Ace of Base: 2020 Chevy Impala LT


Large sedans have been and always will be a favourite around these parts. For those who are new to the audience, simply search for the ‘Panther Love’ tag to see what I’m on about. I’m still recovering from my Lincoln Stockholm Syndrome, by the way.

This full-sized Chevy has so far been resistant to the Ace of Base award, given that it was offered with a miserable 2.5L EcoTec as its base engine. Now, with the model seemingly about to be broomed, the four banger is gone for the 2020 model year, leaving the venerable 3.6L V6 as the entry-level mill.

Before you hammer your keyboards into fine digital dust down in the comments section — yes, I know that’s a 2019 LT shown at the top of this post. For the 2020 model year, Chevy has binned the LS trim for Impala, leaving just the LT and Premier models. We know this thanks not to any official press release but by pawing through the fleet order catalog, a source which is bereft of good product images. Use your imagination.

The V6 was but a $1,000 premium in 2019, leading your author to think that the 2020 Impala pricing structure won’t change a heckuva lot in its remaining time on this earth. The original plan was to cease production this summer but a stay of execution was granted until early in calendar year 2020. Is it a risk to buy a nearly out of production car? If we were talking about Peugeot in 1991, I would say yes. However, the GM dealer network is strong and these cars haven’t been changed since Adam was an oakum picker. Future parts supply shouldn’t be a problem, then.

For 2020, the base LT has the aforementioned 305 horsepower V6 as standard. In what can only be assumed is an effort to use up all the remaining parts in their bin items like color-keyed door handles and heated side view mirrors are included on the LT. Inside, the likes of dual-zone climate control and GM 8-inch jumbotron infotainment screen appear, along with several USB ports. One can no longer select a Sunroof & Spoiler package, however, and four colors have vanished from the options list. Hey, at least they all have twin exhaust tips now.

All LTs now have cloth seats but don’t be surprised to find some weird build combinations as the end of production draws near. Your author toiled at a Ford store when the Taurus was running out its days (the first time) and the sight of a leather-lined, spoiler-bedecked burgandy SEL with a column shift and tape player still keeps him awake to this very day.

As a fan of large cars (*looks at his well-worn Dodge Charger out in the driveway*), I’ve been wanting to include the Impala in this series for some time. The presence of a four-banger prevented that until today. You can bet that dealers will be eager to shift them off their lots in favor of yet another crossover, so chances are high customers will be able to bargain hard.

[Images: Chevrolet]

Not every base model has aced it. The ones which have? They help make the automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments and feel free to eviscerate our selections.

The model above is shown with American options and priced in American Dollars. Your dealer may sell for less.





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