Chevrolet Exec Confirms Next-Gen Impala

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran's avatar Viknesh VijayenthiranViknesh Vijayenthiran October 12th, 2009

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General Motors’ large sedan future was looking rosy until the U.S. government decided to vote in favor of new CAFE rules, forcing automakers to improve the average fuel economy of their fleets to 35.5 mpg by 2016. We were teased with all manner of rear-wheel drive and V-8 powered muscle cars, including sedans, coupes, and even a sports wagon, but now many of these cars have fallen off the radar.

One of these was a rumored rear-wheel drive Chevrolet Impala due early next decade and based on GM’s Zeta platform.

Chevrolet’s vice president Brent Dewar has now confirmed that a replacement for the current Impala, which has been on the market since 2005, is currently in the works. The new car will slot above the Malibu in Chevrolet’s lineup and there’s a strong possibility that it might be related to the Australian-sourced Caprice police car.

“The announcement for the Caprice is currently only as a police patrol cruiser,” he said. “It will be rear-wheel drive with a 6.0-liter V-8. We have not made any firm plans yet on a retail version of the Caprice. That said, we are working on a next-gen Impala that comes in above the Malibu. More to come,” Dewar teased.

General Motors’ large sedan future was looking rosy until the U.S. government decided to vote in favor of new CAFE rules, forcing automakers to improve the average fuel economy of their fleets to 35.5 mpg by 2016. We were teased with all manner of rear-wheel drive and V-8 powered muscle cars, including sedans, coupes, and even a sports wagon, but now many of these cars have fallen off the radar.


One of these was a rumored rear-wheel drive Chevrolet Impala due early next decade and based on GM’s Zeta platform.
Chevrolet’s vice president Brent Dewar has now confirmed that a replacement for the current Impala, which has been on the market since 2005, is currently in the works. The new car will slot above the Malibu in Chevrolet’s lineup and there’s a strong possibility that it might be related to the Australian-sourced Caprice police car.
“The announcement for the Caprice is currently only as a police patrol cruiser,” he said. “It will be rear-wheel drive with a 6.0-liter V-8. We have not made any firm plans yet on a retail version of the Caprice. That said, we are working on a next-gen Impala that comes in above the Malibu. More to come,” Dewar teased.