Engine GM LH7

The 1.6-liter GM LH7 diesel engine was assembled at the plant in Hungary from 2017 to 2019 and installed on such models of the company as the GMC Terrain 2, as well as the Chevrolet Cruze and Equinox. This engine belongs to the GM Medium Diesel family and is known as the B16DTH on Opel models.


Production years 2017-2019
Displacement, cc 1598
Fuel system Common Rail
Power output, hp 136
Torque output, Nm 320
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 79.7
Piston stroke, mm 80.1
Compression ratio 16.0
Features DEF and SCR
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging Borgwarner BV38
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.0
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Chevrolet Equinox 2018)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 160

The engine was installed on:

  • Chevrolet Cruze 2 (J400) in 2017 – 2019;
  • Chevrolet Equinox 3 (D2XX) in 2017 – 2019;
  • Chevrolet Malibu 9 (V400) in 2018 – 2019;
  • Chevrolet Trax 1 (U200) in 2017 – 2019;
  • GMC Terrain 2 (D2XX) in 2017 – 2019.

Disadvantages of the GM LH7 engine

  • This is a modern diesel engine with particulate and SCR filters, as well as urea injection.
  • Therefore, the engine life depends on the quality of service and the fuel used.
  • The weak point of the engine is the short resource of the timing chain, sometimes less than 100,000 km.
  • And since the chain is located on the flywheel side, the replacement is very complicated and expensive.
  • The remaining complaints are related to lubricant leaks or failures during soot burning.

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