February 26, 2015: Renault India, in order to uplift its model line has silently launched Pulse facelift at Rs 5.03 Lac (Ex-showroom Delhi). The 2015 facelift now gets little upscaled inside out. It gets automatic headlamps, steering mounted controls and a height adjustable driver seat for better comfort. The facelift now gets all new dual tone dashboard with a piano black finish on the central console.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
||20.04||23.08||63.1bhp @ 4000rpm|
||20.04||23.08||63.1bhp @ 4000rpm|
||15.0||18.06||74.93bhp @ 6000rpm|
The French automaker, Renault, has silently launched the latest version of its premium hatchback model, Pulse in the auto market. This latest version comes with updates to its interiors and features, while the exteriors remains unchanged. The manufacturer also retained the same petrol and diesel engines without any updates. The car maker has changed the insides of this model series, which makes it look even more refined than the outgoing versions. Its internal cabin is now blessed with a refined dual tone color scheme that is complimented by piano black finish on the central console, which further adds to the plushness of interiors. Its dashboard also has a dual tone color scheme and is housed with a rectangular AC vents. In terms of features, this 2015 version is now blessed with aspects like automatic headlamps and a multi-functional steering wheel. Furthermore, it also gets a height adjustable driver's seat, which further enhances the comfort. The automaker is also offering this latest version with an advanced 2-DIN based music player that features a USB and AUX-In sockets along with Bluetooth connectivity. Furthermore, this trim also gets an attractive instrument cluster along with a high quality seating upholstery that emphasizes the elegance of its cabin. In what seems like an attempt to boost its sales further, the automaker has rolled out this updated version for the car enthusiasts in the country. This premium hatchback is now competing with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Elite i20, Fiat Punto EVO and Maruti Ritz along with Tata Bolt in the premium hatchback segment. The company had first unveiled this hatchback in the year 2011 and later, it received a few updates in 2014. This refurbished version is specially devised for the Indian market wherein, the manufacturer has kept its price tag in an affordable range to capture the masses. The company has decked up this contemporary hatchback with all the necessary and luxury features to suit its requirements. It is basically a small hatchback, however the emphasis is not on the compactness, rather it is quite spacious and roomy. This hatchback is based on the V-platform, which also used in Nissan Micra. It is currently available with both petrol and diesel engine options for the customers to choose from. Its diesel versions are equipped with a globally renowned 1.5-litre, dCi engine that produces a maximum power of 63.12bhp along with a pounding torque of 160Nm. It enables this hatchback to deliver a maximum mileage in the range of 23.08 kmpl as per the ARAI certification. All its petrol versions are fitted with a 1.2-litre, DOHC based motor that is capable of developing a superior power of 75bhp along with a peak torque figure of 104Nm. This motor is skilfully coupled with a 5 speed manual transmission, which allows it to deliver a peak mileage of 18.06 kmpl. This refurbished version comes with the same external appearance like its predecessor featuring all the signature cosmetics and design language of the French automaker. It has a hexagonal shaped radiator grille with extensive black accents, which makes it look aggressive. Its cabin is equipped with several important comfort features like a HVAC unit featuring controls on dashboard, power steering, electrically operated windows and many other such aspects. It also features a smart door lock and unlock function, which is its main highlight. This convenience features enables the driver to lock/unlock the car without having to remove the key out of the pocket as its smart access key features proximity sensors that automatically do the duty. This latest version is also equipped with aspects like a rear defogger with timer, lock and unlock sensing ORVMs, dash integrated music system, illuminated engine start/stop button and rear parcel tray.
