Maximum torque of 240Nm
• Upgrades include suspension
• 1.6 DIG-T models have enhancements
• Interior trim as standard
LONDON, England - Nissan is set to give its Pulsar a sporting edge with a range-topping DIG-T 190 engine.
Available with three trim grade options, a report says, the punchy 142kW (190hp, hence the name) turbocharged petrol engine has been developed and fitted along with a range of styling, suspension and chassis upgrades.
The Pulsar 1.6 DIG-T 190 is, Nissan explains, "the sportiest and most powerful engine in the Pulsar range and broadens Nissan’s appeal in the hatchback market". Maximum torque is 240Nm from 2000-4000rpm) which wil take to car to 100km/hh in 7.6sec.
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While the 1.6 DIG-T engine has the power to match larger engines, its fuel consumption and emissions are, Nissan sahys, that of a much smaller unit – a major advantage of Nissan's downsizing philosophy.
Creating ‘more with less', the automaker adds, has been a Nissan priority for a number of years. "This Pulsar is the perfect example of why."
Despite its athletic performance, Nissan claims 5.71 litres/100km with CO2 emissions of 134g/km.**
And it’s not just the engine that enhances the new DIG-T 190. Nissan knows that it takes more than just power to create sporting driving experience and has engineered a new chassis set-up designed to make the most of the extra performance on offer.
The engine is fully compliant with current Euro6 standards and has a number of technical innovations, among them newly tuned ESP set-up, shorter gearing for sharper acceleration, low-friction technologies and cooled exhaust gas recirculation.
All DIG-T 190 units have alloy rims (17" on Acenta and n-tec, and 18" for Tekna) finished in a diamond-cut black and silver and a unique sportier headlights design which comes with a black finish to the bezel providing a greater contrast to the chromed projector.
A chromed exhaust adds shine to the tail.
The cabin gets a unique trim finisher across the full width of the facia, distinctive white stitching on the three-spoked steering wheel and leather upholstery on the Tekna models.
The Nissan Pulsar DIG-T 190 is priced from the equivalent of R353 000 in the UK.
*Combined cycle 17" 5.7 litres/100km
**CO2 emissions and fuel consumption depend marginally on the wheel size.
NEW PULSAR: Nissan has given its Pulsar a sporting edge with a new engine. Image: Newspress / Nissan