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.
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)