• Jul 30th 2006 at 12:20PM
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UPDATE: It's been confirmed from about a half dozen sources that this is not the next Impala, which won't be on its way until the end of the decade and will likely be riding on a rear-wheel drive Zeta platform(!), but rather the next Malibu.
Our friends at Winding Road have new spy photos of what appears to be the next Chevy Impala. The telltale bowtie is visible under the checkerboard tape on the car's nose, and the the body seems be the right size (Winding Road's photo gallery bears this out). The bold-looking grille recalls the 2003 SS Concept -- a good thing -- and round taillamps peek through the masking in back (though that doesn't necessarily mean that's what the final lamps will look like.) The car is even a confirmed front-driver that's likely riding on the General's veteran G-body platform, which is evident from the kinked C-pillar shared with the Buick Lucerne.

If this is indeed the new Impala, it looks like the General managed to inject some real style into the car's look.

Editor's note: The current Impala was refreshed for the 2006 model year, and despite its lack of stimulating style has enjoyed favorable reviews from critics and better-than-decent sales. Last month the current model sold 30,716 units, an 85.3-percent improvement over the prior year and enough to make it Chevy's best selling passenger car for the month over the econo-Cobalt. If these spy shots are of the next Impala, the current model may not be around much longer to enjoy its success.

[Source: Winding Road]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      As for the 30,000-per-month figure - does that include fleet sales?????
      • 9 Years Ago
      Its like buying a japanese car, except the price will depreciate like mad in a couple years, the electronics will all burn out, and the interior will feel cheap and nasty. Two of my neighbor's 1999 Malibu's windows have both stuck up from the power window mechanics failing.

      Everytime Chevy tries to take on Honda, Toyota, Nissan on in what they do best, they just get kicked in the face. I'm all for supporting domestic brands, but how can you seriously consider buying from a Chevrolet? When was the last time you saw somebody driving a Monte Carlo on the road, considering it hasn't been updated in SEVEN YEARS with another two to go on the platform, which is absolutely unacceptible. I never see them around California, but maybe NASCAR idiots buy them, who knows.
      • 9 Years Ago
      To #17 ya that sure looks like a power plug. But I highly doubt that this is a plug in hybrid. Nearly every car in Canada has a plug sticking out the front grill. We use it for the block heater.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is the Malibu. It is near the same size as the present Impala since the sedan will be based on the Malbu Max platform.

      Also the new Impala will have a lot more 60's highlights in it when we see it. Think 1967.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I don't know if anyone noticed but that plug in the front appears to be a power cord. I mean I originally just thought it was some kinda of diagnostic plug hanging down, but upon second inspection it looks a lot like a power plug. Could this be some kinda of plug in hybrid? If so GM might actually be ahead of the game for once.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Its the Malibu. Impala is going RWD.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That is a Malibu! Compare it and you'll see the lines flow with the current Malibu and not the Implala at all. So heres your 08 Malibu without a doubt.
      • 9 Years Ago
      this is absolutely the 2008 malibu due to hit dealers late 2007 and is front wheel drive ! makes ya wonder if autoblog checks anything out ?????
      • 9 Years Ago
      They say it's FWD. Then what's that blueish smoke coming from the rear tire's.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "In short, this car would appear to be a shortened Lucerne with different sheetmetal. If this is the final shape of the Impala, it strikes me as too similar to the Lucerne. Surely Lutz wouldn't make that mistake, so what's going on?"

      Well...its not the Impala for starters. This '08 Malibu rides on the Epsilon platform (most likely the extended version of Epsilon) and Lucernce rides on the G body platform. A more appropriate comparison to this '08 Malibu would be the Saturn Aura as they are riding on the same platform. The sheetmetal does also look fairly similar to the Aura.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Malibu will actually be on the Epislon II platform. If the Impala is going to rwd, then it wouldn't be a surprise the the Malibu grows to fill the void for a larger fwd offering. It's the 'Bu.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Chris @ 14:

      I took a closer look at the photos, and it seems like the car is based upon the Lucerne but has some subtle diffences. The rear door and rear overhang seem to be shorter, and the door handles and character line a bit higher than on the Lucerne. The arc of the back door frame looks a bit more rounded than the Lucerne's dog-leg shape (and apparently abandons the Impala's six-window design). However, the basic themes are quite similar, e.g., the roofline arc and the upper lip on the trunk lid. The front door frames and windshield appear to be identical.

      In short, this car would appear to be a shortened Lucerne with different sheetmetal. If this is the final shape of the Impala, it strikes me as too similar to the Lucerne. Surely Lutz wouldn't make that mistake, so what's going on?
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