The Renault-Nissan alliance has just introduced a new gasoline engine, developed jointly with Daimler. It is a block of four cylinders and 1,330 cubic centimeters that is manufactured in the Valladolid plant (Spain) and will offer at least three power levels. It will be premiered first in Scénic and Grand Scénic, with deliveries starting in mid-January.
This new 1.3 Energy TCe gasoline will be available, depending on the version, both with the manual gearbox and with an automatic transmission EDC dual clutch. Of the technology that incorporates the engine emphasizes the coating of cylinders Bore Spray Coating -to reduce frictions and gain efficiency-, inherited directly from the Nissan GT-R.
Other important points of this block is the high pressure of the fuel injection system, 250 bar, the combustion chamber with a design that optimizes the mixture of air and fuel or the variable valve elevation system ‘Dual Variable Timing Camshaft’, which improves the available torque at low turns and facilitates a flatter torque curve.
115, 140 and 160 HP
The Energy TCe range starts with a variant of 115 hp at 4,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 220 Nm from only 1,500 laps. Of course, this access version can only be associated with the six-speed manual gearbox, leaving the seven-speed EDC exclusively for the two most powerful versions.
The other two options are an Energy TCe 140, with 140 HP at 5,000 RPM and 240 Nm from 1,600 revolutions, available in manual and automatic, and the most powerful of all, a TCe 160. This develops 160 HP at 5,500 RPM and 260 Nm from 1,750 turns in the case of the manual variant, and gains 10 Nm of torque (270 Nm) in the automatic version, although the delivery is later: 1,750 RPM.
And what does Daimler look like in all this? Well at the moment we do not know for sure, but the most logical thing would be that this new 1.3 TCe engine ended up being part of the offer of engines of the range of compact Mercedes-Benz, starting with the Mercedes-Benz Class A 2018 that presents in March of next year at the Geneva Motor Show.
As of 2018, this new 1.3 TCe block, with which more than 40,000 hours of testing have already been done, will be extended to the rest of the Renault range.