Within yesterday’s Wall Street Journal report detailing the Sonic’s cancellation, sources close to the matter also said the Impala is on General Motors’ chopping block. The Impala was last redesigned in 2014 for its tenth-generation and has seen minimal updates since then. Details on a potential eleventh-generation car have been slim.
It’s important to note the sources nearly confirmed the Sonic’s death, while GM brass is still mulling over the Impala’s future. The car still returns rather positive reviews, though passenger car sales continue to slip in favor of crossovers and SUVs. The Chevrolet Malibu has also grown in size to nearly eclipse the Impala’s full-size footprint.
The latest news on the Impala’s potential death follows a report from last July that alleged GM may discontinue numerous passenger cars amid low sales. The nameplates include the Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Volt, Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac CT6. Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen quickly jumped on the report last year and assured the CT6’s future was not under consideration, however, Chevy nor Buick jumped to their passenger cars’ defense.