The Indian auto market was graced with the Renault Pulse only recently at an introductory price of Rs. 5.77 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). As was expected, prices are now being hiked by about 2%. Renault being new in India has a sparse vehicle portfolio including the premium sedan Fluence, Koleos SUV, and now the Pulse hatchback.
Managing Director, Renault India Pvt Ltd, Marc Nassif had this to say regarding the price hike. “The Pulse has been received very well by our customers and we have received a large number of enquiries from potential customers. The Pulse represents the aspirations and needs of present day customers and comes loaded with features, which provide an extremely good value for money proposition. In the face of rising input cost we have now no option but to pass on a part of the cost to our customers although the Pulse still remains as one of the most competitive in its segment on all features including the price”.
Manufactured at the Renault Nissan alliance plant in Oragadam, the Pulse fits into the company’s philosophy of affordable cars with innovative technology and design. The Pulse hatchback is fitted with a K9K engine and as per ARAI, offers fuel economy of 23.02 kmpl. It’s 1.5 litre dCi (diesel) engine records 64 PS peak power. Variants include the RxL, and high end RxZ that comes fitted with dual airbags for driver and passenger safety. Effective from 8th March 2012 across their 41 dealerships in India, the price hike equates to about Rs. 12,000 more per vehicle.