GM L platform

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GM L platform
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1994 Chevrolet Beretta Z26
Manufacturer General Motors
Also called L-body
L car
Production 1987–1996
Body and chassis
Class Compact (C) platform
Layout FF layout
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
4-door sedan
5-door hatchback
Vehicles Chevrolet Beretta
Chevrolet Corsica
Pontiac Tempest
Related GM N platform
GM J platform
Engine(s) 122 I4
Quad-4 I4
60° V6
Transmission(s) 3-speed 3T40 automatic
4-speed 4T40-E automatic
4-speed 4T60-E automatic
5-speed Getrag 282 manual
Wheelbase 103.4 in (2,626 mm)
Predecessor GM X platform (FWD)
Successor 2nd generation GM N Platform

The General Motors L platform (commonly called the L-body or L car) was a front-wheel drive compact car automotive platform that was produced from 1987 through 1996.

The L platform was very similar to the GM N platform however the 1st generation N cars were engineered by Oldsmobile while the L cars were engineered by Chevrolet. The L platform used a Twist-beam rear suspension and MacPherson struts in front and featured a 103.4 in (263 cm) wheelbase.

Both platforms were used to replace the GM X platform on which the Citation, among others, were built.

The L car lasted just one generation, with the nameplates being retired and replaced by the GM N platform Chevrolet Malibu.

This platform was the basis for the following vehicles: