The French car maker, Renault S.A, has been highly acclaimed for its Pulse hatchback model in India. As diesel variants were in huge demand in the country, the manufacturer debuted Pulse with its diesel variant. However, buyers still expected petrol versions for its refined power and constrained emissions. Fortunately, Renault showcased Pulse's petrol variant in the 2012 Auto Expo held in Delhi during the month of January. Though the vehicle bears the same exterior skin as that of its diesel variants, Pulse's petrol hatchback packs in powerful technologies under its hood and few other distinct features in its interiors. The manufacturer is quite confident about this variant's success in the Indian market in terms of sales, buyer's satisfaction and comfort.
Belonging to the four door hatchback segment, Renault Pulse flashes Nissan's Micra at some instances. In reality, the former possesses benevolent style quotients and looks more aggressive than the latter. One could easily identify Pulse's distinct design accents by observing the vehicle's front fascia. The dynamic headlamps adds beauty and uniqueness to Pulse's awe-inspiring design. The hike in fuel prices might affect buyers in terms of cost; but, Pulse's ample comfort and safety attributes along with better fuel efficiency would definitely suit all sorts of buyers from a judicious point of view.
Renault Pulse's petrol variant engulfs a 1.2 liter, 3 cylinder combustion engine that has the capacity to churn out 80 bhp. To suit different buyers and their distinct needs, Pulse's petrol variants are bundled in three different trims. Surprisingly, the basic trim RxE includes an airbag for the driver's position. In addition, features like air conditioning and power assisted steering system are included as standard options. RxE being the cheapest version of Pulse's petrol variant bears a price tag of Rs 4.25 Lakhs, excluding the on-road formalities.
Renault Pulse RxL is the mid-range version that equips better entertainment and power assisted features when compared to its basic version. However, other features are very similar to RxE. The addition of comfortable attributes has soared its price tag to about Rs. 5 Lakhs. As conventional, Pulse top-end version, RxZ, boosts sumptuous features like power assisted mirrors, automatic climate control, dedicated push button for start/stop functionality, etc., to mention a few. Regarding the significant safety attributes, RxZ includes Anti-lock Braking System and airbags for the driver and front passenger as well. Other features like seat belts, integrated audio system, leather wrapped steering wheel, fog lamps, roof antenna, etc., are customary on this version.
The launch of Renault Pulse's petrol variant has turned several heads among the entry level hatchback buyers. The manufacturer strives hard to make users comfortable with their models rather than gaining its capital shares. To mention, Renault is also planning to launch a C-segment sedan in India that is titled as Scala. If everything goes in favor of the manufacturer, buyers may expect to catch a glimpse of this bounteous model by the end of 2012. Until then, we have to wait for press releases and official information from the manufacturer. If lucky, we may even get some spy photographs of the test mules before the official debut.