It is a gift in the compact car segment developed for the Indian market. This hatch possesses everything that is apt for the rapidly growing compact car market and ingrains a dynamic design with boosted features. The front end is much sharper, with its elevated crisply styled dual beam follow me headlights, a hexagonal black colored grille and a typical matte black center section. A chrome lining underlines the grille and logo of the company. The bonnet and tinted windshield both are squeezed in length rendering the sub-compact look. The windscreen is quite large and is equipped with a set of intermittent wipers. The side profile has body colored door mirrors and pull type door handles with green tinted glass on all its windows to mark the side profile. A and C pillars are extremely curvy and sweep a lot towards each other forming a semi-circle on the sides. Then there are other impressive features like the smart access key, which are immensely convenient as it enables the car to be opened and locked by sensors. The neatly carved out wheel arches are equipped with a set of alloy or steel wheels depending on the variant. These are further covered with sturdy tubeless radial tyres. The side profile has a tall appearance and a thick C-pillar. Coming to the rear, it is mostly the same as the outgoing version with curvy and wavy looks. The rear spoiler with a third high mount stop lamp protects the small rear windshield, which has a washer and wiper along with a defogger. The spoiler along with roof antenna helps increase the aerodynamics of the car and thus proves that this model is a sporty mule. The boot seems to be spacious as it can store about 251 litres of luggage and the boot lid has badge with model name written in the center. The D-shaped tail lamps are tall and vertically placed above body color engraved bumpers.
This hatchback series just quantifies to about 970 kgs on the weighing machine. The overall length is about 3805 mm along with a total width of about 1665mm not occupying much space on the road as well as in the parking lots. On the other hand, its diesel versions have an overall height of 1525mm. While the height of its petrol powered variants is a tad more at 1530mm. The wheelbase of this hatchback is 2450mm, which gives ample room inside.
Ed's Take: The cabin space on the Pulse is good and it doesn’t feel cramped. The interior styling is similar to that of the Micra as both are based on the same platform. The centre console now has a piano black finish, which further contributes to the interior styling.
The car maker has given major updates to the interiors of this hatchback sometime back and now it has again refined its color scheme for improved plushness. The cockpit section is equipped with a refurbished central console that has a lot of Piano Black accents. Its dashboard is also done up in a dual tone color scheme featuring a few metallic accents, which makes it look decent. It houses advanced features like an automatic air climate control unit along with a 2-DIN music player and a stylish instrument cluster. It is also integrated with a three spoke leather wrapped steering wheel that is now mounted with multi-functional switches for added convenience. Its internal cabin comes with ample leg along with shoulder space and decent headroom that makes it comfortable for the occupants inside. Furthermore, its driver's seat now has a height adjustable function that provides added convenience. Beside these, it has all the aspects, which are already available in the outgoing trim. On the other hand, this latest version is bestowed with several utility aspects like sun visors, drink holders and accessory power sockets, which certainly adds to the convenience.
This latest model series is equipped with a new set of features including a driver's seat height adjuster, automatic headlamps along with a multi-functional steering wheel, which makes it even desirable in its class. Apart from these, the car maker has retained all other aspects that are present in the outgoing trim. The list includes a proficient air conditioning system with automatic climate control system that keeps the ambiance pleasant. It also has aspects like power windows with driver's side one touch up and down function, folding rear seats, power steering with tilt adjustment, lock/unlock sensing automatic folding ORVMs, green tinted glass, internal release for fuel lid and central locking system. This refurbished version also gets features like follow-me-home headlamps, front door trim pockets, on-board trip computer, engine start/stop function, front cabin lamp with reading light, trunk room lamp, key answer back function, day/night inside rear view mirror, bottle holders, three assist grips, dual front vanity mirror with lid and a 12V power outlet.
Although, there are minor tweaks given to the cabin, the space inside remains same as its outgoing version. It has an ample cabin space along with a massive boot compartment that has 251 litre of storage capacity. The company has built it with a large wheelbase of 2450mm that helps to create a better leg space inside.
Ed's Take: The acceleration of the Renault Pulse is good and both the engines have linear power delivery.
The diesel variants are fitted with a 1.5-litre, four cylinder, K9K diesel motor, which is is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. It allows the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph mark in 14.5 seconds and it can attain a top speed of 160 Kmph. The petrol variants, which are equipped with a 1.2-litre mill takes about 15 to 16 seconds to cross the 100 Kmph speed barrier. At the same time, then can zoom towards a top speed of about 140 to 145 kmph.
