Engine GM L3T

The General Motors L3T 1.3-liter 3-cylinder turbo engine has been assembled in Korea since 2018 and is used in popular models such as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Malibu and Buick Encore GX. There is a separate modification of this power unit for the Opel Astra with the F14SHT index.

E-Turbo family: LIH, L3T.


Production years since 2018
Displacement, cc 1338
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 156 – 163
Torque output, Nm 230 – 240
Cylinder block aluminum R3
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 79
Piston stroke, mm 91
Compression ratio 10.0
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator DCVCP
Turbocharging yes
Recommended engine oil 0W-20
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.5
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 6d
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Chevrolet TrailBlazer 2021)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 107

The engine was installed on:

  • Buick Encore GX 1 (VSS-F) since 2019;
  • Buick LaCrosse 3 (P2XX) since 2019;
  • Chevrolet Malibu 9 (V400) since 2018;
  • Chevrolet Orlando 2 (D2XX) since 2018;
  • Chevrolet Trailblazer 3 (VSS-F) since 2020.

Disadvantages of the GM L3T engine

  • On specialized forums, they complain only about noise, vibrations and malfunctions of the Start-Stop system.
  • Also, owners often scold the capricious EVAP gas vapor recovery system.
  • Due to the presence of direct fuel injection, it suffers from deposits on the intake valves.
  • Like all modern GM turbo engines, intercooler icing occurs here.

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