The engine, a 1.6-litre unit, will sit between the 1.5- and 2.0-litre engines currently in the Scenic range.
However, it will be the first to use Renault’s ‘Energy’ technology to create one of the most efficient engines available with the Scenic.
Developing 130hp, the new engine uses Start&Stop technology to improve fuel consumption in busy traffic by turning off the engine when the compact people carrier is stationary.
Other technology new to the Scenic range includes regenerative braking and, for the first time in a Renault, Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) – a means of reducing harmful NOx emissions.
With the new engine, the Renault Scenic will boast CO2 emissions of 117g/km and will come with Renault’s environmental eco2 signature.
Designed to replace the less efficient 1.9-litre diesel engine in the range, Renault also plans to introduce the engine to the Renault Megane, bringing emissions down to 120g/km for hatchback versions.
Jean-Pierre Vallaude, Senior Vice-President, Quality, at Renault, said: “Renault has made huge progress in terms of quality over the past ten years or so. Our engines now stand as benchmarks in their segments for reliability, durability and driveability.
"The new Energy dCi 130 unit is the new flagship in Renault’s engine range. I am absolutely convinced that quality will meet the highest standards”.
Renault says the engine can be upgraded when needed to coincide with Euro 5 and Euro 6 emissions regulations. Designed and built in France, production of the engine has now started.
The engine will also appear in Nissan cars as part of the Alliance between the two manufacturers. In total, over 230 Euros has been invested by both car makers to build the new Energy engine.
The Renault Scenic range starts from £12,810 for Bizu entry-level editions. Prices for the Scenic with the new 1.6-litre engine will be announced closer to its launch.