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Kadjar is no longer offered as a diesel and Captur and Clio will follow later this year, leaving just Mégane
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15 October 2020

Renault will remove the majority of its diesel engine options in the UK by the end of the year, leaving only the Mégane available to order with diesel power.

As of this week the Kadjar SUV is no longer offered with the 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel. The sole engine option is now a turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol with 138bhp. 

Later in the year, diesel versions of the Captur crossover and Clio supermini will meet the same fate, although both of those cars now offer petrol-electric hybrid powertrains. 

This means the Mégane family hatchback and estate will be Renault's only diesel offerings for UK customers. The engine itself has been overhauled to meet Euro 6d and RDE2 regulations, which substantially reduce the amount of particulate and NOx emissions allowed.

A number of manufacturers have been cutting diesel engine variants from their line-ups across Europe in the past few years, and that has continued during 2020 as the fuel has dropped to just over 20% of the UK market to date.

Just last week, Ford announced that it was dropping diesel versions of the Fiesta, while the Mazda 6 will also be moving to petrol power-only. 

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15 October 2020

For a French manufacturer to almost entirely drop diesel is quite a step but the fact that they're also keeping diesel in one model is odd. They've clearly gone to the trouble of modifying the engine to meet emissions standards so why not offer it in other models to recoup some of that cost? Maybe it's a engineering issue...

15 October 2020
Will86 wrote:

For a French manufacturer to almost entirely drop diesel is quite a step but the fact that they're also keeping diesel in one model is odd. They've clearly gone to the trouble of modifying the engine to meet emissions standards so why not offer it in other models to recoup some of that cost? Maybe it's a engineering issue...

Could be that the Clio simply doesn't have any buyers for the diesel and the Kadgar doesn't sell in big enough numbers to warrant manufacturing the diesel for the UK market.  There are big cost involved in testing every model/engine/spec for emissions and it's likely they are simplifying that process.  The Megane has a reasonable sized fleet market, particularly for diesel estates/tourers.

15 October 2020

maybe theyve a agreement with mercedes to produce so many engines a year etc. Either way renaults choice of ICE engine is dire for non RS models, a 1.3 petrol, in a largeish suv is crazy. You can say what you want about VAG but at least the ICE engine choice is comprehensive, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, V6, petrol, diesel.

Another reason Renault sales are suffering, still at least its diesel bearing the brunt of it

15 October 2020
Can not wait to see it the new electric SUV.
As for Renault dropping diesel its strange but if they are not selling no point trying to push old dirty fuel even if there's were good ones.
Also I see Mitsubishi have revamped the Eclipse Cross and it looks great although I think it has lost something at the rear and prefer it either the split glass tailgate. Unfortunatly it's too little too late I suppose as the way it looks now they might have sold more of them to the conservative brigade.

15 October 2020

I recently drove a Captur 1.5 diesel automatic. It didn't have enough power to overtake anything faster than a fat man on a bicycle. It was dangerous. If you used the box manually, you could not find a rev range that had any torque. If you used kickdown then it just held the revs at 4K and the harshess and straining made you think that it was about to explode.

15 October 2020

So true LucyP,  its exactly why such powertrains are not sold in the USA. We have arguable the opposite problem - excess!

15 October 2020

That 1.5 diesel was a good little engine. We hired a Clio in France with the 1.5 engine. Very economical and quite quiet for a small diesel.

16 October 2020
I have the Kadjat GT-Line 162bhp model and there has been no notifications about it being dropped.
I am looking to renew in a year or so and being kept up-to-date is important to me.
I will never have an electric or plug-in hybrid as I live in an apartment and my landlord will not fit a charging point, plus I do not see the point of plugging in when a fossil-fuel can charge whilst driving.
The answer to electric car charging is passive charging at traffic lights, will cut down on red-light-jumpers and highways with passive charging built-in, this would allow the speed to be governed easier than Speed-Sign-Recognition software that fails with a dirty windscreen!
I could revolutionise the highways with my foresight and ideas. They're just plain commonsense and the infrastructure is already in place.

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