• Feb 7, 2011
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When discussing the current W-body Chevrolet Impala, the phrase "long-in-the tooth" is an understatement. And while Chevrolet's biggest retail sedan was scheduled to get a complete overhaul in 2013, a report from GMInsideNews states that the next Impala has now rescheduled for the 2014 model year.

In an effort to keep the elderly Impala passably fresh until its new Epsilon-based replacement arrives, General Motors is reportedly ready to outfit the big sedan with its 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Both the current 3.5- and 3.9-liter V6 engines have been canned, and because of the W-body architecture, adding a six-speed automatic transmission to the existing engines would not have been feasible.

No other updates are scheduled for the 2012 model year as of this writing, but we're sure that the Impala will continue to be a fleet queen until a more consumer-worthy replacement arrives.



[Sources: GMInsideNews, Motor Authority]


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      John
      • 3 Years Ago
      I own a 2010 Impala LT. (it's doing just fine) If they wait till 2020 to change the body style and put the never ending shift back and forth 6 speed automatic tranny and fins like the 59 Impala on this named car who cares. The trend is not to repeat the past ,but get into the future. I haven't seen much future at GM. I see all the other top manufactures , and the small new ones , going to smaller , electric gas combos , and probably working on even better ideas that we buyers haven't seen or heard of yet. I plan on keeping my Impala for at least the duration of the 5 year payments. Hope GM comes up with something more modern than their current 3.6 with the 6 speed by then. Otherwise, i have to look at Ford, who had their bell rung and woke up.
      • 3 Years Ago
      When the 2014 model comes out the current model should get a minor remake and be named "Bel Air" and sold as a fleet only vehicle for rental companies,taxi companies, and municipalities/law enforcement. It will improve resale values on the new model verses the old and add some prestigue to the Impala nameplate. The Holden model for heavy duty police use makes sense and also produce a high performance/limited production Caprice SS for the performance crowd.
        Carl
        • 3 Years Ago
        Thank you, sometimes it seems like I'm the only guy telling GM to sell us a Caprice SS. It's a nice true fullsize car and Caprice will always be Chevrolet's flagship!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Impala is, and has always been, marketed as an affordable, reliable, large sedan that the average American family can park in their driveway. It's not a luxury car by any means nor is it a sports car but that's why GM also sells Cadillacs and Camaros. Yes it is a fleet queen but does that make it a bad car? No. Police departments, cab companies, etc. all need affordable, reliable, big cars and the Impala fits the bill. It always has. Do I wish they were still rear wheel drive? Yes. I wish they never did away with the B body platform but you have to remember this is GM we are talking about, GM being one of the most mismanaged corporations ever. Unfortunately it is what it is, but the current Impala is a good, solid car, even if it is a Lumina with a face lift.
      falconsplayer14
      • 3 Years Ago
      how come the w-body couldnt handle a six speed with the 3.5/3.9 engines??
      toxonix
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car looks 10 years old already. And it was horrible 10 years ago. If there wasn't a big, ugly bowtie on the grille, it could be a Maxima, Camry.. Actually a Maxima from 10 years ago would be waaay more desirable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Had one of the Impala SS V8s as a rental a couple years ago. Total fluke, as I didn't order up anything that big and bold. It was pretty good from what I recall, and had nearly every option. Drove well and sounded good, though muted. As good as it may be though, waiting another 3 model years to release something new is absurd, considering the Impala has already been out for 6 years. It uses two very dated engines that are out-powered by anything any competitor offers, and a transmission that was around before T-Rex. Add to that a list of options so lacking that iPod connectivity is the freshest thing on it.

      A 9-10 year product cycle for a car is truly *absurd* in this day and age. Either GM is selling a ton of these for rental and police forces (entirely likely), or they're selling just enough to break even on a cheap platform that should've died 5 years ago. Or maybe the "senior quotient" is still greater than I imagined...
      • 3 Years Ago
      not a terrible car, but...
      • 3 Years Ago
      My grandparents have this car. It is a 2008 with the 3.5L OHV motor. I was punished and had to drive them and my wife to dinner in it a couple of times. It is the worst GM in recent history IMO. My mom has a 2008 Malibu with the 2.4L and it is better by a standing mile. It gets more fuel economy, feels faster, rides better, has a better interior, same amount of space...need I go on?

      Just kill the damn car already GM!
        • 3 Years Ago
        The sales beg to differ, the Impala is one of GM/Chevy best selling cars and nameplates.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the sagging sales weren't enough of an indication that this old rental fleet hero needs to be replaced alot sooner than 2014. Guess Buick, & Caddy are truly GM's bread and butter afterall
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Impala really isn't a bad car - it's just not competitive anymore, as it has outlived most other vehicles that were released in 06.

      Now, with the new engine, they could at least update the interior to add auto climate control, nav, and thinner front seats. Then I would actually call it a competitive car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        agreed. refreshed interior & some exterior updates. Automakers do this to cars every 2 years or so, no reason why Chevy can't add some appeal to the car. It's not a bad car but it's really old and outdated. The interior reminds me of a 1995 Chevy Lumina.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree with all the comments, but at the same time I will miss having the option to own a car with a front bench seat/six passenger seating option. Modern cars are very nice, but they have cramped interiors.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course I meant "your" and not "you're".

      Damn Autoblog, let us edit comments.
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