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Old 04-04-2012, 03:17 AM   #1
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To hear Chevrolet tell the story, the Impala is super popular with the public. True, it was one of the ten best-selling cars the U.S. last year, but take away sales to rental, government and commercial fleets, and we'd bet our last dollar that the Impala is no more popular than its competitors, probably less so considering its age. That's why Chevrolet is hoping its all-new Impala for 2013 will do what the last model couldn't: attract folks who don't buy their large sedans in bulk.

The 2013 Chevrolet Impala clearly looks considerably better and more modern than the car it replaces, which hadn't received a thorough redesign since 2005. The face up front is the Bowtie brand's new corporate visage, which can also be seen on the refreshed 2013 Traverse. It's an attractive mug with clean lines, little-to-no clutter and a full suite of high-tech HID and LED lighting elements. At least in pictures, the rest of the new Impala looks brawny and muscular compared to the last model's antiseptic lines. Its wheels, meanwhile, will range in size from a large 18 inches in diameter to a super-sized 20 inches.

We also universally approve of the Impala's new interior design, which sports a dual-cockpit concept, as well as a 4.2-inch information screen between the gauges and an eight-inch screen atop the center stack. However, we're having a hard time with that steering wheel, which doesn't live up to the rest of the cabin's aesthetic standards.

Power for the new Impala will come from a range of three engines, all featuring direct injection: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with eAssist producing 182 horsepower/172 pound-feet and achieving an estimated 35 mpg highway, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder producing 195 hp/187 lb-ft and a 3.6-liter V6 producing 303 hp/264 lb-ft. All will mate to a six-speed automatic and drive the front wheels only.

The Impala has also received a slew of new available active and passive safety systems, including Full-Speed-Range Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

We've included the official press release from Chevrolet below and will update the gallery will more official images as soon as they're available. And later today we'll show you what the Impala looks like in person from the floor of the New York Auto Show.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:33 AM   #2
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Ugh. The angle makes it look like an aborted RDX fetus.

Blargh.

Then again, the world always needs more rental cars.
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It is a huge step up from the current Impala. Would I consider one versus a 300 or Taurus? Hell no.
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It is a huge step up from the current Impala. Would I consider one versus a 300 or Taurus? Hell no.
I wonder if it will be a huge step up in price as well? Also, no rental will ever come with that nav or wood grain... or leather for that matter
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I hate the dash to door lip wrap around that GM does now. Otherwise fine.
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It was once the best-selling car in America, in the ‘60s reaching a peak of a million sales a year. But in more recent times, the Chevrolet Impala hasn’t fared nearly as well. And of the big sedans Chevy does build each year, most of those wind up going into daily rental fleets.
But the General Motors division hopes to put Impala back in the game with a major remake for 2013 that adds significant gravitas to the design that could help it muscle up against its mainstream competitors – perhaps even draw over some up-market buyers, Chevrolet is hoping as it launches the new model at the 2012 NY Auto Show.
Hide the bow tie badge, in fact, and one might initially mistake the new Impala for the similar coupe-like sedan design of the far more expensive Audi A7 — though at a fraction of the price tag.
“Our design team was challenged to create a new classic, but that didn’t mean relying on nostalgia,” says John Cafaro, who oversaw exterior design on the new model.

The new interior features such high-tech niceties as the new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system.

The goal was to create a car – inside and out – that looked much more lavish and high-quality than the flabby rent-a-car Impala that buyers have come to know. There are significant high-end cues, such as the coupe-like roofline, though unlike the A7 Impala doesn’t get a hatchback. In part, that’s because 5-door models don’t sell well. And they also have problems with interior noise.
Chevy – like sibling GM brand Buick – has recognized that while exterior design is one of the first things that, quite literally, catches the eye, perceived quality is something that wins buyers. And things like a quiet drive keep them satisfied during the so-called ownership cycle.
Another big draw, these days is technology. And the new Impala will be loaded with it, from safety features like lane departure warning and blind-spot detection to a new state-of-the-art infotainment system.
The Impala has been influenced by the recently redesigned Chevy Impala, with similar exterior and interior design details – notably including the pop-up LCD screen at the top of the center console that conceals a hidden cubbyhole that can be used to store – and recharge – a cellphone or MP3 players. Touch a button and it drops into place. It will also retract almost instantly if you shift into reverse, allowing the rearview camera to display.
No V-8, but the 2013 Chevrolet Impala will feature a V-6, a base I-4 and a new mild hybrid syste

