A couple of days ago we said the French carmaker Renault will unveil its latest new hatchback for India. Today Renault India has taken the wraps off its small car known as the Pulse, this car is basically a mildly altered version of Nissan’s rather clever Micra. The Renault Pulse was unveiled tonight at the hands of Formula 1 drivers Mark Webber and Karun Chandhok.
Under the skin, the two are basically the same. They share the same lightweight V platform chassis, the same basic suspension, the same gearbox and the same set if engines as well. These include an 1.2 three cylinder petrol and a 1.5 turbo diesel. The formal launch of the car along with pricing and variants will be revealed at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.
Now, it was expected that Renault would borrow bits from their sister firm’s product that has already made its debut in the country. While the basic architecture of the car, with its large arched roof and big cabin, remains Renault has changed the nose dramatically. The front end is now much sharper looking, with its raised crisply styled lights, almost Hyundai like hexagonal grille and a typical Renault matt black center section. The car has a much stronger chin than the Micra, the rear has been mildly altered and Renault say there could be an even sportier version of the car on the cards too. The interiors of the Pulse however are almost identical to those of the Micra, right down to colours and shades.
The Pulse (codename: B58) will be the French car maker’s third offering in six months; the Fluence saloon and Koleos SUV being the earlier two. The Pulse will be built at Renault-Nissan’s Chennai plant alongside the Micra and Renault are expected to price it at a slight premium over the Nissan. One of the big seling-points of the Pulse will be a unique 2+2 year warranty that will be offered on the Pulse.
Also see – Renault Pulse scheduled to launch on October 29th
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