13 February 2001

Delphi Automotive Systems (formerly Lucas) announced it developed and will be supplying a new common rail diesel injection system for a new 1.5 dCi engine to be launched by Renault by the summer of 2001.

In 2000, Renault introduced the 2.2 dCi 16-valve engine for the Espace, and made major improvements for the 120 bhp 1.9 dCi engine for the Laguna II. Renault is continuing development of its turbodiesel engine range and is completing work on the 1.5 dCi. With a capacity of 1,461 cc, it is intended to span the power output range from 65 to 80 bhp, and will be equipped with Delphi’s Multec DCR 1400 common rail diesel system.

The new engine also offers good fuel economy and low greenhouse gas emissions. In a Clio-type vehicle, it allows fuel consumption under 4.5 litres/100 km, thus reducing CO2 emissions.