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Renault Pulse Description
After Renault decided to go solo in the Indian market, Renault India gave it two consecutive successful launches in a year, Renault Fluence and Renault Koleos and now Renault India is enjoying its success for its mega-selling hatchback, Renault Pulse. Renault India has taken another step to success by launching the petrol variant of the premium hatchback, Renault Pulse. Renault Pulse petrol variant is launched now and has started selling in Renault’s 44 dealerships across India. The Pulse petrol is installed with a 12 valve, 3 cylinder, 1198 cc, DOHC engine. Due to its Electronic Fuel Injection Control system, Renault India claims that the Renault Pulse Petrol can give a mileage upto 18.06 Kmpl. The powerful petrol engine of this magnificent car delivers maximum power of 76PS@ 6000 rpm and peak torque of 104 Nm@ 4000 rpm. The gearbox of this car has 5-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the 1.5 diesel engine churns out 64 Ps of power with 160 Nm of torque. It has the same K9K family engine which can be seen in many other famous cars and even Renault Pulse diesel has the same. The Pulse petrol will be available in 3 different variants RxE, RxL and RxZ. The top variant Pulsepetrol RxZ has dual airbags, ABS with EBD, engine start/stop button, foldable outside rear view mirrors, automatic climate control, smart access key, rear defogger with timer, front fog lamps etc whereas the Pulse petrol RxL variant is equipped with a the driver airbag, electronic power steering, front and rear power windows, central locking, air conditioning, integrated audio system, rear wiper and washer, follow-me headlamps etc. And the Pulse petrol RxE variant comes in with the same accessories and gadgets installed in RxL variant but lacks in rear power windows, integrated audio system, rear wiper and washer etc. The Renault Pulse has standard 14 and 15 wheels with Macpherson struts type suspension in the front and Torsion Beam type forks suspension in the rear which adds stabilty to the ride and gives a driver a superb driving experience. This new wonderful hatchback is equipped with ventilated disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear. The overall length, width and height of this car are 3805 mm, 1665 mm, 1530 mm respectively (height of diesel variant is 1525 mm). This kind of compact dimension gives this car a unique control over speed and balance even on hilly areas. Even after having such a compact size it has a big boot space of 251 liters and has a fuel tank capacity of 41 liters. The colors available in new Renault Pulse petrol will be Pearl White, Metallic Red, Solid Black, Metallic Silver, Metallic Grey and Champagne Gold.
Renault India has made its mark in the Indian car market in short span of time. After it parted ways with Mahindra, Renault India came out with Renault Fluence sedan, which was quite successful; then came in Renault Koleos SUV and finally Renault Pulse hatchback was launched. Although, Renault Pulse hatchback was said to be the rebadged version, but the hatchback has its own unique features and with the time, Pulse managed to lure the consumers towards it. Renault Pulse is offered in both diesel and petrol variants making it easy for the consumers to pick according to their needs and requirements. The petrol variant of Pulse features 1198cc of DOHC engine producing 76 PS of power with 104 Nm of torque, while the diesel variants of Renault Pulse comes with 1461cc of Renault K9K dCi diesel motor that produces 64 PS of power with 160 Nm of torque. Besides the engine technicalities, the petrol and diesel variants of Renault Pulse have three and two variants, respectively. All the variants have some high class comfort features. Therefore, if you are looking to buy a new hatchback for you and your family, then Renault Pulse is one of the best choices that Indian car bazaar has to offer.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The mileage delivered by Renault Pulse hatchback (petrol and diesel) is impressive and maintaining the car is easy on pocket. The petrol variants powered by 1198cc of DOHC engine producing 76 PS of power and 104 Nm of torque and the diesel variants powered by 1461cc of K9K dCi diesel motor churning out 64 PS of power and 160 Nm of torque are mated with five speed manual gearbox. This five speed manual transmission allows the car to deliver inspiring mileage. The petrol version of Pulse manages to deliver 18.06 km per litre of fuel economy, while the diesel variant generates 23.03 km per litre of mileage (as per ARAI).
