As the trend towards making the most out of downsized engines continue, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has introduced a new engine that will power a variety of cars in their respective ranges. This new powertrain, co-developed with Mercedes-Benz, is a turbocharged 1.3-liter unit available in various power outputs.

This isn't the first time the Alliance has collaborated with Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz. Prior to the inclusion of Mitsubishi, Renault-Nissan and Mercedes-Benz collaborated on pickup development and production. The result is the Nissan Navara spawning two derivatives, the Renault Alaska and Mercedes-Benz X-Class. Small, turbocharged engines also power various Renaults and entry-level Mercedes-Benzes.

For the new 1.3-liter series engines, Renault will be the first ones to use it. The French automaker will be putting these in the Scénic and Grand Scénic MPVs starting 2018. From there, it will be progressively introduced to other models in the range with Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi and Nissan following suit. It is likely that the B and C-segment offerings of each company will benefit from the all-new 1.3-liter turbo.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi presents all-new 1.3-liter engine

The new engine can be mated to either an (EDC) 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (above), or a 6-speed manual gearbox (below).

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi presents all-new 1.3-liter engine

There will be three different power outputs available to choose from the motor. It starts with the 115 PS version, whole serving as the mid-spec version is the one with 140 PS. The most powerful tune of the 1.3-liter engine puts out 160 PS. The Alliance stated that their newest engine incorporates several recent innovations, including Bore Spray Coating, a cylinder coating technology from the Nissan GT-R engine. They claim it improves efficiency by reducing friction and optimising heat transfer. That also translates to lower emissions, said the company.