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New engines, more power, for Gen IV Renault Scénic

  • Renault introduces petrol engine developed with Daimler
  • Driving pleasure ‘significantly improved’, less fuel burn
  • Ready for Scénic and Grand Scénic: three power outputs
2017 RENAULT SCENIC: Generation IV of the now 20-year-old five- and seven-seat SUV range early in new year.
2017 RENAULT SCENIC: Generation IV of the now 20-year-old five- and seven-seat SUV range arrived in showrooms in early 2017. Now it will be available from 2018 with a choice of three new engines. Image: Renault / Newspress.

BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT – Automaker Renault has introduced a new direct-injection 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine co-developed with Daimler for initial introduction in the Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic.

The engines will be added to fourth-generation models, a range introduced in early 2017.

Other Renault vehicles will also get the engine from early 2018 – a unit which, Renault says, “offers significant improvements in driving pleasure, more  torque at low rpm and greater constant availability at high rpm”. It should also reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. 

Philippe Brunet, Alliance Global vice-president for power trains and electric vehicles, told Carman’s Corner in a media release: “The engine embodies all the expertise of Groupe Renault’s engineers, the Alliance and  partner Daimler. It met the quality standards of  the Alliance and Daimler after with more than 40 000 hours of testing.

“Against the Energy TCe 130, the new Energy TCe 140 delivers 35Nm more  torque across a broader rev band – 1500-3500rpm.”

MORE TORQUE AT FEWER REVS

The engines will, through either a manual or dual-clutch auto transmission, variously deliver  86- 120kW, helped by a combustion chamber lubrication coating already used on the Nissan GT-R. Dual variable timing controls  intake and exhaust valves according to engine load.

The result. Renault claims, is more torque at low revs and more-linear torque at high revs.

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The Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic will be first to benefit from the new petrol engine: the Energy TCe 160 engine can make 260Nm (manual gearbox) and 270Nm in the auto. Maximum torque is reached between 1750 and 3700rpm.

Orders in France and Europe are already being accepted for delivery mid-January 2018.

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