The infotainment system includes the new MyLink system, which not only allows handsfree Bluetooth cellphoning but can be used to control smartphone apps, such as Pandora radio. Chevrolet officials say they are working to integrate a wide range of additional apps over the next several years.
Beyond the high-tech gadgetry, the cabin was designed to be quiet and plush, with much more elegant use of materials, such as chrome and leather, than buyers might typically expect from a Chevy if they haven’t been in one for a while. That’s a major shift for the maker, which previously put out a corner-cutting full-size sedan designed almost specifically for discounted fleet markets.
The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu – which will be built at both the GM plant in Detroit and another in Oshawa, Ontario – should be available by late summer and though not announced, pricing should not be much different from today’s model. The new version will no longer have to square off with Ford’s classic Crown Victoria but it will face an assortment of other competitors, including Hyundai’s newly updated Azera and the all-new Toyota Avalon replacement also debuting at this year’s New York Auto Show.
Like Chevy, Toyota is putting a premium on style to help overcome its own reputation for plain-vanilla design.
In its heyday, Impala had plenty of things going for it, including some of the more powerful engines on the market. But in a surprise move, the V-8 is no longer on the option list for the 2013 remake. Instead, it will offer a 3.6-liter, 303-horsepower V-8 and two four-cylinder alternatives. The base engine is a 2.5-liter I-4 making 197 horsepower.
But Impala also will get a 2.4-liter I-4 “mild” hybrid, the same eAssist system first introduced on the Buick LaCrosse and now being expanded into other models including the 2012 Chevy Malibu Eco. With such fuel-efficient pluses as Stop/Start – which briefly shuts the engine down when it would normally idle, say, at a stoplight – it is expected to push highway mileage up into the 30 mpg range.
That’s the sort of number few traditional Impala owners likely could have ever imagined – and Chevy is hoping it will be one more reason why the 2013 Chevrolet Impala might again become a serious competitor in the American market.
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That car MUST be based on the LaCrosse platform. So much buick in it. Which is a very good thing. I think it looks VERY good for what it is. An inexpensive family hauler. If the price is right, there will finally be an affordable full size sedan from Chevy that does not look like it was made in the early 90's.
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That is a good looking Impala, hope it drives well too.
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Ugh. Do not want. Sure, it looks better but it embodies two trends that I loathe: high pillbox-style belt lines and wide, knee space-encroaching center consoles.
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A car that looks like 95% of all other cars out there and is fwd. Bleh. Likely rental car interior as well.

Faddish looking car that will look dated in 1 year.
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How is this faddish?

It is about as bog-standard as something can be.

Some sculpture to the sides of the car to make it not completely and utterly boring, like it's predecessor, but it is pretty standard.

And the SUV that got introduced shows that the bar-through-grille thing is going away, in favor of grilles with standard slats. Pretty standard stuff, actually.

Nissan, such as the weird-face Altima, is faddish, among other Nissans.
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That car MUST be based on the LaCrosse platform. So much buick in it. Which is a very good thing. I think it looks VERY good for what it is. An inexpensive family hauler. If the price is right, there will finally be an affordable full size sedan from Chevy that does not look like it was made in the early 90's.
It's on the Malibu platform. It's got a little 9-5 in the looks which I appreciate as I thought that was a very attractive full-sizer. Definitely not as good looking as the SAAB though.
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WOW this Chevy looks way nice. I hope they worked on seat comfort and driving dynamics. Seriously it just takes some engineering time and very little extra money to make a good driver.
This year I rented several cars and some surprises that teaches me to rent one before you buy if you can.
Mustang 6, great engine, so so chassis, lousy steering and seats
Dodge Charger, surprisingly good car, great 6 cyl, comfortable but would never be seen in one at home. Much better than Mustang every way but how it looks.
Volvo S80, nothing luxury or performance about this car. Looks great and high line presence. Poor performance in every way. Uncomfortable but nice looking leather seats, stupid electronics. Felt like driving a Mercury Montego.
Nissan Versa, looks like it drives econobox in every way.
Mercury Grand Marquis, Like how a car was in 1983, yup your grandfathers Mercury. A couch on 4 wheels.
Hyundai Accent, surprisingly good, a bit rough around comfort but nice driver.
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Dodge Charger, surprisingly good car, great 6 cyl, comfortable but would never be seen in one at home. Much better than Mustang every way but how it looks.
You could get a 300. I rented one and really liked it, doesn't have that white trash look to it either.
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Do not forget about the Genesis sedan. VERY good car.
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National doesn't rent them that I've seen. One of the other guys at a meeting had one, I was jealous. I had a 300 at the time though so I was OK.
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I think it looks fantastic. It is similar to the Taurus in its attempt to make a big FWD car look sporty with high belt line, sharp headlamps, strategic bright works etc, but much better executed.

I also like the interior, although looking at the design, fit and finish will be absolutely crucial with all those thin trim peaces running along surface boundaries. Misalignment will be very visible.
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Not sure, but the last time I was on travel I had a gen sedan and it was very eye opening.

Somebody rents them.
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Am I the only one who thinks the huge ****ing sedan trend looks like ****? I know its for <insert random increasingly stupid reasons such as safety regs becoming stricter> and for some reason that means all cars have to be 4000lb boats, but that doesn't mean they look good, even if they look good compared to the other 4000lb boats. Cars are not mini SUV's. Stop the shenanigans with producing increasingly larger and larger vehicles with large rocker panels, huge front and back ends, and small windows...
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It is a huge step up from the current Impala. Would I consider one versus a 300 or Taurus? Hell no.
Agreed, it's definitely better looking than the current Impala, but still won't win any beauty contests.

The photography and wide angle is making that interior look better than it actually is.

The less distorted photo make it look....eh

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Not sure, but the last time I was on travel I had a gen sedan and it was very eye opening.

Somebody rents them.
Enterprise I believe. I see them next to the National lot at the airport.

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Am I the only one who thinks the huge ****ing sedan trend looks like ****? I know its for <insert random increasingly stupid reasons such as safety regs becoming stricter> and for some reason that means all cars have to be 4000lb boats, but that doesn't mean they look good, even if they look good compared to the other 4000lb boats. Cars are not mini SUV's. Stop the shenanigans with producing increasingly larger and larger vehicles with large rocker panels, huge front and back ends, and small windows...
The Impala has always been a huge car. I don't see what's wrong with building full-size cars? It's not like this is the new Civic and they just bloated the hell out of it.
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Agreed, it's definitely better looking than the current Impala, but still won't win any beauty contests.

The photography and wide angle is making that interior look better than it actually is.

The less distorted photo make it look....eh

I'm just sayin'

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It is a FWD Camaro Crosstour.
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That steering wheel is revolting...
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