Nissan has introduced a new value packed version of its Almera family hatchback priced from under £10,000. Called the Pulse, it may not send the enthusiast’s racing but will get a rate from those looking for practical motoring.
Put simply, the Almera Pulse is an S with the normally optional safety pack. It includes anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, side impact airbags and whiplash preventing, front active headrests, and would add £500 to the price of an S. But Nissan invites customers to check the Pulse where you get it for free. And if they take delivery before the end of June and finance the car using Nissan’s personal contract purchase plan, Preferences, they’ll get £1000 off the deposit. That’s a potential total saving of £1500.
In addition to the safety kit already mentioned, the Pulse comes with air conditioning, front electric windows, a six-speaker CD radio and remote central locking. You can have your Pulse with three, four or five-doors, each being offered with either manual transmission and a 1.5-litre 98PS petrol unit, or with automatic transmission mated to a 1.8-litre 116PS motor. The most affordable is the 1.5 Pulse 3dr at £9995. For four or five-doors add £755. Automatic gear selection and the larger engine raises the price by £1555. Metallic paint in one of five shades adds £250, alloy wheels £555 and Nissan’s rear parking sensors £310.
So that’s quite a selection of Pulses on offer. No peas, beans or lentils though. But you can have it in red (without the kidney). And it does have a curry hook to keep your daal upright.Published 26 April 2003