Renault has introduced a fancy new 1.3-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine that it has developed in conjunction with Mercedes.
At first the engine will be rolled out on the Scenic and Grand Scenic MPV ranges, before being installed in the rest of the Renault range.
Prices for Scenics equipped with the new engine will start at £22,005 with Energy TCe 113bhp and TCe 138bhp outputs available when order books open on 1 January 2018. Initially deliveries are slated to begin in February.
Renault says that the new engine offers increased torque at low revs and better torque at high revs, all while reducing CO2 emissions. Renault says the new unit will deliver a ‘significant improvement in driving pleasure’.
The new 1.3-litre petrol engine – will be offered with both manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions, incorporates several engine innovations including bore spray coating which improves efficiency by reducing friction and optimising heat transfer, a more highly pressurised fuel injection system and a newly designed combustion chamber that optimises the fuel-air mix. There’s also new dual variable timing camshaft technology that controls the intake and exhaust valves according to the engine load.
The engine has a CO2 output of just 122g/km (125g/km for Grand Scenic) and achieves 52.3mpg on a combined cycle (51.4mpg for Grand Scenic). The 138bhp variant produces 177lb ft of torque at 1,600rpm, while the 113bhp variant – only available with a manual gearbox – produces 162lb ft of torque at 1,600rpm.
The Scenic and Grand Scenic are the first Renault models to be introduced with the new engine, which is being built at the Renault factory in Valladolid, Spain. Other models will follow, and the Scenic range will still be available with other engine options – including three diesels with the bottom-of-the-range ‘dCi 110’ also available with a hybrid assist system that makes use of a 10kW electric motor powered by a 48V battery system.