Renault introduces new turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol engine

New turbocharged direct injection petrol four-cylinder goes on sale across Europe in January with a UK introduction planned for late 2018

Renault has introduced a new turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol engine destined for the Scenic and Grand Scenic MPVs, with three different power outputs available.

The new unit has been developed in partnership with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and Daimler, and is on sale now in those two models in Europe, while the fresh engine will make its way into other Renault badged cars progressively over time.

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The 1.3-litre direct injection four-cylinder engine starts off with 113bhp, with 138bhp and 158bhp variants also on offer. Torque ranges between 220Nm and 270Nm with maximum torque output achieved between 1,500rpm and 3,500rpm. The 113bhp model only comes with a six-speed manual gearbox but the higher output models can be specced with a seven-speed EDC transmission.

Renault had plenty of options and existing cars to obtain technology from thanks to the Alliance and its partnership with Daimler. The Nissan GT-R supercar is said to have helped in the development of the new powertrain, as the GT-R’s engine coating technology was also utilised on the new 1.3-litre Scenic powertrain.

Daimler oversaw the engine’s quality standards along with the Alliance, which conducted 40,000 hours of testing with the new 1.3-litre engine. It’s manufactured at Renault’s Spanish factory in Valladolid 

Both the Scenic and Grand Scenic benefit from improved fuel economy, with the 113bhp and 138bhp engines achieving 52.2mpg (50.4mpg for the Grand Scenic) and 122g/km of CO2 emissions.

Currently, the new engine range is available to order in Europe only while UK customers will have to wait until later on in 2018. Prices for the 113bhp Scenic in France start at €24,700 (£21,500) while the highest spec five-seater MPV comes in at €36,900 (£32,155) for the seven-speed semi-auto 158bhp in Initiale Paris trim. The seven-seater Grand Scenic begins at €25,300 (£22,050) and tops out at €37,500 (£32,680).

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