Review of Renault Pulse, a new Nissan Micra
The Renault Pulse, a hatchback for the Indian market, being the 3rd product from Renault for this year’s introductory plan of 5 cars named Renault Fluence, Koleos, Pulse,Duster and Scala.
This French Automaker known to be trying and testing to emerge for the hatchback segment at the international level is now trying to experiment India, competing to Maruti Suzuki Swift and much more in this segment.
With joint venture with Mahindra, Renault now wants to establish itself as an independent identity releasing this hatchback for mass audience preceded by the Koleos, a much expensive SUV for a niche audience.
This surely not a drag racer is a much smooth drive, with a good suspension hardly to notice any bumps or disturbance on the road. Runs good till a speed of 100 to a 130 kmph. It feels light on the steering wheel which add much to its ride quality a plus point. This French maker’s 1st hatch for India is built on the same V-platform at Renault-Nissan Alliance’s assembly plant in Chennai, India.
It’s just like Nissan Micra from exterior view as well as from interior designs.The front and rear bumpers look some change with a short spoiler adding a bit change from Micra but inherits the interiors from it’s sibling Micra.
The HVAC (heater, ventilation and air-conditioner) controls on the dash in addition to an array of other interior features and styling are carried forward to Renault Pulse.
The smart door lock and unlock feature is the centre of interest.
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Renault Pulse India features,
automatic climate control,power and tilt adjustable steering,power windows,rear defogger with timer,rear washer/wiper,leather seats,tinted glass,lock and unlock sensing ORVMs,illuminated engine start/stop button,rear parcel tray, and dash integrated music system.This list of features is aggravated with a roof spoiler and front fog lamps with follow me headlamps.
The Pulse would turn out to be a good value for money resourceful car for the youth and aspiring customers for this bold fuel-efficient hatch.
The dashboard is identical to the Micra’s, except for Renault badge on the steering wheel.Also, there are no steering mounted controls.Clocks though are easily read.
Ample space in the glove box.Electrically adjustable ORVMs also get autofold.Door pockets are deep and useful.Central panel has just one little slot next to the parking brake.
Renault Pulse RXZ- STATS
Price: 5-7 lakhs(est.)
Gearbox: 5-speed manual
Drive Type: FWD
Steering Gear Type: Power assisted Rack & Pinion
Front Brake Type: Ventilated Disk
Rear Brake Type: Drum
Mileage-city: 14.0 kmpl
Mileage-highway: 18.0 kmpl
Fuel Tank Capacity: 41 litres
Cargo Volume: 251 litres
+ Fuel economy,equipment
– Too similar to the Nissan Micra
Features like power steering,automatic climate control,air quality control,remote trunk opener,remote fuel lid opener,low fuel warning light,trunk light,vanity mirror,tachometer,electronic multi-tripmeter,power adjustable external rear view mirror,rear window wiper,rear window washer,rear window defogger,power antenna,tinted glass,ABS,Brake Assist,Central Locking,child safety locks,airbag,day&night rear view mirror,keyless entry,engine immobilizer.