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Nissan reveals new Pulsar hatchback

Previously shown in a teaser pic last week, the Pulsar marks the carmaker’s return to the C-segment and the revival of the Pulsar name.

Designed and engineered for Europe, the model will be built at Nissan's Barcelona plant. 

Bearing a strong resemblance to its Qashqai and X-TRAIL big brothers with a bold design including the Nissan V-motion grille, signature boomerang-shaped lights with LED headlamps, the Pulsar is intended to bring ‘a new dimension to the C-segment, offering all the familiar Nissan qualities in a stylish new package’.

At 4,385mm the Pulsar is slightly longer than the Golf but is said to have the longest wheelbase in the class (2,700mm) helping it to offer ‘considerably more rear legroom and shoulder room than its sector rivals’.

The all-turbo engine line-up includes the 113bhp 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol unit along with the 118bhp 1.5-litre dCi. A 187bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine will join the range early in 2015. Nissan says CO2 outputs are below 95g/km.

The Pulsar is also offered with Nissan's XTronic automatic transmission, engineered for smooth power delivery at low engine speeds and positive, direct shifts under heavier loads.

Advanced technologies are a key focus and include Nissan's Safety Shield set of systems and technologies that combine to offer a fully comprehensive "safety net" for drivers. These include Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning, with the brand saying the Pulsar is the only car in its sector to offer the latter three as standard on at least one model in the range.

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

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.