China has played an important role in the commercial deployment of the current fourth-generation Chevy Tracker, after the crossover made its world debut in April 2019 at the Shanghai Motor Show and shortly thereafter went on sale for the first time in the Chinese market. Now, a new 1.5L engine is now available in the locally manufactured Tracker.
The Chinese authorities have just leaked an official statement from SAIC-GM for the 2022 Chevy Tracker, which shows revealing that the Chevrolet subcompact crossover’s third model year in the Chinese market receives a new 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The latter is significantly more powerful than existing GEM platform-based Tracker engines, both domestically and globally.
According to the leak, the Chinese-market 2022 Chevy Tracker’s new turbocharged 1.5L engine bears RPO code LJV and certifies an output of 132 kilowatts, equivalent to 177 horsepower. The engine, which would be a derivative variant of the all-new 1.5T mill that GM debuted with the 2022 Buick Verano Pro, will establish itself as the vehicle’s new top-of-the-line powertrain in the Redline trim level.
The Chevy Tracker is currently marketed internationally with a trio of three-cylinder engine options. The entry-level block, available in both the model manufactured at the SAIC-GM Norsom plant in China and the Latin American version at the GM São Caetano do Sul plant in Brazil, is the turbocharged 1.0L I-3 that develops at 116 horsepower.
The turbocharged 1.2L I-3 engine exclusive to the Chevy Tracker variant manufactured in the Brazilian plant produces an output of 133 horsepower. Meanwhile, the most powerful option to date is the 162-horsepower turbocharged 1.3L I-3 only offered in China. The new 1.5L I-4 engine will replace the latter in the Chinese market with an additional 15 horsepower, keeping three engine options globally.
The 2022 Chevy Tracker with the new turbocharged 1.5L engine is due to launch early next year in China, where the subcompact crossover will keep exactly the same design, and an RS version is expected to be introduced as a new range-topping option above the current LTs and the Redline. At least for now, the new and more powerful engine is not expected to be offered in the Chevy Tracker made in Brazil.