New baby hatchback launched - but for Indian market only

This is the Renault Pulse - a Nissan Micra-based hatchback built solely for the Indian market.

The Pulse sits on the same V platform as the Micra and is sold with the same suspension settings, gearbox and engine range. However, the car's exterior look has been modified: it now has a large arched roof and big cabin, and heavily resculpted nose.

See more pictures of the Renault Pulse

Its launch underlines the significance of the Indian market to Renault: it is the third new car Renault has put on sale in the region in the past six months, after the Fluence and Koleos.

The Pulse will be built at Renault-Nissan’s Chennai plant alongside the Micra and Renault are expected to price it at a slight premium over the Nissan. However, it will be offered with a longer warranty than the Micra.

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