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With 64.2 mpg and 115 g/km CO2, the Renault Scénic is now the UK’s most economical MPV, in both five- and seven-seat form, thanks to the introduction of a new 1.6-litre diesel engine.

Following its world debut at the Paris Motor Show last autumn, Renault is now opening ordering for its new state-of-the-art 1.6-litre 130hp ‘Energy’ diesel engine. Initially available on Dynamique TomTom versions of Scénic and Grand Scénic, pricing starts at £20,900.

In the five- and seven-seat versions of the Scénic family, the Energy dCi 130 offers the lowest emissions and best fuel economy and performance of any MPV powered by a similar-sized engine in the UK.

Compared to the former 1.9-litre diesel with the same power, the new model has CO2 emissions slashed by more than a fifth, from 149 to 115 g/km. In the process, its BIK rating drops from 21% to 13%, with no VED (down to Band C from F, saving £125) in the first year, and £95 in subsequent years. Its combined fuel economy is 64.2 mpg, an increase of a quarter.

The latest powerplant addition builds on the success of the company’s current turbocharged TCe (Turbo Control Efficiency) petrol engine line-up. In recent years this has witnessed the 1.2 TCe 100 replacing the 1.4 16V 98, and the arrival of the 1.4 TCe 130. The Energy range is set to expand even further in the next 18 months, with the arrival of three-cylinder modular petrol engines, as shown by the 110hp 900cc engine concept in the R-Space Concept in Switzerland recently.

The new Energy dCi 130 results in the Scénic managing 0 to 62 mph in 10.3 seconds and a top speed of 121 mph. It has torque of 320Nm from 1,750rpm, an increase of 20Nm on the former 1.9-litre diesel with the same power, together with peak power of 130hp at 4,000 rpm.

The 1.6 dCi 130 features the use of EGR and Stop&Start technology.

The dCi 130 engine complies with Euro5 emissions legislation and is Euro6 ready. It is covered by 15 Renault patents and is poised to become the core-range powerplant for C-segment models, notably the Mégane family in the future. It will also feature in Renault’s D-segment and van line-ups.

This project was developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which means this engine will also power Nissan models. It is also covered by the strategic cooperation agreement signed by the Alliance and Daimler.

This engine will be manufactured in France at Renault’s Cléon plant which is acclaimed for its production expertise in the field of technologically-advanced diesel engines (notably the V6 dCi, 2.0 dCi and the new 2.3 dCi which powers the Master van).

The new Energy dCi 130 is available to order now on Scénic and Grand Scénic Dynamique TomTom versions, priced £20,900 and £22,200. First deliveries are expected in July 2011.