1982: Chevrolet LUV
Like the other Detroit auto companies, Chevrolet initially used a re-badged import stand-in as its gas-crunch-inspired minitruck. GM snagged the Isuzu truck for the job starting in 1972 and called it the LUV (Light Utility Vehicle). It didn’t get a diesel option until 1982, which was also the last year for the LUV. It used a 2.2L Isuzu OHV engine, which was designated LQ7 by GM and C223 by Isuzu. It was naturally aspirated and optional in both the 4x2 or 4x4 models, but only the 4x2 got a 5-speed transmission. This engine was also used in Isuzu-branded trucks and in the S-10 series Chevy trucks that came in ’83.
DISPLACEMENT: 2.2L (136.6 ci) POWER: 58 hp @ 4,300 rpm TORQUE: 93 lb-ft @ 2,200 rpm COMPRESSION RATIO: 21:1 ASPIRATION: Natural
1982 Chevrolet LUV
1982 2.2L LQ7 diesel