Engine GM LFV

The 1.5-liter GM LFV turbo engine has been produced at factories in America and China since 2014 and is installed on the popular Chevrolet Malibu, Buick LaCrosse sedans or the Envision crossover. This power unit is also installed on a number of models of the Chinese company MG under the index 1.5 TGI.

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


Production years since 2014
Displacement, cc 1490
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 163 – 169
Torque output, Nm 250
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 74
Piston stroke, mm 86.6
Compression ratio 10.0
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator Dual CVVT
Turbocharging MHI
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.0
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 5/6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Chevrolet Malibu 2019)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 115

The engine was installed on:

  • Chevrolet Malibu 9 (V400) since 2015;
  • Buick Envision 1 (D2XX) since 2014;
  • Buick LaCrosse 3 (P2XX) since 2016.

Disadvantages of the GM LFV engine

  • This turbo engine is very demanding on the quality of the fuel and oil used;
  • Savings often end with detonation and a bursting partition at the piston;
  • There were also many cases of disconnection of the pipe from the throttle assembly;
  • There are many complaints on the specialized forums about the inadequate operation of the start-stop system;
  • Like all direct injection units, the intake valves are overgrown with soot.

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