In an exclusive article, CarWale.com is reporting that the premium hatchback Renault unveils on the 29th will be branded Pulse. The Renault Pulse uses the 1.2-litre petrol engine and the 1.5-litre diesel engine powering the Micra. The suspension system is same as Micra, the rear leg room, boot space and interior dimensions are also identical.
Time and again IndianAutosBlog.com has reported that the Modus is on validation tests (across 8 different countries for the next generation model) and the next generation Clio, expected to bow in during 2012 is a different car.
Returning to the Pulse, the dashboard interface and steering wheel are redesigned according to this report which adds that the wheelbase and track measurements are Micra dimensions. Renault is expected to price the Pulse above the Micra lending it extra features. The equipment detailed in the Carwale report is identical to the Micra's and there's no unique or first in class feature listed.
Renault will launch the Pulse during Auto Expo 2012 where we will get to see the production-ready version and hear the specifications, variants and prices.
Renault has to price this car sensibly or else it could find the going difficult. A sub-4 lakh rupee starting price is mandatory as Toyota and Honda with higher brand strength and strong presence have recently entered this space. The greatest advantage is the availability of the 1.5L diesel engine that will bring in the numbers.
Renault wants to mark its attendance in this crowding segment and over the years build that up. It is not aiming to sell 6,000 units a month as the dealer network is not very strong at the moment.
[Information Source - CarWale.com]
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