Just a few days ago, we gave you an insight on how many cars the single 1.3 liter Multijet diesel engine powers, elevating this reliable, responsive and frugal diesel motor’s status to something akin to that of a national engine. It seems like the Multijet engine’s got some competition, from the French that is. The Renault K9K diesel engine is another widely used motor that powers a wide range of cars cutting across brands. By the looks of it, this engine might turn out to be top rival to the Fiat 1.3 Multijet due to the sheer numbers of cars that are already using(and will be soon using) this engine.
The first car on which the 1.5 Liter K9K diesel engine made its appearance in India was on the Mahindra-Renault Logan. The 65 Bhp-160 Nm variant, in SOHC and 8 valve guise continues to do duty on the Mahindra Verito sedan. Soon, the floodgates opened for this engine, which is renowned for its minimal turbo lag and high fuel economy. In India, the K9K diesel engine in fixed geometry turbo and variable geometry turbocharger guise is available in three states of tune, 65 Bhp-160Nm, 85 Bhp-200 Nm and 105 Bhp-240 Nm.
Currently, the engine powers the Mahindra Verito, the Nissan Micra, the Nissan Sunny, the Renault Pulse, the Renault Fluence. By the end of 2013, this engine will also make its way into the Renault Duster, the Renault C-segment sedan based on the Sunny, the Nissan Evalia MPV and the Ashok Leyland Stile MPV. So, that makes it a sum total of 10 cars by the end of 2013, which will all be powered by the 1.5 Liter K9K engine. In comparison the 1.3 Liter Fiat Multijet diesel engine will be used in 11 cars by the end of 2012, and if the GM range using various rebranded offshoots of this engine is considered, that number will go up to 15 cars.