Report: Next-Generation Mercedes C-Class to Get Renault’s 130PS 1.6-liter Diesel Engine

It looks like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Citan won’t be the only models from Stuttgart to get a diesel engine from Renault. A new reports says Renault’s new 130PS 1.6-liter four-cylinder common rail turbodiesel engine will find its way into the next Mercedes-Benz C-Class, following the introduction of the 1.5 dCi on the A180 CDI BlueEfficiency and Citan small van.

According to French newspaper Les Echos, Renault will announce shortly that it has reached an agreement with Mercedes-Benz to supply its new engine for the next-generation C-Class and Vito models, scheduled to launch in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Likely to be called the C200 CDI, the Renault-powered Mercedes will arrive in European dealerships in 2015 at the earliest.

Currently offered on models such as the Renault Mégane, Fluence, Scénic and the Nissan Qashqai, the 1.6-liter engine will undergo some modifications in order to be installed longitudinally in the C-Class’ engine bay and may even receive a slight power increase. The unit will be linked to a manual or automatic gearbox sending power to the rear wheels. The Renault engine will only equip entry-level C-Class models, with upscale versions to get larger powerplants developed by Mercedes-Benz. In its current state, the 1.6-liter dCi Energy 130 develops 130 PS (129 hp) at 4,000 rpm and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque at 1,750 rpm. On the Fluence sedan, the engine delivers a fuel economy of 4,6 l/100 km (51.1 US mpg).

Renault-Nissan currently supplies Daimler with the 110hp 1.5-liter diesel engine which powers the A-Class and the Citan small van (essentially a rebadged Kangoo).

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler are also jointly developing the next generation Twingo and Smart, which will use a common platform and engines. According to the report, the Mercedes deal could push the output of Renault’s engine plant in Cléon to 100,000 1.6-liter diesel units at the end of 2015.

By Dan Mihalascu

Story References: Les Echos via Leftlane



  • Fishlips

    Yeah, my N47 engine in my 3 series has the timing chain issue which could destroy the engine any minute, I have just ordered a Qashqai with the 1.6 dci. But then I am not a pompous snob like some.

  • Fishlips

    My 3 series has been the best car ever, but it has the timing chain issue, and is expensive and lacks equipment. I spent weeks trying to decide what to replace it with. After I had parked the ‘snob’ consideration of the many I ordered a Nissan Qashqai. Yes, I got sneers and derogatory comments from work colleges. But you know what, I have no need to compensate for lacking in other areas, I don’t need to spend time measuring my penis. Since then I feel liberated from the shackles of materialism. And much like the opinions of my work colleagues, I could not give a flying Monkey’s about yours. The 1.6 dci is a great engine.

  • Fishlips

    It is a Renault engine.

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