Unfortunately, production of the 2020 Chevrolet Impala is coming to an end in the very near future. Assembly of Chevy’s full-size sedan has already ceased at the now-shuttered GM Oshawa plant in Ontario, while the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant will soon be converted to produce GM electric pickups on the BT1 platform, including those for Chevrolet, GMC and even Hummer. Before the final Impala rolls off the line, Chevy has made a few minor changes and updates to the vehicle. Here’s what’s new for the 2020 Impala.
Arguably the biggest change is the deletion of the LS model (model code 1GX69), which includes 1LS for retail customers and 1FL for fleet customers. This leaves the 2020 Impala with two trim levels: LT and Premier.
Meanwhile, the discontinuation of the LS trim has various repercussions for other elements of the vehicle, which we will discuss in a minute.
On the outside, the 2020 Chevrolet Impala does away with four exterior colors:
- Blue Velvet Metallic
- Nightfall Gray Metallic
- Mosaic Black Metallic
- Pepperdust Metallic
No new colors were added to the lineup. In addition, there are three wheel-related changes, as follows:
- Deletion of 19-inch machined-face aluminum wheels (Q6M)
- Addition of 19-inch aluminum wheels (57M)
- 20-inch aluminum wheels (RQ9) are no longer a free flow option and are now only available through the Premier Confidence Package
Finally, the 2020 Impala deletes the single-outlet exhaust as a result of the LS model deletion.
Inside, two color combinations are deleted, including: Jet Black/Dark Titanium and Jet Black/Light Wheat.
Due to the aforementioned discontinuation of the LS trim, the 2020 Chevrolet Impala also discontinues powertrain elements specific to the trim, including:
- 2.5L I-4 LCV engine
- 6-speed automatic transmission
- 3.23 final drive axle ratio
- 800 cca battery
- Stop-start engine control system
That leaves the 3.6L V-6 LFX engine and six-speed auto as the only powertrain combination.
Finally, the 2020 Chevrolet Impala discontinues four packages, including:
- LT Entertainment Package, which was previously optional on LT models, required the 3.6L V6 engine and included:
- Chevrolet Infotainment System with Navigation
- Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound premium 11-speaker system
- Single-slot CD/MP3 player
- 120-volt power outlet
- Ambient door lighting
- Ambient instrument panel lighting
- LT Leather Package, which was previously optional on LT models, required the 3.6L V6 engine as well as the LT Convenience Package and included leather seating surfaces and front passenger 8-way power seat adjuster.
- Midnight Edition Appearance Package, which was previously available on LT and Premier models and included:
- 19-inch Special Midnight Edition Black-painted pocket wheels
- Front Black Bowtie
- Rear Black Bowtie
- Body-color surround grille
- Rear spoiler
- Pedal cover set
- Sunroof and Spoiler Package, which was previously optional on LT models, required the 3.6L V6 engine and included:
- Power, tilt-sliding sunroof with additional skylight fixed glass aft of the sliding glass, with power sunshade
- Rear spoiler
And that rounds out the changes to the 2020 Chevrolet Impala.
As we mentioned earlier, the model will be discontinued in the near future at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant. Hence, the 2020 model year will be the last of this generation Impala. As it stands, we know of no plans for GM to replace the vehicle with a like product, or reintroduce another model with the Impala nameplate. Of course, those plans can change – but it’s looking like the 2020 Chevrolet Impala could be the last Impala, ever.