Engine Geely JLY-4G18

The 1.8-liter 16-valve Geely JLY-4G18 or JL4G18-D engine has been produced since 2007 and is installed on many models of the concern, but is better known for the Emgrand EC7 sedan and X7 crossover. This power unit is essentially a clone of the famous Japanese Toyota 1ZZ-FE engine.

Toyota engine clones: JLC-4G15, JLY-4G15, JLC-4G18, JLY-4G18, JLD-4G20, JLD-4G24.


Production years since 2007
Displacement, cc 1792
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 125 – 133
Torque output, Nm 162 – 172
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 79
Piston stroke, mm 91.5
Compression ratio 9.5 – 10.0
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator VVT at the intake
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.0
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4/5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Geely Emgrand EC7 2015)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 117

The engine was installed on:

  • Geely Emgrand EC7 1 (FE-1) in 2009 – 2016;
  • Geely Emgrand 7 2 (FE-3) since 2014;
  • Geely Emgrand X7 1 (NL-1) in 2011 – 2019;
  • Geely Vision 1 (FC-1) in 2007 – 2013; Vision 2 (SC7) in 2009 – 2017.

Disadvantages of the Geely JLY-4G18 engine

  • This is a reliable unit, but it is often let down by build quality and components;
  • The main problems are related to sensor failures and air leakage due to cracks;
  • Many owners had to replace the timing chain on runs of 100 – 150 thousand km;
  • Closer to 200,000 km, oil scraper rings usually lie and an oil burner appears;
  • Also, this motor is scolded for short-lived supports and the lack of hydraulic lifters.

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