Renault launches Pulse in India
Gets ready to brawl in the small car space...
Renault decided to further their celebrations at the Indian GP with the unveiling of the Pulse. After the Fluence and the Koleos, the Pulse is Renault’s third launch within six months of starting their India operations. As a quick glance would suggest, the Pulse is pretty much identical to the Nissan Micra, except for the fact that Renault’s design team has been given a free hand with remodelling the front and rear of the car to match their design theme. The aggressive nose bears great resemblance to their other hatches like the Clio and is distinctly Renault.
Keeping in mind the recent fuel price situation, Renault has chosen to go ahead and offer their tested 1.5-litre diesel motor for starters on the Pulse with the option of a smaller petrol engine following later. Renault claims the 1.5-litre diesel powered Pulse will be capable of delivering 23kpl, making it one of the most efficient hatchbacks in India. Interiors have also been kept very similar to the Micra with features like the push button start being carried over. Details about specs and features are yet to be disclosed, but are expected to closely mirror that of the Micra.
Higher degree of localisation of components for the car with the engine being locally built in Chennai should make the Pulse fairly competitive as well. The aggressive dealer expansion target remains on course with 40 dealers coming into operation by the end of 2011 with 60 more being added in 2012. The Pulse will go on sale in India in January 2012 and is likely to be priced at a slight premium compared to the Micra with the possibility of a few added features. There’s also the prospect of a racy looking ‘Sport’ version to follow soon after.