After languishing in mediocrity for far too long, the 2013 Chevrolet Impala can't come soon enough, and our shooters managed to snag a camouflaged prototype – both inside and out – for the first time.

Based on the long-wheelbase version of the Epsilon 2 platform, the reimagined Impala is set to be powered by a choice of either GM's 3.6-liter V6 or its recently revealed 270-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. An eAssist version is also likely to be offered soon after its debut.

Inside, we get a glimpse of a reworked interior that's more plush than the current model, complete with leather dash and trim, tasteful aluminum accents and a sizable nav screen front-and-center.

The exterior is harder to gauge, but the ride height is noticeably lower, the roof and windshield more raked and the front fascia has taken on a pointed, Camaro-esque shape. We should know more in the coming months before Chevy takes the wraps off in the first half of the year.


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      Haub
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow that interior is something else. I see bits of MB S-Class and Hyundai Equus/Sonata all rolled into one.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      While this car might not really interest car enthusiasts, this is still a fairly big seller for Chevy, year in, year out. Them updating it should finally modernize a car that many thought should be put out to pasture ages ago. I assume this rides on the same platform as the recently introduced Cadillac XTS. Hopefully the two vehicles will be dramatically different in styling and interiors and GM doesn't go back to its badge-engineering days. Platform-sharing isn't necessarily a terrible thing, but it shouldn't be obvious to anyone other than automotive news hounds.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        "I assume this rides on the same platform as the recently introduced Cadillac XTS." Don't read articles much? "Based on the long-wheelbase version of the Epsilon 2 platform..."
      GoSpeedRacerGo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Long overdue! It looks like a bigger Malibu, but hopefully with some distinctive styling of its own. Kudos to GM for not getting rid of knobs and physical buttons on the dashboard.
      Mr. Gibbz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mercedes Benz called, they'd like their steering wheel back. Otherwise, this is a major improvement from the majorly over-warmed current exterior and interior design.
      toyslacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't this just going to be the same as the Police Interceptor/Caprice that they came out with?? I saw one of those come out of the carwash this weekend in CT. It's nice enough, but like many others have said, it's just going to blend into the background and be a non-contender.
      Random Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Interior is nice...I was surprised as how Basic the current interior looks. I'm curious to see what they have done to the exterior
      Toneron
      • 3 Years Ago
      2012 Impala - GM W platform refined since 1988 - base engine 300HP! 300! check it. Change why? Why not just an extensive re-skin? Oh yeah - because GM sucks.
        Rampant
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Toneron
        Quit being a bitch and keep your mouth shut if you dont like it.
        Matt Wood
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Toneron
        The W platform sucks by today's standards. I have an 08 Grand Prix and have driven a LaCrosse multiple times. It's no contest, the LaCrosse spanks it.
          Toneron
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Matt Wood
          Impala market doesn't care.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Toneron
        Do you know anything about these cars? The w-body is garbage. GM would have a giant fail on their hands if they did anything with the current car. This car has been in desperate need of a new platform for a long time. As far as the engine, the new car will also have a 3.6 so I'd imagine power would still be up there.
      r67bennett
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like Chevy is so desperate to take on the HYUNDAI SONATA sales. :P
        Papi L-Gee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @r67bennett
        Impala is to Azera as Malibu is to Sonata.
        Chase
        • 3 Years Ago
        @r67bennett
        While the Sonata is a great car, and has been a big part of making Hyundai a serious brand, this is what Hyundai sales versus GM sales looks like: === <- Hyundai (600k YTD) =========== <- GM (2.2M YTD) GM may be looking at Hyundai's cars for being great cars, but they aren't a big sales threat.
      Varcity
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this front wheel drive? Do they really think that fwd will compete with a 3er?
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Varcity
        3er? Have you seen an Impala? They're 200" long. They're longer than a 5-series.
        F1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Varcity
        not even the same market. next time a 3 series article comes up ill remember to mention the panamera...now, let's talk ATS
        Papi L-Gee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Varcity
        This is WAY too big to compete with a 3 Series...
        Rob Ascough
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Varcity
        Who the hell is cross-shopping an Impala with a 3-series? And plenty of FWD cars compete with the 3, like the Acura TL and Audi A4.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rob Ascough
          The TL doesn't compete with the 3, it's a 5 size vehicle. Acura's 3 competitor is the TSX.
        F1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Varcity
        not the same market. next time a 3 series article comes up i'll remember to mention the panamera...so,lets talk about ATS.
      • 3 Years Ago
      better keep that one under wraps, don't want any competing brands to catch a glimpse and create an even more generic sedan
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      No V8...no sale.
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