The Nissan Qashqai is a hugely popular car in Britain: the recently-facelifted model aims to cement its position as a top-three best-seller. Rather less popular is its family hatchback sibling, the Pulsar, despite rival models such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus selling so strongly. Its problem? A lack of style: something Nissan is aiming to fix with a new special edition, the N-Connecta Style Edition.

Based on the mid-range N-Connecta model, the Nissan says the Style Edition "offers contemporary design and styling enhancements." It's never been a looker, the Pulsar, but exterior upgrades for this special edition model include redesigned headlights which make a surprising difference, with their distinctive daytime running light signature.

Other highlights include black door mirrors and 18-inch black alloy wheels. Inside, meanwhile, the Style Edition gets Nissan's five-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio and a rear-view camera.

Order books are now open for the Nissan Pulsar N-Connecta Style Edition, which comes with a 1.2-litre 113bhp DIG-T petrol engine paired with a six-speed manual gearbox.

“The Nissan Pulsar remains a hit across Europe, with customers awarding it an impressive 9.1 out of 10 with independent feedback organisation Reevoo," said Nissan Europe's chief marketing manager, Pulsar, Ryan Gains.

"Building on this success, the new Pulsar N-Connecta Style Edition will satisfy customers seeking a more contemporary and stylish five-door hatchback.”

Source: Nissan

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