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Third-Gen, Quirky Chevy Lumina Comes Out of the CGI Shadows, Rocks the 'RS' Trim

Look at the Big Detroit Three's family of models in search of sedans. You'll find only the $25k Chevrolet Malibu resting alone in the cars section of the company's online portal, followed by a few premium entries into the field.
Chevy Lumina RS x Audi S8 rendering by jlord8 7 photos
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For example, Buick doesn't have anything of the sort, Ford is also only interested in Mustangs, and Dodge is about to end production of the Charger sedan to make way for the electrified coupe version. Things could be looking better for the full-size Chrysler 300, too, and only Cadillac is also keeping the banner up with the 2024 CT4 and the recently introduced 2025 CT5 (thank God for the CT4-V and CT5-V plus Blackwings).

As such, if you want something affordable rather than expensive or from the full-size class, you are stuck with the ninth-generation Chevy Malibu. But what if that wasn't necessarily the case – at least across the imaginative realm of digital car content creators? Meet Jim, the virtual artist known as jlord8 on social media, who continues to pendulate between resurrecting departed nameplates and old-school car CGI.

Just recently, the pixel master returned to his beloved '454 all the things' series for a digital moment of Geo Storm 454 SS awe. If that's not enough old-school for you, his previous work includes stuff like the Buick Nissan GNX R34 GT-R, the Chevy Corvette Grand Sport Wagon, or the Buick Riviera 'Flower Car' (aka Ute)! However, we are here to resurrect (dearly) departed nameplates, right?

In that case, folks should take a look at his recent work that includes the Buick Park Avenue 'Ultra' modeled after the 2023 Toyota Century sedan (not SUV), the Dodge Aries EV station wagon, the Chevy 'El' Camaro ZL1 Ute, or the Ford Crown Vic plus Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car. Those land yachts are all significant because they share the virtual underpinnings of the Bentley Flying Spur luxury sedan, not just the desire to come back from the nether.

Now, the CGI expert has seemingly switched his digital attention to General Motors for a moment, and the latest big European sedan that fell victim is Audi's S8 limousine. Weirdly enough, it has transformed into the Chevy Equinox x S8 four-door sedan that has a faint aroma of Subaru Legacy but was nonetheless rechristened as the potential impersonator of a third-generation Chevrolet Lumina with 'RS' trim.

Well, right now, it is pretty hard to believe that General Motors would allow Chevrolet to invest in another mid-size sedan when they are preoccupied with their Ultium-based EV revolution that refuses to take flight. Besides, who needs another cheap four-door when they already have the Malibu in the official range?


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Editor's note: Gallery includes additional digital four-door sedan renderings by the same author.

About the author: Aurel Niculescu
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Aurel has aimed high all his life (literally, at 16 he was flying gliders all by himself) so in 2006 he switched careers and got hired as a writer at his favorite magazine. Since then, his work has been published both by print and online outlets, most recently right here, on autoevolution.
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