Renault is up scaling its line up which is clear from the launch of Pulse facelift. The hatch launched at the price tag of Rs. 5.03 lac (ex-showroom, Delhi), receives updates for both interiors and exteriors. With the launch, Renault hopes to regain lost grounds as Pulse has been facing sales slump from quite some time.
Changes at the exterior front are minimal as Pulse gets only automatic headlamps. As far as the interior goes, new Pulse gets drastic changes that takes its premium-ness to the next level. The car gets steering mounted controls and height adjustable driver seats. The cabin further gets a new dual tone dashboard with black coating on the central console system, infotainment and 2 DIN music system with Bluetooth and USB facility.
Further, Pulse also gets smart key access with engine start and stop that seems to be a common trait among a lot of new hatches. Safety elements too have been uplifted with the hatch now armed with ABS with EBD, dual airbags and crash sensors that gives passengers a sigh of relief during journey.
The company is excited about the new facelift launch even though the event was a low key affair but we might expect things to be different for the upcoming launches including Renault Lodgy and Stepaway MPV and another new small car. We may see the MPV's arrival in March while the small one should see the light of day in festive season.
The Country CEO and Managing Director for Renault India Operations, Mr. Sumit Sawhney emphasized on the importance of Renault Pulse stating that the hatch was an important part of their portfolio and therefore they enhanced its features to attract larger audience. He further added that the company has added more value proposition by offering the hatch at competitive price along with "attractive finance options".
Renault Pulse remains the same in terms of engine specifications offering a 1.5 litre 8V K9K In-line diesel engine that has a displacement of 1461cc churning out 63bhp power at 4000rpm. Maximum torque generated is 160Nm at 2000rpm. The hatch uses 4 cylinders of 2 valve each along with a 5 speed manual transmission system and has ventilated brakes for the front wheel and drum for the rear. Fuel economy of the diesel variant remains impressive at 20.04kmpl in cities and 23.08kmpl for thoroughfares.
With the petrol variant, Renault Pulse holds underneath a 1.2 litre 12V XH5 in-line engine with a displacement of 1198cc. The vehicle has 3 cylinders with four valve each which is quite different than the diesel trim generating 75bhp power at 6000rpm and 104Nm torque at 4000rpm. Renault Pulse petrol trim delivers a city mileage of 15kmpl and a highway mileage of 18.06kmpl. Both the variants including diesel trim and petrol trim use McPherson Strut for the front suspension and coil springs for the rear.
Even though with specs enhancement and competition, Renault Pulse would find its true competition in Maruti Suzuki Swift that has been a heavyweight in the segment. So it would be interesting to see if Renault Pulse facelift manages to edge out the competition.