Renault Nissan Alliance has announced a new compact Group engine that will apparently benefit all associated brands, including the main pair, plus Dacia, Datsun and Mitsubishi. However, it is unlikely to be used in the Infiniti range, although this has not been ruled out. The new 1.3-litre turbo then, co-developed with alliance partner Daimler (owner of the Mercedes-Benz brand), is said to be more powerful, yet more efficient than its predecessor.


“Our new petrol engine embodies all the expertise of Groupe Renault’s engineers, the Alliance and our partner Daimler. It meets the quality standards of both the Alliance and Daimler, with more than 40 000 hours of testing. Compared with the Energy TCe 130, the new Energy TCe 140 delivers 35Nm additional peak torque which is available across a broader rev band, from 1 500rpm to 3 500rpm,” said Philippe Brunet, Alliance Global VP – Powertrain & Electric Vehicles.


Already the Scénic and Grand Scénic have benefited from the new motor to the following three states of power tune; the Energy TCe 115 (85kW) in manual gearbox, the Energy TCe 140 (103kW) and Energy TCe 160 (118kW) in manual or EDC automatic transmission.

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