IAB Report – Renault announces 1.6-liter diesel engine with 25% better mileage

Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 - 1:37pm IST

Renault has announced an all-new diesel engine which promises 25 percent improvement in fuel consumption over a similar engine. The Renault Energy dCi 160 is the first engine from the French carmaker to benefit from twin-turbocharging.

This 1,598 cc diesel engine produces 160 hp and 380 Nm of torque, which, according to Renault, is in the league of 2-liter engines in terms of performance. Thanks to the twin-turbos, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions face reductions of 25 percent, says Renault.

Renault 1.6 Energy Twin-Turbo diesel engine press shot
The new engine benefits from twin-turbocharging.

Speaking about the turbochargers, Renault says that the first turbo is a “very low inertia” turbo providing high low-end torque for pull-away and mid-range acceleration. About 90 percent of the 380 Nm of torque is available from 1,500 rpm thanks to this turbo.

The second turbocharger works at higher engine speeds and produces as much as 100 hp per liter of displacement. Thanks to these twin-turbos, the engine is always at its optimum efficiency, which in turn results in better fuel efficiency and emissions, says Renault.

Renault says that this engine will find application in its D- and E-segment models. In India, this engine could be an ideal fit for the Koleos SUV, which otherwise uses a 2.0-liter diesel engine. Renault may also extend this engine to Mercedes-Benz, which could use it to power the base models of the new C and E Class.

Renault 1.6-liter Twin-Turbo Engine – Press Release

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2 thoughts on “IAB Report – Renault announces 1.6-liter diesel engine with 25% better mileage

  1. Hemant says:

    Put it in the Duster!! It needs it badly….its got a horrible tuned engine.
    And BTW….
    Who is buying the Koleos or Fluence??

  2. Raja says:

    Fantastic! Renault are one of the best diesel engine manufacturers, a fact which is now acknowledged by no less than the diesel engine pioneers (Mercedes-Benz) themselves.

    The Renault diesels, especially the torquey & efficient K9K powering a wide variety of vehicles of several makes, have proven themselves to be ideally suited to India.

    This high-tech twin-turbo engine is likely to power only the Rs. 10 lakh-plus cars from Renault (& possibly Nissan) in India. The Koleos is an ideal candidate. Renault would also do well to plonk this engine in the Fluence sedan, turning it into a throuroughbred. With its superb suspension and fabulous design language, it would be a better all-rounder than the Cruze, Octavia, Jetta, new Corolla and the segment leader Elantra.


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