When the 2020 Chevrolet Impala hits dealers, it will have two major changes. First, it will no longer be offered in the LS trim level. Second, it will also discontinue the current 2.5L inline four-cylinder Ecotec LCV engine option.
Trim Level Changes
The LS trim that’s being discontinued actually offers the 1LS base equipment group for retail customers as well as the 1FL base equipment group for fleet buyers. The changes leave the LT and Premier trim levels as the only remaining trims.
The 2.5L LCV engine that’s being discontinued on the 2020 Chevrolet Impala served as that model’s base powerplant. It offered features such as automatic engine Stop/Start, as well as a single exhaust outlet in the rear. Output for the LCV was rated at 197 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, with a six-speed automatic transmission swapping the cogs. The LCV engine was standard equipment on the Impala LS trim level as well as the LT trim level.
|Standard Engine:||2.5L LCV||2.5L LCV||2.5L LCV||3.6L LFX|
|Available Engine:||3.6L LFX||3.6L LFX||3.6L LFX||-|
Since the 2020 Chevrolet Impala will no longer offer the LCV engine, the 3.6L LFX V6 becomes the only engine available going forward on the two remaining trim levels – LT and Premier. For reference, the LFX produces 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque.
|Standard Engine:||2.5L LCV||3.6L LFX|
The elimination of the LS trim level and LCV engine option for the 2020 Chevrolet Impala precede the outright discontinuation of the Impala as part of GM’s previously-announced closure of the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant. For its part,General Motors painted the decision as part of its ongoing global restructuring efforts. Other models on the chopping block as a result of the decisions include the termination of the Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Cruze, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6 and Cadillac XTS. Of those, it appears that the CT6 will live on, though it’s unclear where production of the full-size luxury sedan will take place.
The current Chevy Impala rides on a Premium version of the GM Epsilon II platform. The same underpinnings were used with the second-generation Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS. The GM E2 platform succeeded Epsilon II, but the Impala was not redeveloped on the new version of the chassis, while the third-generation Buick LaCrosse was.