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9th gen LT vs Premier - what is the difference?

Ok, now that I have your attention, let me elaborate on my question. I currently have an 8th Gen Limited LTZ which has pretty much all the nicest standard OEM GM bits from the parts bins (slightly stiffer suspension, larger diameter rims, etc.). I am trying to understand what GM has done with the 9th Gen Impalas in terms of trim levels.

My understanding is that in previous 9th Gen years, what is now called the Premier (2LZ package) was known as the LTZ. name change aside, is the Premier still a LTZ-esque Impala?

I know the Premier comes out of the starting gate with the 3.6 V6 and an overall nicer base package of accessories than the LT and definitely better than the LS. On the 9th Gen Impalas, what do you get on the Premier which is NOT somehow available on a loaded LT? Does the Premier have a stiffer suspension which is not available on the lesser trim levels? Is the transmission gearing more performance-oriented? Different steering ratios?

Hopefully you get where I am going with this. Thanks in advance for your constructive replies.
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For 2019 it looks like the Premier has this over the LT: (Per Chevrolet Web Site)

Lane Departure Warning - Optional / Not Available on LT
Forward Collision Alert - Optional / Not Available on LT
Rear Cross Traffic Alert - Standard / Optional on LT
Infotainment With NAV - Standard / Optional on LT
Memory Seat - Mirror - Steering Wheel - Optional / Not Available on LT
Dual-outlet exhaust with bright tips - Standard / Not Available on LT
HID Headlamps - Standard / Not Available on LT
19" Wheel Standard, 20" Wheel Optional - LT has 18" Wheel Standard, 19" Optional
Bose® Centerpoint® surround sound audio system - Standard / Optional on LT
8-way power front passenger seat - Standard / Optional on LT
Heated Seats - Standard / Oprional on LT
Cooled Seats - Standard / Not Available on LT
Universal Home Remote - Optional / Not Available on LT
Adaptive Braking & Cruise Cruise Control - Optional / Not Available on LT

There are no differences in Engine, Transmission, Suspension, and Steering, they are all the same on Premier & LT. No Different tuning of these items across the line.
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For 2019 it looks like the Premier has this over the LT: (Per Chevrolet Web Site)

Lane Departure Warning - Optional / Not Available on LT
Forward Collision Alert - Optional / Not Available on LT
Rear Cross Traffic Alert - Standard / Optional on LT
Infotainment With NAV - Standard / Optional on LT
Memory Seat - Mirror - Steering Wheel - Optional / Not Available on LT
Dual-outlet exhaust with bright tips - Standard / Not Available on LT
HID Headlamps - Standard / Not Available on LT
19" Wheel Standard, 20" Wheel Optional - LT has 18" Wheel Standard, 19" Optional
Bose® Centerpoint® surround sound audio system - Standard / Optional on LT
8-way power front passenger seat - Standard / Optional on LT
Heated Seats - Standard / Oprional on LT
Cooled Seats - Standard / Not Available on LT
Universal Home Remote - Optional / Not Available on LT
Adaptive Braking & Cruise Cruise Control - Optional / Not Available on LT

There are no differences in Engine, Transmission, Suspension, and Steering, they are all the same on Premier & LT. No Different tuning of these items across the line.
Many thanks for the quick and detailed reply. Interesting....and a little disappointing. Would have been nice to hear the Premier/2LZ would have had more aggressive gearing and/or sportier suspension. I have gotten a little spoiled with the 8th Gen LTZ suspension (stiffer). Sounds like the 9th Gen is all about the accessories but the platform itself remains the same.

Not too sure I see the value in the $6,200.00 MSRP cost differential between the LT and Premier for nanny features (lane departure,
collision alert, adaptive braking), cooled seats, universal home remote, memory seat/mirror/steering wheel, pseudo-dual outlet exhaust, HID headlamps, and 8-way passenger power seat.

Just my impression. Thanks again.
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