Engine GM LUV

The GM LUV 1.4-liter turbo engine was produced at the concern’s enterprise from 2010 to 2020 and was installed on American versions of such models as the Chevrolet Sonic, Cruze, Trax and Buick Encore. This power unit is essentially a modification of the LUJ motor with a different block configuration.

The third generation GM Family 0 engine includes: LDC, LDD, LUJ.


Production years 2010-2020
Displacement, cc 1364
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 138 – 140
Torque output, Nm 200
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 73.4
Piston stroke, mm 80.6
Compression ratio 9.5
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator DCVCP
Turbocharging MHI TD025L
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 Trax 2018)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 130

The engine was installed on:

  • Buick Encore 1 (GMT165) in 2012 – 2020;
  • Chevrolet Cruze 1 (J300) in 2010 – 2015;
  • Chevrolet Sonic 1 (T300) in 2011 – 2020;
  • Chevrolet Trax 1 (U200) in 2013 – 2020.

Disadvantages of the GM LUV engine

  • First of all, these turbine units are known for their reduced performance in cold weather;
  • The culprit is the freezing of the PCV valve or the turbine bypass valve;
  • For the same reasons, dealers regularly changed intake manifolds for these engines;
  • If you ignore the problems described above, then the turbine does not serve for a particularly long time;
  • Oil scraper rings here can lie even up to 100,000 km and oil consumption will appear;
  • The owners of the first engines were often faced with the destruction of pistons due to detonation;
  • Weaknesses include the short-lived upper timing chain guide and pump.

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