Engine Hyundai-Kia G3LB

1.0-liter 3-cylinder Hyundai G3LB or 1.0 TCI engine was produced from 2012 to 2020 and was installed in compact models such as the Ray or the Morning, the Korean version of the Picanto. The unit is distinguished by a combination of distributed injection with turbocharging, which is rare for this series.

Kappa R3 family: G3LA, G3LB, G3LC, G3LD, G3LE, G3LF.

The engine was installed on:

  • Kia Picanto 2 (TA) in 2015 – 2017; Picanto 3 (JA) in 2017 – 2020;
  • Kia Ray 1 (TAM) in 2012 – 2017.


Production years 2012-2020
Displacement, cc 998
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 106
Torque output, Nm 137
Cylinder block aluminum R3
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 71
Piston stroke, mm 84
Compression ratio 9.5
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator CVVT
Turbocharging yes
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.8
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Kia Ray 2015)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~230 000
Weight, kg 74.2 (without attachments)

Disadvantages of the Kia G3LB engine

  • This is a rare turbo unit for the Korean market and there is little information about its breakdowns;
  • On specialized forums, they mainly complain about noisy work and strong vibrations;
  • Keep the radiators clean, seals tan from overheating and leaks appear;
  • By runs of 100 – 150 thousand km, the timing chain often stretches and requires replacement;
  • The weak points of the motors of this line are the engine mounts and the adsorber valve.

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