Renault has introduced a new 1.3 litre turbocharged petrol engine, which was co-developed as part of a partnership between the Alliance and Daimler. The mill is currently being offered for the Scenic as well as the Grand Scenic in Europe, and will be progressively introduced in other Renault models from 2018.

The four-cylinder unit features a range of technologies including Bore Spray Coating, a cylinder coating technology from the Nissan GT-R, as well as direct injection and Dual Variable Timing Camshaft, which is said to provide more torque at low revs and more linear torque delivery at higher revs.

Available in three different configurations, the base Energy TCe 115 offers 115 hp at 4,500 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm. Moving up, we arrive at the Energy TCe 140 with 140 hp at 5,000 rpm and 240 Nm from 1,600 rpm.

At the top is the Energy TCe that serves up 160 hp at 5,500 rpm and 260 Nm from 1,750 Nm when paired with a six-speed manual transmission. With an efficient dual-clutch (EDC) automatic transmission, peak torque goes up by 10 Nm, available at 1,800 rpm. While the Energy TCe 115 is mated only to a six-speed manual, all other engine variants can be had with the optional EDC.

Given Daimler’s involvement in the engine, it is likely the next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class could adopt the turbocharged mill. Similarly, Nissan and Mitsubishi models might receive the engine as they are also part of the Alliance.