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Car reviews - Nissan - Pulsar - LX sedan

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22 Feb 2001

Pulsar's styling borrows heavily from the larger Maxima, particularly when viewed from the front Like most small cars, Pulsar really offers only four seats and only a lap belt is provided for a fifth occupant A tilt-adjustable steering column and a rest for the driver's left foot are provided Full cloth seat covering material is standard on the LX All Pulsars offer driver's seat height adjustment and adjustable front headrests Driver's side airbag only is standard on the LX Air conditioning is standard across the range A security-coded AM/FM CD player 4-speaker system is factory-fitted Air conditioning is standard across the range 5J x 14 steel wheels with full wheel-covers are standard on the LXRemote central locking and immobiliser is standard on all new Pulsars The 1.6-litre 16-valve engine generates 83kW at 6000rpm and 140Nm at 4400rpm - just 9kW and 21 Nm less than the 1800cc engine, but also less than the previous 1.6 motor MacPherson strut front suspension continues to be used in Pulsar Multi-link beam rear suspension keeps rear wheels perpendicular during cornering Manuals now have synchromesh on first and reverse gears Automatics have electronically controlled torque-converters for improved shifts Bigger ventilated front discs are fitted to the new Pulsar.

Rear drum brakes are standard across the Pulsar range ABS isn't even an option on Pulsars other than the Ti model Power assisted rack and pinion steering is standard across the Pulsar range Energy-absorbing, tilt-adjustable steering columns are fitted in the new Pulsar LX's turning circle is 9.2m

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