Sweden-based Scania has introduced a new 16 litre diesel engine that will replace its existing engine of this size. “This is a completely new engine designed from the bottom up,” says Robert Sobocki, senior vice president of Scania Engines. It offers more power than the previous 16 litre engine and for the first time we are able to offer an engine of 1000hp for use in the leisure sector.”

With the announcement of this new high power diesel engine comes news that Scania will be supplying engines to the leisure sector of the market directly through their marine agents. Previously Scania engines in the 13 and 16 litre category had been added as part of the Yanmar range of marine diesels, but that arrangement will be phased out as the new engines are introduced to the Scania range.

Previously Scania has focused its marine production on the workboat and military markets where the high reliability, easy servicing and compact design are the focus of the appeal. Their direct entry into the leisure sector will have its focus on quality rather than on price competitiveness.

In addition to this new engine at the top of their marine range, Scania is planning to add a 9 litre diesel engine in the future, probably towards the end of 2013. This will be based on an updated version of its current truck engine of that size and will enable the company to offer a competitive range in the leisure sector with power outputs from around 250hp to the 1000hp of the new 16 litre.

This new 16 litre engine is a V8 design like its predecessor and is based on a truck engine like all marine diesels these days. The new engine has been developed to meet the latest emission standards demanded by both the IMO, EU and US regulations and along with these high emission standards, Scania is also promising low fuel consumption and easy servicing. The new 16 litre offers 20 per cent more power than the previous version.

Since 2008 Scania has been a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group and is primarily a truck and bus builder. The company produces over 70,000 diesel engines per year with factories in Sweden and Brazil.