Engine GM LE2

The 1.4-liter GM LE2 turbo engine has been assembled at the concern’s Hungarian plant since 2016 and is installed on such popular company models as the Buick Encore, Chevrolet Cruze and Trax. On Opel cars, such a power unit is known under its index B14XFT or D14XFT.

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


Production years since 2016
Displacement, cc 1399
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 150 – 155
Torque output, Nm 240
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 74
Piston stroke, mm 81.3
Compression ratio 10.0
Features ECM
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator Dual CVVT
Turbocharging MHI TD04L
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.0
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Chevrolet Cruze 2018)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 110

The engine was installed on:

  • Buick Encore 1 (GMT165) in 2016 – 2022;
  • Chevrolet Cruze 2 (J400) in 2016 – 2020;
  • Chevrolet Trax 1 (U200) in 2020 – 2022.

Disadvantages of the GM LE2 engine

  • The main problem here is the high requirements for maintenance and fuel quality;
  • On specialized forums, you can already find many cases of piston destruction due to detonation;
  • The timing chain lasts quite a long time and is pulled out only after 200 thousand kilometers;
  • Like all direct injection engines, it suffers from carbon deposits on the intake valves.

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