Renault India Launches Pulse at Rs. 5,77,000 onwards

The much awaited small car from the house of Renault has finally hit the showrooms. The Renault Pulse which was first showcased during the inaugural Indian GP last year has been launched today at the Auto Expo 2012.

The Renault Pulse is Renault India’s commitment to the Indian customers to bring in truly world class automobiles with a touch of French flair, comfort and top notch design. The Pulse is expected to raise the bar for the premium segment compact cars with its vast array of features, focus on safety and performance which is both powerful and fuel efficient.

The Renault Pulse is priced at Rs. 5,77,000 for the RxL (MidVariant) and Rs. 6,25,000 for the RxZ (Top end). The Pulse epitomizes Renault’s philosophy of bringing affordable cars with innovative technology and sporty, dynamic design. The Pulse which was designed at the Renault design studio in Mumbai brings in a host of features which are user friendly and innovative.

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The Pulse is powered by the Renault K9K diesel engine, the very same engine that des duty in the Nissan Micra. This engine ranks among the best-in class in terms of fuel efficiency and performance. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The Renault K9K diesel engine is manufactured locally at the Renault – Nissan Alliance factory located in Oragadam on the outskirts of Chennai. The Renault Pulse will be available with the Renault K9K diesel 1.5 dCi engine with maximum power of 64PS@4000rpm and peak torque of 160Nm@2000rpm which is not only fun to drive but delivers one of the best in-class fuel efficiency. (According to ARAI test data the Pulse achieves 23.08 Kmpl).

The Renault Pulse as mentioned in the blog, will be available in India in two variants, both powered by the K9K diesel engine : the RxL & RxZ. The top of the line variant RxZ offers dual airbags adding to both driver and passenger safety, illuminated engine start/stop button, lock and unlock sensing folding outside rear view mirrors, automatic climate control, smart access key, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, rear defogger with timer, roof spoiler and front fog lamps.

For the RxL variant the driver airbag (which adds a high safety quotient), power steering, front and rear power windows, central locking, air conditioning, integrated audio system, rear wiper and washer, follow-me headlamps come as standard features.

The Renault Pulse rides on standard 14 inch wheels for RxL and the top end RxZ gets 15 inch alloy wheels which adds considerably to the handling and the aesthetics of the car. Macpherson struts in the front and coil springs in the rear add stabilty to the ride and gives the car superb driving dynamics.

The Pulse is an ideal introduction of the Renault world to the young and aspiring Indian customers looking for a bold, fuel-efficient compact car that is fun to drive in the city as well as on the highways. The PULSE will be available in Pearl White, Metallic Red, Solid Black, Metallic Silver, Metallic Grey and Champagne Gold colours.

The Pulse, like the Fluence and the Koleos, is covered under the Renault Complete Care package, which offers 2+2 year/80,000 Km warranty along with other benefits like Concierge services, 24X7 roadside assistance, Navigation assistance, etc.

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Renault India unveils Pulse in India

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Renault India on the sidelines of the inaugural Indian F1 Grand Prix unveiled its third offering in India, the Pulse. The compact Renault Pulse is essentially the re badged Nissan Micra with an aggressive front end. The car was unveiled to the media by none other than Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber and Team Lotus-Renault’s Karun Chandhok.

With the Renault Pulse, Renault wants to make its presence felt in the highly competitive small car market in India. Renault India, which had followed a top down approach by launching the Fluence sedan and Koleos SUV in India, now is ready to launch its small car offering in the guise of Renault Pulse. The unveiling event was also graced by Renault’s COO Carlos Tavares and Renault India’s managing director Marc Nassif who gave an outline of Renault’s product portfolio strategy which talks about five distinctly different models in a 15 month span.

Renault Pulse hatchback will be launched in India during the Auto Expo held in New Delhi followed up with Renault Duster SUV. However, the fifth model in Renault’s portfolio is supposed to be a major surprise.

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Speaking of the Pulse hatchback, the car shares almost everything with the Nissan Micra. Everything, except the front end and a few rear end tweaks apart from the badging difference. Renault has commenced manufacture of its 1.5dci diesel engine (internally designated as the k9k unit) at its Chennai plant shared with Nissan and while the present capacity is slated at 140,000 units per year, this would be scaled up to 300,000 units.

Making evident of the F1 connection that Renault is associated with, the French auto giant suggested that RS27 F1 engine used by Red Bull Racing and the 1.5dci shared the same mantra on operating efficiencies. Much of the design work on the front and the rear ends was done by Renault’s design studio in Mumbai and executed at the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant at Oragadam near Chennai.

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The interiors of the Pulse is very much that of Micra’s. It needs to be seen how the Pulse will be marketed and in what price range. It is said that Renault’s Pulse would be priced quite competitively below the Nissan Micra and this strategy might back fire for Nissan and Renault as the Pulse sales could cannibalize Micra’s sales.

Micra’s USP of a high fuel efficiency of 23 KMPL as per ARAI will certainly be the USP of the Pulse also and it’s our gut feeling that the aggressive looking Renault Pulse will overcome the cute looking Nissan Micra when the sales of both the cars come to play.

Stay tuned for more info on the Renault Pulse here.

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