Renault-Alliance has announced details of a new engine to replace its 1.2-litre petrol found in cars such as the Megane that will see fuel consumption and CO2 emissions drop.
Developed in conjunction with Daimler, the new 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is making its debut in the new Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic, available early next year in Europe.
It comes in three tunes – TCe 115, 140 and 160 – and can be mated to either a manual or automatic transmission. Power starts at 85kW and 220Nm for the TCe 115, going up to 103kW and 240Nm for the TCe 140 and 120Kw and 260Nm (manual) or 270Nm (auto) for the TCe 160.
The engine is slated to be introduced into more models next year and may make its way to Australia as Renault updates its line-up.
Given the engine is shared with Daimler, which hasn’t made an official announcement yet, there's a chance the engine will find its way into the upcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class range, possibly seeing a larger capacity version powering the new hatch and sedan.
The Renault-Alliance has brought to the table technology from its consortium including the cylinder bore spray coating used in the Nissan GT-R to reduce friction, higher pressure injectors, a different cylinder chamber design and dual variable camshaft timing.
The result is more torque compared to the older 1.2-litre engine which is produced earlier in the rev-range and with a more linear delivery until redline. In the real world, it should equate to better mid-range response and reduced fuel consumption.
“Compared with the Energy TCe 130, the new Energy TCe 140 delivers 35Nm additional peak torque which is available across a broader rev band, from 1,500rpm to 3,500rpm,” said Philippe Brunet, Alliance vice president of powertrain & electric vehicles.
“Our new petrol engine embodies all the expertise of Groupe Renault’s engineers, the Alliance and our partner Daimler. It meets the quality standards of both the Alliance and Daimler, with more than 40,000 hours of testing."
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