It’s safe to say that the current Chevrolet Impala is an old, yet reliable dog that serves its current place as a very mild mannered full-sized snooze cruiser to the masses and rental car companies. The W-body platform it’s been riding on has been around since 1990 in some form or another, while the current body style has been around since 2006. Needless to say, it’s old. But we know a big change up is coming for the Chevy full-sized sedan, and insiders tell us that we can expect an all-new Impala to make its way to market by 2013 as a 2014 model year.
For those hoping for a rear-wheel-drive Zeta-based Holden Statesman-esque next generation Impala may be disappointed to hear that the next generation model will assume the form of an Epsilon II, front-wheel-drive-based sedan. But that’s not to say that the new Impala will just be a numb reincarnation of the current model, oh no.
Insiders tell us that the new Impala will share the Camaro-inspired design language similar to the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, but with more aggressive and pronounced features. What’s more, the next generation Impala will appeal to both mainstream and enthusiast buyers, hinting at a base model as well as a performance variant (Z-Spec?). Chances are we could see a next generation ECOTEC engine in the base model, with perhaps either a 300+ horsepower 3.6L LFX or twin-turboed 3.0L LF3 V6 engine for the range topper equipped with all-wheel-drive. This would set it up to rival the Ford Taurus SHO in performance, while still appealing to those who couldn’t care less about output.
Whatever other details emerge in the coming months, you can count on GM Authority to be on top of it.