Renault Pulse hatchback is offered in wide range of colors. The color range here is quite elegant and peppy and include in shades like Champagne Gold, Solid Black, Pearl White, Metallic Grey, Metallic Silver and Metallic Red.
Acceleration and Pick up
The pickup and acceleration of Renault Pulse is quite imposing and doesn’t let down the owner. The diesel variant with 1461cc of K9K dCi diesel motor producing peak power of 64 PS with 160 Nm of torque is mated with five speed manual gearbox. When accelerated, the car zooms with a top speed of 160 km per hour and goes from 0-100kmph in 14.5 seconds. On the other hand, the petrol variant, which is blessed with 1198cc of DOHC engine generating 76 PS of power and 104 Nm of torque, is mated with the same five speed manual transmission. But when accelerated, the hatchback here goes from 0 to 100 kmph in 14.6 seconds and has a top speed of 160 km per hour.
Coming to the looks and appearance of Renault Pulse, the hatchback has a lot of resemblance with Nissan Micra. Although, the more sporty Pulse, having a unique character of its own is different from the bubble shaped Micra. Renault Pulse comes with a dynamic design accompanied by comfort features. The front profile of the car is quite sharply done and has crisp follow me home headlights, while the black grille amplifies the front of the car substantially. Body colored bumpers and chrome lining beneath the grille and carefully positioned Renault logo is just perfect. The side profile of the car is perfect as well with the smooth contours. Body colored ORVMs and body color pull type door handles and green tinted glass make the side profile interesting. Finally the rear end of Pulse is curvy and renders a wavy feel to it. The rear spoiler has high mounted stop light and the windscreen has washer and wiper accompanied by defogger. The taillights have been given a very unique and elegant shape.
Renault India knew how much importance the interiors of the car holds. Therefore, Renault Pulse has been bestowed with comfortable and chic interiors. The tilt adjustable power steering, air conditioning system, high quality fabric upholstered seats, ample of legroom and headroom, central locking system comes as the standard features. Whereas depending on the variant one chooses, the car also features automatic climate control, front fog lights, tachometer, power windows (front and rear), folding seats with adjustable head rears, cup holder in front and rear, chrome handlebars and incorporated audio player. The electrically adjustable ORVMs are also come out to be very handy for the driver.
Renault Pulse is a good looking hatchback car and is accompanied by perfect proportions. There is slight difference in the dimensions of Renault Pulse petrol and Renault Pulse Diesel. Pulse petrol is a bit more in height as compared to diesel version of the hatchback. The height of Pulse diesel is 1525mm while petrol Pulse has a height of 1530mm. Rest the length and width of the hatchback is 3805mm and 1665mm respectively. Wheelbase of the hatch is 2450 mm suggesting that rear passengers can reclined easily on their seat.
Renault Pulse is offered in diesel and petrol engine options and both of them come with high class specifications. The Renault Pulse diesel comes with 1461cc of Renault K9K dCi diesel motor that produces 64 PS of power with 160 Nm of torque, while the Renault Pulse petrol is blessed with XH5 with 1198cc of DOHC engine producing 76 PS of power with 104 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated with five speed manual transmission that makes Renault Pulse a total delight to drive.
Renault Pulse features five spoke wheels that make Pulse more perky and attractive. The mid variant of the car features 14 inches of steel wheels with full wheel caps, whereas the top trim of Pulse has 15 inches of alloy wheels. The tubeless tyres have a 165/70 size, where as the Renault Pulse RXV tyres measure up to 175/60.
The suspension system of Renault Pulse is same as Nissan Micra’s. The front end has MacPherson Strut type suspension while the rear end has Torsion Bean type forks that allow a very comfortable drive and furthermore aid the car to have more stability on the roads.
Handling and Control
The handling of Renault Pulse is smooth and hassle free. The tilt adjustable power steering amplifies the overall handling of the car. The ABS in the top end variant of the car averts the wheel from locking when immediate brakes are applied thereby provided maximum control to the driver.
Comfortable interiors, available in both petrol and diesel variants and affordable price.
Looks quite similar to Nissan Micra.
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