It seems like there are new diesel engine programs being announced every week these days – with everyone from over-the-road European truck builders to American automotive icons getting in on the act. Today’s new diesel – the Energy dCi 130 – is the latest offspring of the Renault-Nissan alliance.
The new Renault engine develops 130 hp (Energy 130, get it?) and nearly 240 lb-ft of torque from just off idle (1750 rpm) making for a potentially quick, traffic-carving mill. The Energy cDi 130 is also the first Renault-Nissan diesel to incorporate stop/start technology and exceed the EuroV emissions standards.
The new Energy 130 is expected to see duty in Renault’s Scenic and Megane models, initially, where it will deliver something near 50 mpg (4.5 L/100 km). No word yet on when (or if) the engine will appear in a Nissan.