Renault introduces 2014 Renault Pulse
Renault has silently updated its Pulse, the 2014 Renault Pulse now features subtle changes which are mostly to its interiors. Thus, the hatchback features a revised dashboard which has directly been picked from the updated 2013 Nissan Micra. To point out this sort of a component sharing between two international brands is only possible due to the global technical tie-up between Renault and Nissan that allows them to do so. In addition to this change, there is also a new colour (Cosmo Blue), which has been added to the existing line-up of paint schemes available on the model. In general, Renault Pulse competes with rivals like Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20, Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo and new Nissan Micra.
Speaking of the changes, the enhanced interiors provide a new piano black finish being given to the central console that makes it look premium and upmarket. The Pulse also addapts a new double din audio unit from the Micra, that features elements such as a USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity. The central AC vents now sport a rectangular design as compared to the circular ones available on the hatch earlier. The vehicle offers new upholstry.
Mechanically, the Pulse is unaltered. The diesel is powered by the same K9K turbo charged (fixed geometry turbo charger) diesel mill churning out 63.12 bhp of maximum power @ 4000rpm and 160Nm of peak torque @ 2000rpm. The same engine is seen on all Renault cars (except the Koleos) but in different state of tune; the Duster features the inter-cooled version of it producing 85PS with the fixed geometry turbo charger while the more powerful 110PS gets the variable geometry turbo charging. While the petrol Pulse is powered by a 1.2 liter 3-cylinder motor, the engine gathers 75bhp @ 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 104Nm @ 4000rpm. Both theese engines are matted to a five speed manual transmission. The 1.5 diesel gets a certified mileage of 23.1kmpl while the 1.2 petrol gets 18.1kmpl.
Apart from the Pulse, Renault is also planning to launch a mid-life facelift of Duster around the festive season. Moreover, the 4x4 version of the Duster is also rumoured to come soon after the launch of the refreshed Duster. Renault is also believed to be working on a sub-4 lakh car to take on the inceasingly competitive A-segment. The company is aggressively looking to increase its market share along with an expansion of dealer network across the country. They recently unveiled the updated Fluence in the market to tackle the spruced-up D-segment. Reportedly, the French automaker will be bringing in an MPV to compete with the growing MPV market in the country having highly successful rivals such as Toyota Innova and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.
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