• Jun 5th 2006 at 8:06AM
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Behold... the 2008 Chevy Impala-- or at least, that's what The Car Connection thinks it is. The mystery vehicle in question sports round rear taillights, a grillw that looks suspiciously like the 2003 Chevy SS concept, and a long wheelbase. TCC makes a good case that the prototype is rear-wheel drive based on its similarity to the Zeta-based Holden Commodore that spy photographers shot tearing around GM's practice tracks. All of this follows the now-conventional wisdom that GM will swap driveline ends with the Impala, which in recent guises has been suffering the ill effects of torque-steer due to massive power increases.

Of course, it helps that with the increasingly common use of technologies like traction control and improved snow tires, rear-wheel drive has once again come into vogue (read: "Thanks, Chrysler 300!").

[Source: The Car Connection]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      The site mentions "relatively short front and rear overhangs" but looking at the profile pic the front wheel still looks pretty close to the cabin.

      If this truly was rwd, shouldnt that front wheel move farther out?

      Either way, I hope its a rwd.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Interesting. There are a lot of different views. First I think JC makes a good point that Chevy has poor quality control although he could use a little tact. Second, the front overhang is rather long, and the wheel base (to my eyes) looks a little short to be RWD but then again stranger thing have happened. Third, The Buick Lucerne is built on the same platform as the VERY sharp Cadillac DTS, so I would not be quick to call this a rebadge; although I do see the resemblance. And lastly, we must not forget that the Saturn Aura has just come out and a Chevy version should be in the works…

      As far as my opinion goes, I think these pics are too far away, and of too poor quality to tell what this car really is. In a perfect world, I would like to see this as the new(er) Malibu, as a full sized Impala on a RWD platform or even just a mid sized Impala on a RWD platform will cause the Chevy ownership to shift and a larger FWD car will be needed to counter balance such a shift.

      If, however; this car does turn out to be an Impala and/or is in fact a Buick Lucerne in Chevy clothing, than I hope to GOD it will only last three years at max. Chevy MUST have a RWD sedan, end of story, and if one is not coming in the near future than Chevy and GM along with it are in fact doomed no matter how good the other brands are doing. This is because Chevy accounts for about 60% of total GM sales. So what is good for Chevy is good for GM.

      In the end only time will tell what happens and I am sure this will not be the last time a camera sees this car running around.
      • 9 Years Ago
      certainly looks fwd to me.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Look at how close the front wheel is to the front door leading edge. FWD, not RWD, for sure.
      • 9 Years Ago
      If they go rear axle drive, do they have any 90 degree V6s other than the 3800 to go with it?

      take out the hack saw and chop two cylinders off the 6.0 LS2 for a nice 300hp regular fuel AFM (nee DOD) V6.
      good for a nice and low hoodline/beltline.
      The opposite of the CTS
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's a toss-up, but these pix (at least to me) show a car with enough front overhang to be FWD. It also looks like it's the size of the Malibu, too. Since the current Malibu hit the showroom ahead of the current Impala, isn't it MORE likely to be replaced in '08?
      C Money
      • 9 Years Ago
      I love my Impala '04, not sure about the '06 model, But i cant wait to see a RWD impala on the streets
      • 9 Years Ago
      And the comments from dumbasses like JC Whitless will still keep coming. Prototypes never look great, but they're still better than Toyotas.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I seem a very striking resemblance to the Buick Lucerne.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wonder what happened with the Chevy SS, I thought it was a really good concept.
      • 9 Years Ago
      If you go here:

      you can see a Zeta mule with a Chevy badge on it, as well as the short wheelbase and long wheel base versions for Holden
      • 9 Years Ago
      If Impala is goign RWD, then I could see the Malibu going larger to fill the gap for larger FWD cars. Since all new Malibu's will be built on the longer wheelbase version of the platform that is basically the Malibu Maxx's platform, this could definately be the next Malibu.
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