Feeling that their work is complete in the SUV and crossover market with the new Qashqai and X-Trail, Nissan is turning its attention to the C-segment hatchback market with the new Pulsar.

Cabin space has been a particular focus of Nissan’s in creating the Pulsar, and the company claims it boasts the longest wheelbase in the class at 2,700mm.

Sensible packaging means its modest 4,385mm length still yields excellent leg- and shoulder-room, with rear seat passengers benefiting from 692mm of knee-room.

Externally, the Pulsar shares the now familiar corporate front grille and V-shaped badging motif, while also continuing the large-wheeled theme set by much of the rest of the range.

Safety is also high on the Pulsar’s agenda, with the full stable of Nissan technologies available: Safety Shield, Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, and others.

The engines are all turbocharged units, and range from the 1.2-litre DIG-T unit with 115PS and 110PS 1.5-litre dCi diesel, to a powerful 190PS 1.6-litre petrol engine that will arrive early in 2015.

CO2 outputs and economy figures haven’t been revealed, but emissions are expected to start below 95 g/km.

The new Nissan Pulsar has been designed and engineered in Europe, and will be built at the company’s Barcelona plant.

It is expected to go on sale in the autumn of 2014.