French auto maker Renault has unveiled a new direct injection 1.3 turbocharged petrol engine, which has been co-developed by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and Daimler. This newly developed petrol engine will now be available on the Scénic and Grand Scénic, and will soon be making its way into the rest of the Renault models from next year. As per Renault, this new petrol engine is capable of offering more torque at low rpm and better and constant availability at high rpm. At the same time, the engine will also be more fuel efficient as well as emit lower CO2 levels.
While speaking on the new petrol engine, the Alliance Global VP of Powertrain & Electric Vehicles, Philippe Brunet said that that the new petrol engine represents all the expertise of the Groupe Renault's engineers, the Alliance and its partner Daimler. The newly developed engine meets the quality standards of the Alliance as well as Daimler, and has been perfected with over 40,000 hours of rigorous testing. As compared against the Energy TCe 130 unit, the new Energy TCe 140 mill has the capability to offer 35 Nm of extra peak torque that is also available across a larger rev range from 1,500 rpm - 3,500 rpm.
The new developed 1.3 liter turbocharged petrol engine will also be offered in a number of max power output options ranging from 115 bhp to 160 bhp, when paired to manual transmission gearboxes and EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission options. Many latest Alliance developed innovations have gone into developing this new petrol mill that is not only more powerful and fuel efficient, but also more environment-friendly as well. Some of the recent innovations which have been incorporated in the new engine include Bore Spray Coating which is a cylinder coating technology from the famous Nissan GT-R motor that enhances the engine’s efficiency by reducing friction and increasing heat transfer. There is also the 'Dual Variable Timing Camshaft' technology, which controls the intake as well as the exhaust valves depending on changing engine loads. These result in the output of more torque at low revs as well as more linear torque availability at high revs.
These technological advancements will offer significant benefits for the companies’ customers by providing improved driving comfort along with enhanced mid-range response, added Brunet.
As the new 1.3L petrol mill has been developed by the Alliance in collaboration with Daimler, the mill can certainly be expected to be used by several models by all the companies in the Alliance, namely Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, and more interestingly by Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz’ parent Daimler being involved in this engine project, we can surely hope to see some of the Mercedes next generation compact models to offer this new engine as an option.
While details regarding which all models from these manufacturers will be utilizing this new motor are scarce, the only certainty at the moment is that the French car maker, Renault is the first one to bring out this engine and will be offering it in all its models in near future.