Following a small teaser, Nissan has unveiled its newest entry into the hotly contested European C-segment. Making new use of the Pulsar nameplate, it will attempt to take the fight to market stalwarts, like the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra.

The new five-door will be built on Nissan's modular CMF2 architecture, which also underpins the Euro-spec Qashqai and X-Trail (known in the US as the Rogue). It's a larger vehicle than one of its main challengers, the Golf, riding on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, which is 2.4 inches longer than the VW. It's also longer overall, at 172.6 inches.

The new Pulsar is a moderately powered little five-door, boasting an engine lineup familiar to anyone that knows the Qashqai. A 1.2-liter, turbocharged gas engine offers up 113 horsepower, while those that need a bit more oomph can wait for the late-availability, 187-hp, 1.6-liter turbo that American drivers will know from the Juke crossover. Diesel fans will be able to opt for a 1.5-liter mill that delivers 192 pound-feet of torque and 108 hp. No surprise here, but continuously variable transmissions are the order of the day.

Nissan hasn't skimped on tech and safety items for its newest offering. Thanks to the brand's Safety Shield suite, the Pulsar will come to market with forward emergency braking, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. There aren't specifics, but the latter two technologies will be standard on at least one of the Pulsar's trim levels, which Nissan claims is a segment first. LED headlamps and the NissanConnect infotainment system round out the Pulsar's goodies.

Pricing hasn't been announced for the quite yet, although we'd expect it to slot into the meat of the C-segment range. That means between 13,000 and 18,000 pounds ($21,882 to $30,299 in a straight conversion at today's rates).

Production will take place at Nissan's Barcelona, Spain factory with sales slated to begin in the fall. Take a look below for the official press release from Nissan.

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NISSAN BRINGS TECHNOLOGY, STYLE AND SECTOR-LEADING SPACE TO THE C-SEGMENT - INTRODUCING THE NEW NISSAN PULSAR

All-new Pulsar five-door hatchback distils Nissan's innovation and dynamism into an exciting new package
Acclaimed technologies including Around View Monitor and sector-first safety and comfort systems
Powerful yet frugal all-turbocharged engine range
Bold extension of Nissan's acclaimed design direction
Designed and engineered for Europe, built at Nissan's Barcelona plant
On sale from Autumn 2014


PARIS, France, 20th May 2014 - Nissan's passion for innovation and technology has seen it transform the family car landscape over the course of the last seven years. Now, using the same design approach and original thinking that produced the Qashqai, X-Trail and Note, Nissan is expanding its product portfolio once more with an exciting all-new family hatchback challenger - the Pulsar.

Combining bold design, technical innovations and interior space, the new Pulsar brings a new dimension to the C-segment, offering all the familiar Nissan qualities in a stylish new package.

The Pulsar's introduction highlights Nissan's ambition and to deliver intelligent design and technical innovations to a wider audience.

Advanced technologies

As Nissan drivers have come to expect, the new Pulsar is packed with a range of accessible and useful technologies designed to make drivers feel more confident and comfortable. Nissan's reputation for introducing new-to-sector technologies has been strengthened with a wide number of features usually reserved for premium or luxury models.

Nissan's advanced Safety Shield - a suite of systems and technologies that combine to offer a fully comprehensive 'safety net' for drivers - is also fully integrated into the Pulsar's design.

This advanced network of usable yet highly advanced technologies help drivers to fully enjoy the potential of the new Pulsar with complete confidence. Among the systems offered in the new Pulsar are Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning.

Nissan's ongoing drive to deliver sector-first technologies mean that the Pulsar is the only car in its sector to offer Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning as standard on at least one model in the range.

The Pulsar also features Nissan's second-generation NissanConnect system - that comes with a range of innovative features including full smartphone integration, Google® Send-to-Car and access to a wide variety of useful and informative apps.

Another advanced technology integrated into the Pulsar's design are LED headlamps. First introduced to the Nissan range on the Qashqai and X-Trail, the Pulsar's distinctive LED front lights produce a crisp, white light and have the added advantage of using 50 per cent less power than conventional bulbs.

Efficient and powerful drivetrains

In keeping with Nissan's approach to innovation and reduced costs for owners, the Pulsar's engine all-turbocharged engine range delivers the perfect combination of performance and efficiency. The 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol unit punches above its weight with an output of 115PS, while the 1.5-litre dCi generates 110PS and 260Nm of torque. An even more powerful 190PS 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine will join the range early in 2015.

Continuing Nissan's successful downsizing philosophy, the new Pulsar's engines are high on performance and low on emissions, with CO2 outputs below 95g/km*. The Pulsar is also offered with Nissan's advanced XTronic automatic transmission. Engineered to deliver the best of both worlds for drivers it features ultra-smooth power delivery at low engine speeds and positive, direct shifts under heavier loads.

Setting new standards for cabin space

Thanks to the longest wheelbase in the class (2,700mm) and clever packaging, the Pulsar offers considerably more rear legroom and shoulder room than its sector rivals. Indeed, with 692mm of rear kneeroom, the Pulsar is more spacious than many D-segment offerings.

