Renault and Nissan have developed a new generation of powerful and efficient diesel engines, with the first example going into a Renault Laguna priced at £19,130.
The 2.0-litre dCi engine generates 150bhp and is attached to a six-speed manual gearbox. Renault claims it is 12% more efficient that the 2.2-litre diesel engine it replaces. Fuel consumption improves from 43.4mpg to 48.7mpg, while the 0-60mph dash takes 8.9 seconds compared with 9.8.
The new Laguna could prove popular with company drivers, as the new engine produces less CO2, with emissions down to 154g/km and 17% tax. With the entry level model a company driver would pay £59 per month in the lower band, and £107 in the upper. This compares to £82 and £150 for the old car.
The 2.0 dCi range starts at £19,130 for the mid-range Dynamique hatchback, with the Privilege costing £20,180 and the top-spec Initial £22,880. The Sport Tourer estate versions cost £1000 more for an equivalent specification.
This new engine will also appear in the Renault Megane next year, in addition to a high-power 175bhp version for the Laguna.
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