Renault has introduced a new direct injection turbocharged petrol engine, available in a choice of three power levels, that was developed with the help of their Nissan and Mercedes partners.
The unit will first hit the market next year on Scenic and Grand Scenic models, in TCe 115 manual, plus TCe 140 and TCe 160 manual or EDC automatic form. Later in the year, it will be progressively introduced in other Renault models.
"Compared with the Energy TCe 130, the new Energy TCe 140 delivers 35 Nm additional peak torque which is available across a broader rev band, from 1,500 rpm to 3,500 rpm," said Alliance Global's, Philippe Brunet.
Thanks to several Alliance-developed innovations, the new engine features Bore Spray Coating, a cylinder coating technology from the Nissan GT-R, which is said to improve efficiency by "reducing friction and optimizing heat transfer". It also has increased direct fuel injection pressure and a specific combustion chamber design for improved fuel/air mix.
Renault claims this power unit not only offers more torque at low revs but also more linear torque at high revs, thus increasing driving comfort and offering a better mid-range response, which should aid overtaking maneuvers.