• Oct 1, 2006
We've featured Chris Pauwels' outstanding work on Autoblog before, and he's at it again, having sketched out what he believes the upcoming Impala will look like when all is said and done. Based on rumors and inside information he and the good folks at TheGMSource.com were able to dig up, Pauwels' sketch shows a lot of new Camaro in the front end, and a rear that features three stacked taillights on each side, à la the '67 model, albeit with a modern twist.

We can also report that Pauwels' sketch is in keeping with information Autoblog has heard from its own sources. Incidentally, we've also heard that there are supposedly two other designs floating around, including one a that depicts more a "straight retro" '67 homage.

If the final car looks anything like Pauwels' sketch, we'll be pleased. A modern sedan with a few retro touches and a Camaro-esque face is something we'd take in a heartbeat.

Head over to TheGMSource.com to see Pauwels' second sketch, which gives his prediction of the view from behind. You can also check out a larger view of the one above.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      djbango, I was just messing around, dont worry about it.

      :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      it could be interested to compare this sketch with the Chevrolet SS concept http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_SS

      I like it but I begin to ponder if this design was "sticked" as a Toyota or Honda? I guess the critics will be less hardful....

      #4 a navigation feature is useful, the only thing that worry is will it turn into an object of inattention like keeping the eye more on the navigation screen then the road?
      • 8 Years Ago
      As much as I dislike the Camry, this wont steal their customers. Maybe 300 owners...but not the Camry owners. And it sure as hell wont steal Honda owners. Try and convince them that American is better and they go ballistic lol. But I wont get into the argument of who is better...the playing field is pretty much level right now...

      I have no problem with FWD vehicles but I think the Impala should go back to RWD. Make it the 300 competitor and make the Malibu the Camry competitor. But I dont think the Impala should just be a four door Camaro...it seems like a lazy effort.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No. 13, No. 4 did not make an Asian slur using the word "chink". He said "the only chink in the armor..". That is a well known cliche' and not offensive to any minority group. It has nothing to do with any ethnic group.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GM Source is usually at least interesting if not always accurate. This IS a study hall sketch of a 4 door Camaro and likely has little to do with anybb impending Chevy rwd sedanb. MT's 11/06 image is I'm guessing closer to Chev's "modern" rwd sedan designs. What I want to see are illustrations of the alleged "retro '67 Impy" alternate designs. Even GM fanblog photochops would be of interest. Any help out there, gang? Any links to any retro '67 Imp graphix? Thanx, and Pontificate On!
      • 8 Years Ago
      If its true, it would have to win back a couple Camry buyers off the design alone, but most of those people still buy the Japanese cars for their all around goodness. Since the reliability is new and improved, the last thing they need to fix is their playground material like interiors. After that, I can't see what excuse anyone would have to not return to GM.
      • 8 Years Ago
      nothing puts me to sleep more than a Camry, and I don't understand why americans don't even give the current Impala consideration....the impala looks better


      Oh yeah, the current Impala is just sooooo much more sexy and seductive than a Camry. Cut the crap. It's a fricken family sedan. No one buys a family sedan based primarily for its looks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      number 4.... um, maybe when talking about asian cars, the word "chink" is not the best word to use.

      as for the car, of course its out of proportion. its a freakin' artist's sketch, not a finalized model.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can't really post on this Impala. I have seen the 2008 Malibu (Las Vegas 9/19/2006). It is nothing close to the depiction in the sketch. While it shares styling ques from the Corvette in the rear the taillights are wrong. Picture the Corvette rear with a jewel taillights mounted on the corner not in the middle of the rear end. This car is stunning. i am sure pics will becoming available soon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      David in PA
      • 8 Years Ago
      "4. nothing puts me to sleep more than a Camry, and I don't understand why americans don't even give the current Impala consideration....the impala looks better,..."

      dj, they don't give it a consideration because it looks cheap, expecially from the inside. I laugh at you people who wonder why so many Americans buy Japanese cars because you say they are boring. Exactly which American sedan is exciting? The Impala? I think not. The Ford Focus? Gimme a break. The Cobolt, 500 or Malibu?? Exactly what advanced design elements do you see in those cars? All pretty boring as well. Americans who buy Japanese do so because they understand that if two similar cars are equally boring, you buy the one with the best reputation and lowest total cost of ownership. Check the 2006 lowest cost of ownership list at Edmunds.com. Not many Fords or Chevy's to be found. Mostly the list is....yep, Japanese cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What's with these vehicles with tiny driver and passenger windows? I feel like I'm in prison when I drive a car like that. Give me window space, dammit.

      Stoneman
      http://www.stonemanautoreview.com
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