The Renault-Nissan alliance has launched Renault Pulse, their compact hatchback, customized for the Indian markets. The car, built to set the Indian customers’ pulse racing, has been built on the Nissan Micra platform. Renault currently sells two distinct models in India, the Fluence sedan and the Koleos. The Pulse hatchback is the third model to debut across India at the time of the Auto Expo and will be followed by the Dacia or Duster model. The French carmaker has chalked out a strategy to launch five distinctly different models in a time span of 15 months. Renault has cleverly linked its strong and successful F1 story to its regular cars, having the Pulse unveiled in India on Oct 29th 2011 in Noida by Mark Webber of Red Bull Racing along with other officials of the company.
The Renault Pulse has been targeted exclusively at the Indian market and has been designed at the Design Center of Renault India in Mumbai and produced at its plant in Chennai. The plant complies with the Alliance quality standards and the production management system which is based on mutual knowledge-sharing and best practices of both Renault and Nissan. The compact car is all set to storm the market with its bold and sporty design, fuel efficiency, dynamic driving experience and smart features along with the Renault Complete Car offer or warranty for a four-year time frame. Renault Pulse, has been launched on 6th January 2012, is available in six vibrant colours. The car almost resembles the Nissan Micra, be it exteriors or interiors.
The Renault Pulse features a fuel efficient 1.5 dCi diesel engine, internally designated as the k9k, and 1.2L petrol engine. The engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Renault has succeeded in transferring high end F1 technology of producing everyday cars with class and fuel efficiency. The same engine is available in the Nissan Micra. The engine is manufactured at the Orangadam plant, near Chennai. The capacity of the plant is slated to be scaled up from 1,40,000 units per annum by 3,00,000 units.
The K9k, designed on the same principles as that of RS27 engine, has been developed by the Renault Sport F1 team which churns out a maximum power of 63 bhp @4000 rpm and maximum torque of 160 Nm at 2000 rpm. The 1.2L petrol engine, produces a maximum power of 75bhp at 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 104 Nm at 4000 rpm. The Renault Pulse returns with an amazing mileage which is 23.08 kmpl overall, making it an ideal companion for daily driving needs.
The Renault Pulse RxL and RxZ (diesel variant) has standard safety features like driver airbag, engine immobilizer, anti-pinch power windows, front and rear head restraints, speed sensing auto door locks, high mounted stop lamp and child proof rear door lock system. The RxL petrol variants have high mounted stop lamp, child proof rear door lock system, engine immobilizer, and driver airbags as standard features. Additionally the RxZ model has anti-lock braking system with Electronic Breakforce Distribution, passenger airbags, front fog lamps, anti-pinch power windows, speed sensing auto door lock and front and rear head restraints.