Renault’s new 1.3-litre engine borrows technology from the Nissan GT-R


Renault has presented one of the first few outcomes of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance – a new 1.3-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine co-developed with Daimler. The Scenic and Grand Scenic will be the first to receive them followed by other Renault models from 2018.

“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,” said Alliance Global VP – Powertrain & Electric Vehicles, Philippe Brunet.

From left: The previous Grand Scenic and Scenic

The new engine comes in three power levels – the Energy TCe 160 engine offers a maximum torque of 270Nm with the EDC gearbox from as low as 1,750 rpm up to 3,700 rpm. The Energy TCe 140 engine produces around 240 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 3,500 rpm.

The Energy TCe 115 on the other hand, available only in manual transmission can produce 220 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm.
The new engine incorporates several Alliance-developed innovations including Bore Spray Coating, a cylinder coating technology taken over from the Nissan GT-R, for reduced friction and improved heat dissipation.

In addition, Dual Variable Timing Camshaft is also introduced – for more torque at low revs, delivered more consistently across the revs.


Pan Eu Jin

Pan Eu Jin

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