The Renault Pulse was launched in India at the 2012 Auto Expo amid much fanfare and frolic. Pulse being the third car after Fluence & Koleos from the French auto manufacturer is targeted for the mass population in India going for the Hatchbacks. The car is developed for the Indian market by Renault’s design Center in Mumbai and was completely handled by the Indian engineers. Trying to make the car different from the rest of the hatchbacks in India, the engineers have made the Pulse look sportier, aggressive with more character. This in turn should turn out to be a perfect small car for youth and aspiring Indian customers.
When it comes to design and styling, the Renault Pulse looks very much same like Nissan Micra like the Front grille, rear bumper, front bumper, headlights, tail lights and company’s logo mach the Micra. The front end carries a huge Renault logo in centre with black matte finish grille below it and a front bumper with huge air-dam flanked by round-shaped clear lens fog lamps. The side profile of Pulse looks a lot like Nissan Micra with curves and thick C-pillar. The rear of Renault Pulse features big Renault logo in centre and Pulse insignia below it in chrome finish. Though Renault Pulse is based on Nissan Micra it looks much better.
Renault Pulse gets a very spacious and intelligent interior features like that of Nissan Micra. Sharing most of the design and parts from the Micra, the only difference one can see is the new steering wheel and different colour scheme for seats and door pads. The car has exceptional legroom and boot space of 251 litre which can easily accommodate 2-3 suitcases. The top model of Pulse is expected to feature power steering, remote central locking, power windows, air-conditioner, rear washer/wiper, rear defogger, dash integrated music system leatherette seats, and rear parcel tray. The central console and instrument cluster are same like Nissan Micra, which are in silver finish and looks very different and unique.
The Pulse is powered by the K9K engine which ranks among the best-in-class in terms of fuel consumption and performance. This engine with the CRDi technology is not only popular in India but around the world. The K9K engine comes from a family of inline-4 diesel engines co-developed by Nissan and Renault in Chennai. Presently the Renault Pulse comes in only the diesel variant with a 4 cylinder engine and has a displacement volume of 1461cc, whereas the petrol version will be launched later and will be powered by a 3 cylinder engine with a displacement volume of 1198cc.
Among the two variants of Renault Pulse released by the company, the first one has a driver side airbag as an option and another has passenger side airbag in option along with driver side as standard. The Top-model (RxZ) of Renault Pulse features Dual airbags (Option variant), ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution and Fog lamps which will be missing in the base model of Renault Pulse RXL. Other standard safety features includes the features like the front seat belts with rear seat belts, anti-pinch safety function for driver side window, child proof rear door locks, engine immobilizer, head restraints for front and rear seats, high-mount stop lamp and speed sensing auto door locks.
Variants and Price
|Renault Pulse Diesel RxL||Rs. 5,77,000|
|Renault Pulse Diesel RxZ||Rs. 6,25,000|
|Renault Pulse Petrol||Rs. 5,30,000 (expected)|