Renault has refreshed the Pulse hatchback with new features. Dubbed the 2015 Edition of the Pulse, the hatchback remains visually unchanged on the outside. On the inside, the dashboard sees a twin tone colour scheme while a piano black finish adorns the center console. In terms of feature additions, the car receives automatic headlamps, steering mounted audio controls and a height adjustable driver’s seat. Over the past few months, Renault has cut down on Pulse and Scala production, in order to clear left over stock of 2014. With the introduction of the 2015 Pulse, production of this hatchback has been re-started at the Renault-Nissan joint manufacturing facility near Chennai.
The car starts at 5.03 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi, for the base petrol variant. Variant details of the hatchback are yet to be revealed although the starting price indicates that a variant re-jig would have been in place. Previously, the Pulse range started at 4.46 lakh rupees for the petrol RxE trim, with the RxL Petrol starting at 5.03 lakh rupees. Another round of discounting could be on the cards, considering that the Pulse enjoys little demand. The petrol variant of the Pulse uses the 1.2 liter HR12DE, triple cylinder engine that makes 74 Bhp-104 Nm. The diesel variant uses the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder K9K motor in 65 Bhp-160 Nm state of tune, and is easily the pick of the lot for the excellent driveability and fuel efficiency it offers.
ABS+EBD and twin airbags are offered on the top-end variants of the car. The Pulse is a badge engineered car that is based on the Nissan Micra hatchback. While the facelift on the Micra was more comprehensive, the badge engineered status of the Pulse means that Renault has little maneuvering room when it comes to changing the exterior design of the hatchback. This is the reason why the Pulse’s looks continue to remain unchanged while the interiors receive a makeover. In the months to come, the Scala sedan, another badge engineered car from Renault and that is based on the Nissan Sunny, is also expected to get a refresh that sees more features added.