We previously reported production of the Chevrolet Impala would officially cease on February 28th, 2020, but the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant appears to be operating slightly ahead of schedule, as the final example of the full-size sedan came rolling off the line earlier this morning.
It’s not clear what trim the final Chevrolet Impala is, nor what options it is equipped with, but Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ Detroit published a photo of the vehicle as it approached the end of the assembly line. To our eye, this looks to be a Premier trim level, based on the chrome door handles, lower grille and headlight bezels. It also features a Cajun Red Tintcoat exterior with what appears to be a Jet Black interior. The only engine offered in the Impala Premier is a 3.6L LFX V6, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and FWD.
This Cajun Red sedan may end up being the last Chevrolet Impala ever built. GM has no known plans for a next-generation version of the sedan, with the automaker shifting away from passenger cars to place more focus on crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks. It is also investing heavily in future electric vehicle programs, such as those based on its new BEV3 and BT1 EV platforms, leaving fewer resources for new passenger car programs. It’s not likely the Impala name will be used on a future GM EV, either, as it is often associated with classic GM offerings, having first gone into production in 1958.
That said, the Impala has been brought back from the dead not once, but twice before. It went on a rather lengthy hiatus between 1985 and 1994 and was not offered between 1996 and 2000, either. All hope is not lost for the storied GM nameplate, then, but the future certainly isn’t looking bright.
As we’ve pointed out in the past, sales of the current, tenth-generation Chevrolet Impala have been in decline every year since its 2014 introduction. Sales of the sedan were the highest in its first model year, reaching a very respectable 140,280 units in 2014, but have steadily tapered off every year since. GM sold just 44,978 new Impalas in 2019.
Detroit-Hamtramck will now undergo a major transformation, with the Metro Detroit facility slated to become GM’s first dedicated electric vehicle plant. It will build the new Cruise Origin autonomous shuttle and GMC Hummer EV and is expected to add more EV programs to its roster in the future – including the new electric Cadillac crossover. GM announced a planned investment of $2.2 billion in Detroit-Hamtramck late last month.