Yet despite this it retains a compact footprint (length 4,385mm), making it easy to park in tight urban environments.

Energetic, athletic styling

Instantly recognisable thanks to its trademark Nissan V-motion grille and boomerang-shaped lighting signature with bold and energetic curves on the body side, the Pulsar was designed and engineered for Europe and will be built at Nissan's Barcelona production facility.

Embedded with the same design DNA that gives the Qashqai and X-Trail such powerful road presence, the Pulsar combines strong lines with immaculate detailing to create an elegant, athletic form. Like its crossover stablemates, the Pulsar is characterised by bold wheel volumes, a tapered waistline and a flowing profile.

The confident, premium approach continues inside, where high quality materials and clear design are perfectly integrated with Pulsar's unusually high equipment levels.


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      mikeybyte1
      • 7 Months Ago
      In the US Nissan has the Sentra to go up against the Focus and other C segment vehicles. This Pulsar is better looking than the Sentra, which comes across as "Honey I Shrunk the Altima" awkward. Guessing 5 doors do better in the EU and Sentra is only a 4 door sedan. Too bad they couldn't bring the Pulsar over to the US as a "Sentra Sport" or something like that. I actually prefer the Pulsar name to Sentra. Sounds.... younger.
      bK
      • 7 Months Ago
      Looks good. i remember back in the days there was a version with a removeable back end.
      Lachmund
      • 7 Months Ago
      Looks good..I like the name as well. Much better than Almera that's for sure
      dohc73
      • 7 Months Ago
      Nissan, stick that face on the Juke and you have my money.
      rbnhd1144
      • 7 Months Ago
      Perfect, I Love the shape of this car, it will sell well in Europe.
      RZ-Civic
      • 7 Months Ago
      Looks a lot better than the Sentra. They should bring it over to Canada, just as they did with the Micra.
      Hello, Brian
      • 7 Months Ago
      Not really sure why anyone would buy this over a Golf or Focus. The freedom of choice is good, though.
        Henry
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Hello, Brian
        One thing comes to mind. Reliability! How's that?
          chanonissan
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Henry
          last time i check nissan was a head of f VW in reliability in EU. but renault was struggling think you are confusing nissan with renault or just suming up that if renault fail nissan will fail. http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/miscellaneous/2013-07/big-surprises-in-uks-most-accurate-car-reliability-survey/
          May
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Henry
          Nissan and Renault share platforms, engines, gearboxes etc. It's just UK survey, not EU. Skoda is VW with different badge and it's very close to Nissan. Regular service/checkups in Nissan dealers cost much more than in European brands. You can see it in this survey as well - average cost for Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Mazda was significantly higher than for European brands like Fiat, Citroen, Skoda/VW, Ford etc. (I'm counting Ford as European brand because Ford Europe has huge autonomy from mother company - they design and producen their own cars) Kia is pretty expensive as well.
          Neil
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Henry
          It will struggle to get reliability to match a European Focus (even Toyota and Honda struggle with that), but will probably match a Golf.
        Aron
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Hello, Brian
        Jesus, why are people downvoting him? At least come up with some counter arguments if you don't agree. I mean why WOULD you want this over a Golf or Focus?
      Neutral President
      • 7 Months Ago
      That is a handsome car.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 7 Months Ago
      Absolutely hideous. Why couldn't they just sell the Sentra over there instead of having to develop a whole new model?
        Lachmund
        • 7 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        because the Sentra is an abomination...Oh you were just trolling. Nevermind
        aatbloke1967
        • 7 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        C-segment three-box saloons do not sell well in Western Europe. Deal with it.
          May
          • 7 Months Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          3 series and A4 are midsize sedans in Europe, not compacts. Cruze is discontinued in Europe. Jetta and Focus sedan are not selling well.
          FuelToTheFire
          • 7 Months Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Jetta 3 series A4 Focus Cruze
          aatbloke1967
          • 7 Months Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Actually he provided three examples. The A4 and 3-series are D-segment.
          aatbloke1967
          • 7 Months Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          As I've already said, three-box C-segment saloons do not sell well in Western Europe, and FueltotheFire was even kind enough to provide five examples which don't. In fact, they're not all even available in a number of western European countries.
        Azazel
        • 7 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        It's not a whole new model. This same car is sold in Australia as the Pulsar and in the US in sedan form as the Sentra.
      Mercennarius
      • 7 Months Ago
      The 1.6T Pulsar would be a lot of fun!
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 7 Months Ago
      I Thought a nissan pulsar was a 2 seater with a removable roof.
        sass1420
        • 4 Months Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        no it sat 4, if you had the Munchkins from Wizard of Oz in the back seat. My sister had a pulsar, I will guess early 90's, that car got beaten up, trashed, crashed, and smashed in many ways, but it always kept on running. She kept the regular hatch on it not the big square sticky outy thing.
      • 7 Months Ago
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