Chevrolet Lumina Origins
The Chevrolet Lumina was introduced for model year 1990. A four-door, front-wheel drive sedan was available throughout its production cycle; Chevrolet also offered it as a coupe from 1990 to 1994. There is even a Lumina APV (which means "All Purpose Vehicle") minivan, which saw production from 1990 to 1996. The Chevrolet Lumina’s final consumer cars were produced for model year 1999 (fleet sales continued until 2001).About the Chevrolet Lumina
The Chevrolet Lumina served as a replacement for the Chevrolet Celebrity sedan and the Monte Carlo coupe. It was built on the GM W platform; a platform shared by the Pontiac Grand Prix, Buick Century (after 1996), Buick Regal, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, and Oldsmobile Intrigue.
Chevrolet discontinued the Lumina coupe in 1996 (when the Monte Carlo was re-introduced). The LTZ model of the Lumina sedan was introduced, offering performance and style enhancements in an effort to compete with other manufacturers’ midsize sedans.
The Chevrolet Lumina APV minivan was available in model years 1990 to 1996. Its rustproof composite body panels and futuristic and sporty styling turned heads, commonly referred to as the "Dustbuster" for its swept-back styling that resembled the hand vac. Although it offered a lower and sleeker silhouette than other minivans, it still seated up to seven passengers. The five rear seats were lightweight and individually removable to increase cargo space. Two built-in child seats were accessible by pulling a tab, negating the need for a family to install child booster seats in the back seat (and making it simple to reconfigure the seats to give adults a place to sit).
The 1995 Lumina APV included a power sliding door. This is the first minivan to offer this convenience.
The Lumina APV originally housed a 3.1-liter V-6 engine; a 3.8-liter V-6 engine was offered as an option on later models.
In 1994, APV was dropped from the name; this caused some confusion for consumers, as Chevrolet now produced a car and a minivan with the same name.
A commercial van model, called the Chevrolet APV Cargo, was available without rear seats or glass on the side door. The cargo section of the APV was covered by rubber mats in lieu of carpeting. Third-party vendors offered kits to customize the cargo space for optimum usability.Chevrolet Lumina Features
The 2000 Chevrolet Lumina was a midsize,front-wheel drive sedan equipped with a 3.1-liter, 175 hp V-6 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. In 2000, the sedan was the only body style offered. Standard features included power windows, power steering, power remote side-view mirrors, air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, manual reclining front seats, halogen headlights, intermittent wipers, ignition disable,an audio system that includes an AM/FM audio system with cassette player, a rear defogger, independent front strut suspension with anti-roll bar, front coil springs, independent rear strut suspension with anti-roll bar, rear coil springs, anda cargo net.
The Chevrolet Lumina seated six with the 60/40-split front seat; five occupants fit if you select the optional cloth, front bucket seats. A driver airbag, passenger airbag, and front disc/rear drum brakes were standard safety features.Chevrolet Lumina Evolution
Chevrolet introduced the Lumina to the U.S. market in 1990. During this model year, the Euro coupe was available, as were two engine options: a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder or a 3.1-liter V-6 on the Euro model. The Euro is a sportier model, offering two doors and upgraded features.The same year that the Euro coupe was introduced, the Lumina APV minivan also came into being, offering base and CL models.
In 1991, the Euro coupe was updated to include alloy wheels and a Bose audio system. The Z34 trim level offered sport suspension, a louvered hood, and a 3.4-liter V-6 engine. The Lumina APV also added a CD player as an option for this model year.
By 1992, ABS came standard on Euro and Z34 models. The Lumina APV offered an optional 3.8-liter V-6 engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, 15-inch wheels, and power mirrors.
The 1993 models of the Euro and Z34 came standard with a V-6 engine. The Lumina APV no longer had its CL trim, as the LS trim replaced it. A sunroof was also an available option on this model.
In 1994, Chevrolet discontinued the manual transmission, the Lumina minivan lost APV from its name, and the LS trim began to offer traction control. Keyless entry also became a standard feature in 1994.
The 1995 Lumina was redesigned, resulting in a quieter ride. Its interior had ergonomic improvements. A brake/shift interlock could also be found on the Lumina minivan transmission.
In 1996, Chevrolet discontinued the coupe model, replaced by the reintroduction of the Monte Carlo. The LS trim from this model year offered leather upholstery, a larger engine, and four-wheel disc brakes on the sedan.In addition, the Lumina minivan saw its final year of production in 1996, replaced by the Chevrolet Venture for 1997. The model came equipped with a standard 3.4-liter V-6 engine and an electronically controlled automatic transmission.
All 1997 models have running lamps standard, and some offered a power sunroof. The same year, Chevy introduced the LTZ, featuring greater performance and sportier styling.
In 1998, OnStar available became an option. The 1998 LTZ model came equipped with a 200-horsepower V-6 engine and improved suspension and braking systems. Four-wheel ABS was new on the LTZ. The Lumina sedan was replaced in 2000 by the Chevrolet Impala, although it stayed in Chevy's fleet sales for a few more years.