Renault has presented a new turbocharged petrol engine displacing 1.3 litres at the Geneva Motor Show.
The new TCe engine, co-developed by the Alliance (Renault and Nissan) and Daimler, incorporates the latest innovations, including Mirror Bore Coating - a friction reducing technology for the cylinder walls first seen in the Nissan GT-R VR38DETT V6 engine.
The fuel pressure in the direct injection system has also increased to 250 bar to achieve maximum performance from the new special combustion chamber design. The exhaust valves now feature variable timing, which results in higher torque at lower engine revs with more ample, consistent torque delivery at higher engine speeds for a significant improvement in driving enjoyment.
Power outputs for the new 1.3-litre turbocharged engine are 150 hp and 250 Nm of torque from 1,600 rpm to 3,250 rpm. Compared to the Captur 120 TCe currently on sale, that is a significant 30 hp and 60 Nm increase in output. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are expected to be lower in the new engine.
Philippe Brunet, VP Powertrain and Electric Vehicle Engineering for the Alliance commented, “Our new petrol engine harnesses the expertise of the engineers that work for Groupe Renault, the Alliance and our partner Daimler. It meets the high quality standards of both the Alliance and Daimler and was submitted to more than 40,000 hours of testing and simulation running. It has a global calling and will be manufactured in five plants to the tune of around one million units annually in the future.”
Renault will also fit the new engine in the Renault Scenic. Under the bonnet of the compact MPV, the engine will be available in a choice of four power outputs (115, 130, 140, and 160 hp), an increase of 30 hp compared to its predecessor. Peak torque stands at 270 Nm, up 65 Nm from the previous unit’s figure of 205 Nm.