New Nissan Pulsar marks brand’s return to the European C-segment [w/videos]

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Nissan Pulsar

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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