Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
April 16th, 2012
At the 2012 New York Auto Show, Chevrolet stripped the wrapper off of its upcoming 2014 Impala to a pleasingly surprised automotive world. While the current Impala has been called one of the least appealing cars in America, we know the new model will certainly work hard to change those perceptions and try to restore the image of Chevrolet’s flagship model. Other than that, we also know all about the technical details of the ‘14 Impala, as well as its options list that includes a host of four and six-cylinder engines and creature comforts like adaptive cruise control.
A lot of folks thought that would be the end of the “what-we-know” list, especially since we recently learned that Chevrolet isn’t going to offer all-wheel drive as an option. Some took that as an indication that there probably wouldn’t be a Ford Taurus SHO rival from Chevrolet in the form of a new Impala SS. Well, a spy photographer recently snapped a few photographs of an interesting Impala mule running around which could very well be proof another SS-badged Impala is in the works after all.
From the spy shots, we can see that this particular camo-clad Impala has some tweaks made to its front grille and fascia, as well as its headlights and taillights. Suffice to say, those simple changes alone suggests that Chevy could be working on something beyond the 3.6L V6-equipped LTZ model. According to the spy photographer’s sources, if the car pictured is in fact the new Impala SS, it could debut with a new twin-turbo 3.0L V6 engine good for a huge 380 horsepower. We know that we reported that all-wheel drive wouldn’t be offered on the Impala, but with that sort of horsepower rumored to be on tap it certainly makes you wonder.
If it's true a new Impala SS is coming down the pipeline along with the new Holden Commodore-based Chevy Sport Sedan, Chevrolet will certainly have a very exciting big sedan line-up in the near future.
Sources: KGP Photography via Autoblog
UPDATE 11:30PM 4/16/12: We've recently learned that the car in question is actually a mule testing the new Impala's adaptive cruise control. So, the answer is no, Chevrolet isn't preparing a new Impala SS. Don't despair, though. The rear-drive Chevy Sports Sedan should still be coming to fufill all of your Bowtie performance sedan needs.