The five-seat Scenic compact MPV and larger, seven-seat Grand Scenic will now be available with a 1.6-litre 130hp diesel engine for its high-spec Dynamique TomTom models.
Prices will start from £20,900 for what Renault calls a ‘state-of-the-art’ engine and Renault says any extra outlay will be recouped because of its strong green credentials.
The engine is designed to replace a larger 1.9-litre unit and as a result CO2 emissions have fallen by 34g/km to 115g/km.
This results in lower road tax in the UK, with savings up to £125 in the first year and £95 in subsequent years.
Fuel costs will also be lowered because fuel economy has been increased to 64.2mpg for the new engine.
Renault has achieved this through adding Stop&Start technology, which turns off the engine when the car is stationary, for example in busy traffic, and instantly turns it back on when the brake is released.
Renault says the new engine is efficient enough to meet Euro5 criteria for all new engines made after 2011, and it can be upgraded to meet 2013 Euro6 criteria as well.
However, the clever part is the effect on power. The Scenic boasts 20Nm more torque (320Nm) and a 0-62mph time of 10.3 seconds. It can go on to reach 121mph, matching the figures posted by the larger, now defunct engine.
Built in France, the engine is now available in the Renault Scenic and Renault Grand Scenic Dynamique TomTom versions. Prices start from £20,900 and £22,200 respectively and Renault promises UK customers will start to take delivery as early as July 2011.
The Scenic range starts from just £12,810 for a petrol model in new Bizu trim level, while the Grand Scenic starts from £19,415 and is available in Dynamique TomTom trim only.