Developing 130 hp for a capacity of 1.6l, the new engine slots in between the dCi 110 range (also known as 1.5 dCi or K9K) and the dCi 150 to 180 hp (also known as 2.0 dCi or M9R). This new engine is the first in the new generation of “Energy” combustion powertrains. It features a raft of CO2 reducing technologies never before seen at this level of the range, including a stop/start system with regenerative braking. It will be the most efficient diesel engine in its category, with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions that are 20% lower than its predecessor. Renault’s ambition is to mass market this innovative and high quality engine that respects the environment.
The new engine will be built solely at the Cléon site, which is specialized in producing engines of high technical content. It has put in place an innovative industrial plan to ensure a high level of productivity and outstanding quality standards. The new unit is expected to account for around 30% of the site’s total engine output from 2012. The production site currently has a staff strength of about 450 people.