The Chevrolet Impala is entering its final year of production.
The Chevrolet Impala is being discontinued after the 2020 model year. But rather than launching a special final edition commemorating the sedan's production or slashing prices, Chevrolet is increasing the price of the Impala for its final year on sale.
According to a leaked order guide obtained by CarsDirect, the entry-level LS trim has been axed, which has a 2.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. This means the only two options available will be the V6-powered LT and Premier trims. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine will also no longer be available for the LT trim Consequently, the base price for the 2020 Chevrolet Impala will increase to $32,495– that's $3,600 more than last year's lowest MSRP of $28,895.
At $32,495 with destination, the 2020 Impala LT is just $5 more than a 2019 Impala LT with the V6 engine. The Premier trim, on the other hand, remains unchanged and will start at $37,595. This will make the Impala $2,000 more expensive than the cheapest 2019 Buick LaCrosse, which starts at $30,495.
While it may seem like a strange strategy to scrap the cheapest model if the aim is to increase sales, the entry-level LS is the worst-selling trim. A Chevrolet spokesperson revealed that the LT and Premier grades make up around 90 percent of the Impala's sales.
Like last year's model, the 2020 Impala's 3.6-liter V6 delivers 305 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2020 Impala is currently on sale at dealers nationwide but you better act fast if you want one because the family sedan will finish production in January 2020. It's one of several sedans General Motors is killing off due to America's appetite for trucks, crossovers, and SUVs, including the Chevrolet Volt, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Cruze, and Cadillac XTS.