Ed's Take: The 65bhp diesel and 75bhp petrol engines aren’t just good on paper, but even have good performance.
There are no changes done to the engines of this 2015 version. This hatchback series can be chose from the same K9K (diesel) and XH5 (petrol) engines that rank among the best-in-class powertrain's in terms of fuel consumption and performance. The K9K engine with common rail diesel injection has been proven highly popular not just in India, but around the world. The petrol powered version comes with 3-cylinders, In-line along with a dual overhead camshaft based configuration with 12-valves. It can displace a total of 1198cc. Whereas, the diesel models have a displacement of 1461cc. The petrol mill yields about 75bhp of peak power at 6000rpm with a torque figure of 104Nm at 4000rpm. Coming to the 1.5-litre, dCi engine, it generates 63.1bhp power at 4000rpm with 160Nm at 2000rpm. Both the petrol and diesel engines are mated with 5 speed manual transmission and has a fuel tank capacity of 41 liters.
Ed's Take: The Pulse gets Renault’s most frugal K9K diesel mill, which is one of the most fuel-efficient oil burners.
The company has made no changes to the technical specifications of any of its engines, which means, the fuel efficiency remains to be the same. Its K9K diesel engine is integrated with a common rail direct fuel injection technology. This mighty engine claims to deliver an excellent mileage of 23.08 kmpl on highways, which comes down on city roads. The 1.2-litre petrol motor is incorporated with an electronic fuel injection control system that result in a mileage above average. It has the efficiency of delivering 14kmpl in city, which goes up to a maximum of 18kmpl on highway.
Ed's Take: The power produced by the petrol and diesel versions of the Pulse are good. The 1.2-litre petrol has low friction improving the engine life.
The 4-cylinder, in-line, K9K diesel engine has a total displacement capacity of 1461cc. It has the ability to generate a maximum power of 63.12bhp and delivers a peak torque of 160Nm. On the other hand, its petrol engine comprises of 3-cylinders, which displaces 1198cc. This DOHC based petrol engine churns out a maximum power 75bhp along with a hammering torque of 104Nm.
Ed's Take: The accessories list on the Pulse is long as it gets keyless entry, start stop button, electrically folding ORVMs and in-built music system with Bluetooth, aux and USB connectivity.
This updated version sports an advanced 2-DIN music system that features an MP3/CD player and offers a USB socket. In addition to these, the car maker is also offering an AUX-In socket along with Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio streaming, which keeps the occupants entertained.
Ed's Take: The Pulse has been tuned for better ride, hence the handling isn’t as good as a European competitor.
The car maker is offering this hatch with front ventilated disc and rear drum brakes, which delivers a reliable performance irrespective of road conditions. It also sports a highly responsive power steering system with a turning radius of just 4.65 meters, which reduces the efforts required by the driver, especially on congested roads. Its front axle is fitted with McPherson Strut, while its rear axle is equipped with torsion beam type forks that not only allows a comfortable drive, but also support the stability of this vehicle on any road condition.
Ed's Take: The safety features on the Pulse include airbags and ABS.
This modified hatchback comes with sophisticated safety aspects like dual front airbags, fog lamps, seat belts, anti-pinch safety function for driver side window, child proof rear door locks, engine immobilizer, head restraints for front and rear seats, high-mount stop lamp and speed sensing auto door locks. All these features certainly offer enhanced protection to all the occupants sitting inside.
The base and mid range variants come equipped with a set of 14 inch steel wheels that are covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 165/70 R14. While the high-end variant sports a set of stylish 15 inch alloy wheels that are covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 173/60 R15, which provides a superior grip on the road.
1. Attractive exteriors are an advantage.
2. Added comfort features are rather impressive.
3. Diesel engine mileage is quite competitive.
4. Initial cost of ownership is reasonable.
5. Petrol engine pick up is good.
1. Diesel engine NVH levels can be minimized.
2. Boot space is slightly congested.
3. Ground clearance is not up to the mark.
4. Fuel economy of petrol trim is poor.
5. After sales service network needs to improve.
|RxL ABS |
|Petrol RxL |