Renault has revealed its Pulse small car that is scheduled for release in India in January 2012.

The third of five vehicles to be launched in India in just over a year, Pulse is designed to appeal to the broadest customer segment, according to Renault. It follows the Fluence and Koleos launched earlier this year.

The five-door hatchback rival for the Maruti Suzuki Swift will get its public debut at the New Delhi Auto Expo in January, where orders will be taken.

The Pulse, which was developed at Renault’s engineering centre in Mumbai, is closely related to the Nissan March/Micra. According to Renault, it will go on sale locally in January and is an ‘upscale’ model.

The standard engine for the Pulse will be a locally-built 1.5-litre turbodiesel. Both car and engines are built in Chennai in the first dedicated Renault-Nissan vehicle manufacturing plant.

By using the same platform as Nissan’s Micra, Renault says it was able to reduce development costs and lead times on the Pulse.