Renault India Private Ltd, the fully owned subsidiary of Renault s.a.s today launched the RENAULT PULSE – its premium offering for the compact car segment in Udaipur today. The PULSE was first unveiled to the media at the end of October last year as a part of the first Indian Formula 1 celebrations by F1 drivers Mark Webber and Karun Chandhok in the presence of Carlos Tavares, COO, Renault s.a.s.

In continuation with Renault India’s commitment to the Indian customers to bring in truly world class automobiles with a touch of French flair, comfort and top notch design the PULSE is expected to raise the bar for the premium segment compact cars with its vast array of features, focus on safety and performance which is both powerful and fuel efficient.

Renault’s introductory product in the Indian market was the Fluence which was launched last year in May followed by the Luxury SUV – the Koleos in September, 2011. Renault India plans to launch a complete portfolio of five new products before the end of 2012.

Speaking to the media Len Curran, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Renault India said “We have come a long way to what we had committed to our Indian customers. The PULSE is a product designed and developed by our India design studio at Mumbai, focusing on the Indian customer’s aspirations, tastes and preferences. We are very optimistic about the performance of Renault’s first mass segment product and expect the PULSE to add a new chapter to Renault’s growth story in India”.

About the PULSE

The PULSE epitomizes Renault’s philosophy of bringing affordable cars with innovative technology and sporty, dynamic design. The PULSE which was designed at the Renault design studio in Mumbai brings in a host of features which are user friendly and innovative.

The PULSE is powered by the Renault K9K diesel engine that ranks among the best-in-class in terms of fuel efficiency and performance. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The Renault K9K diesel engine is manufactured locally at the Renault – Nissan Alliance factory located in Oragadam on the outskirts of Chennai.

The Renault PULSE will be available with the Renault K9K diesel 1.5 dCi engine with maximum power of 64PS@4000rpm and peak torque of 160Nm@2000rpm which is not only fun to drive but delivers one of the best in-class fuel efficiency. (According to ARAI test data the Pulse achieves 23.08 Kmpl)

The PULSE will be on sale in India in two variants, both powered by the K9K diesel engine : the RxL & RxZ. The top of the line variant RxZ offers dual airbags adding to both driver and passenger safety, illuminated engine start/stop button, lock and unlock sensing folding outside rear view mirrors, automatic climate control, smart access key, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, rear defogger with timer, roof spoiler and front fog lamps.

For the RxL variant the driver airbag (which adds a high safety quotient), power steering, front and rear power windows, central locking, air conditioning, integrated audio system, rear wiper and washer, follow-me headlamps come as standard features.

The PULSE is an ideal introduction of the Renault world to the young and aspiring Indian customers looking for a bold, fuel-efficient compact car that is fun to drive in the city as well as on the highways. The PULSE will be available in Pearl White, Metallic Red, Solid Black, Metallic Silver, Metallic Grey and Champagne Gold colours.

The PULSE rides on standard 14 inch wheels for RxL and the top end RxZ gets 15 inch alloy wheels which adds considerably to the handling and the aesthetics of the car. Macpherson struts in the front and coil springs in the rear add stabilty to the ride and gives the car superb driving dynamics.

The Pulse, like the Fluence and the Koleos, is covered under the Renault Complete Care package, which offers 2+2 year/80,000 Km warranty along with other benefits like Concierge services, 24X7 roadside assistance, Navigation assistance, etc.