Engine GM L3A

The 1.5-liter General Motors L3A engine was produced at the concern’s plant from 2015 to 2019 and was installed in the second generation of the Chevrolet Volt hybrid and its Chinese counterpart Buick Velite. After the end of the release, the license was sold to MG for use on its car.

Small Gasoline Engine family: LV7, LE2, L3A, LFV, LSD, LYX.


Production years 2015-2019
Displacement, cc 1490
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 101 – 106
Torque output, Nm 138 – 140
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 74
Piston stroke, mm 86.6
Compression ratio 12.5
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator Dual VVT
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 0W-20
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.0
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Chevrolet Volt 2018)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 108

The engine was installed on:

  • Chevrolet Volt 2 (D2UX) in 2015 – 2019.

Disadvantages of the GM L3A engine

  • This is a very reliable motor and there are very few complaints about it on specialized forums.
  • It should be noted only high requirements for the quality of the fuel used.
  • From bad gasoline, the catalyst is destroyed and its crumbs can get into the cylinders.
  • Like all direct injection engines, it suffers from carbon deposits on the intake valves.
  • The remaining problems are related to electrical glitches and are being treated with new firmware.

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