Paris Motor Show LIVE: Nissan Pulsar image

Nissan has opted to showcase to the public the new Pulsar compact model during the Paris Motor Show, as the model – officially revealed back in May – is approaching its official sales start.

The Pulsar five-door hatchback marks the Japanese automaker’s return to the highly coveted compact segment in Europe, ditched by the company since the Almera model was axed.

Nissan’s all-new Euro-spec Pulsar is clearly inspired by the new X-Trail and Qashqai and tries to fight the likes of Ford’s Focus and Volkswagen’s Golf with a generous interior space, derived from the long 2700 mm wheelbase. Together with the car’s 4385 mm length, Nissan claims the Pulsar has the most generous rear space in the segment.

The model has been equipped by Nissan with all of its latest assistance and safety systems, as well as gadgetry: we have anything from moving object detection and forward emergency braking to the second-generation NissanConnect system that integrates the user’s smartphone.

Under the hood the Japanese model offers a wide array of engines, albeit none of them decidedly new – the petrol options vary from the 1.2 DIG-T with 115 PS (84 kW) to a powerful 1.6-liter unit churning out 190 PS. Diesel options will rely on the Renault-Nissan 1.5 dCi and transmission options include six-speed manuals or CVT options.