Lumina was formerly one of Chevrolet's volume models, but the end is in sight for this front-wheel-drive sedan. A full-size Impala sedan arrived this year as a roomier addition to the roster, and the midsize Malibu sedan is a newer design, making the Lumina expendable. Production will continue at least until the end of calendar 2000, mainly for fleet sales.
Chevy trims the lineup to a single model and adds several standard features for the final season, including power windows, a rear defogger, cargo net and a cassette player.
The conservatively styled Lumina is 201 inches long, an inch longer than the new Impala, but it has a 107.5-inch wheelbase, 3 inches shorter than the Impala's.
A 60/40-split front bench seat is standard, giving the Lumina seats for six, and front buckets are optional. Leather upholstery, formerly optional on the LS and LTZ models, is no longer available. Unlike several other midsize sedans, the Lumina does not have a folding rear seatback. Trunk capacity is listed as 15.5 cubic feet.
Under the Hood
A 3.1-liter V-6 engine with 175 horsepower and a four-speed automatic transmission comprise the sole powertrain. Anti-lock brakes are optional.