William Maley

New York 2012: 2014 Chevrolet Impala

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I wonder if we will see an Impala SS version eventually to compete w/ the Taurus SHO.

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I like it. And that steering wheel reminds me of the steering wheel from the 1997-2005 Impala.

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Thank You Chevrolet

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I wonder if we will see an Impala SS version eventually to compete w/ the Taurus SHO.

There is something else coming that will compete with the SHO.... and by compete, I mean blow it out of the water.

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I wonder if we will see an Impala SS version eventually to compete w/ the Taurus SHO.

There is something else coming that will compete with the SHO.... and by compete, I mean blow it out of the water.

The long rumored RWD Holden Commodore-based Chevy 'SS' I presume...or a performance version of the Impala? :scratchchin:

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I like many here am stunned by how nice a car this is. Both interior and exterior are amazing and Likable compared to the bastard child the Impala has been over the years.

My question is why now? With the malibu and the rest of the car lineup, I have always wondered by GM keeps this car around and even now that they actually built an amazing looking 4 door, yet how does it really fit into the family? This car is in many ways from the size equal to the malibu.

I see this stealing sales away from the malibu family lineup and and taking a few from others. I always thought the Malibu was to compete with the Taurus and now you have people saying this will compete. Does it not seem that Chevy has two cars in the same segment?

The one thing I hate on this car is the busy wheels that will be a pain in the ass to keep clean.

Malibu = Fusion. Impala = Taurus This has not changed.

Keep in mind the Malibu is now Regal size and shorter hence less rear seat room. This car is more XTS sized and will have a lot more interior room. It will also be wider. The interior and trunk will prove to set the size of this car appart.

If you ever were in the back of the new Regal and the new Lacrosse you will understand the difference.

Thanks Hyper, good to know this as I did not pick it up when I was last on a chevy lot with the older models. Just seemed to be two cars with different names for the longet time that you start to ignor them.

GM is kind of moving things around with the new models so keep expecting changes is size. Don't forget the RWD Sports Sedan still to come too.

I think in time the Malibu and Cruze may be folded into one model. The Chevy fleet is getting crowded with all these sedans Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala and Sports sedan. I could see two merging to one in the next gen. All of them will get smaller over time and there is only so much room.

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GM is kind of moving things around with the new models so keep expecting changes is size. Don't forget the RWD Sports Sedan still to come too.

I think in time the Malibu and Cruze may be folded into one model. The Chevy fleet is getting crowded with all these sedans Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala and Sports sedan. I could see two merging to one in the next gen. All of them will get smaller over time and there is only so much room.

Well, each fills a specific segment--subcompact, compact, midsize, fullsize, speciality. The first 4 segments (as FWD models) is the standard approach taken by most full-line mainstream automakers...Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, and Nissan do it (and VW outside NA).

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Cubical-aka-Moltar, on , said:

I wonder if we will see an Impala SS version eventually to compete w/ the Taurus SHO.

There is something else coming that will compete with the SHO.... and by compete, I mean blow it out of the water.

the long-rumored LaCrosse GS? :P

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Cubical-aka-Moltar, on , said:

I wonder if we will see an Impala SS version eventually to compete w/ the Taurus SHO.

There is something else coming that will compete with the SHO.... and by compete, I mean blow it out of the water.

the long-rumored LaCrosse GS? :P

I'm hoping for the mythical Holden Commodore-based Chevy SS in regular SS (Camaro SS engine spec) and ZL1 versions (Camaro ZL1 engine spec). .. :)

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I wonder if we will see an Impala SS version eventually to compete w/ the Taurus SHO.

There is something else coming that will compete with the SHO.... and by compete, I mean blow it out of the water.

The long rumored RWD Holden Commodore-based Chevy 'SS' I presume...or a performance version of the Impala? :scratchchin:

It will not wear the impala name

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GM is kind of moving things around with the new models so keep expecting changes is size. Don't forget the RWD Sports Sedan still to come too.

I think in time the Malibu and Cruze may be folded into one model. The Chevy fleet is getting crowded with all these sedans Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala and Sports sedan. I could see two merging to one in the next gen. All of them will get smaller over time and there is only so much room.

Well, each fills a specific segment--subcompact, compact, midsize, fullsize, speciality. The first 4 segments (as FWD models) is the standard approach taken by most full-line mainstream automakers...Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, and Nissan do it (and VW outside NA).

Yes for now but as the 54.5 CAFE comes I see them all shrinking unless they find that missing silver bullet. At some point I see some models from many companies may be phased out as they will be too crowded.

As for your SS... It is coming and you will be glad it was not an Impala. It will be of SS power not ZL1.

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No, they won't shrink, they'll be on SlimFast. The new CAFE is less harsh on vehicles with bigger footprints.

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Not getting warm fuzzies about the dash design or steering wheel..they same very busy, there is a mix of current Malibu, Camaro and MKS elements sort of in there..

as always, much better in person.

Olds. Size compared to the Lacrosse. Is it very similar of does it have any more length and width. It is hard to tell from the photo's. I expect it to be similar but the photo's make it look wider and longer.

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Width is the same, Longer overall. Same footprint as XTS.

The grill and lights really help make the car look wider.

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Olds. Size compared to the Lacrosse. Is it very similar of does it have any more length and width. It is hard to tell from the photo's. I expect it to be similar but the photo's make it look wider and longer.

Same wheelbase, but w/ about 4.x inches more overhang. Same width..

2012 LaX Curb Weight (FWD) 3835 lbs 3835 lbs Curb Weight (AWD) N/A N/A Front Track Width 61.7 in 61.7 in Overall Height 59.2 in 59.2 in Overall Length 196.9 in 196.9 in Overall Width 73.1 in 73.1 in Rear Track Width 62.0 in 62.0 in Wheelbase 111.7 in 111.7 in

2014 Impala

According to GM:

Wheelbase (in / mm):

111.7 / 2837

Overall length (in / mm):

201.3 / 5113

Overall width (in / mm):

73 / 1854

Overall height (in / mm):

58.9 / 1496

Track (in / mm):

front: 62.2 / 1580 ; rear: 62 / 1576

Curb weight (lb / kg):

3800 / 1723 (est. – LT model w/ V-6)

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The floor shots confirm it: this car is off the chain. I am not a sedan person, but I would drive this, rollin' up on 20s. Scorcher!

This is what Impala was in its heyday, a family sedan with a sporty flair. The mojo is back.

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So this car has the same head designer as the old impala

John Cafaro, those, along with the C-5 corvette, though i haven't checked he's probably more of a figure head "head designer" of the whole brand.

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So this car has the same head designer as the old impala

Seriously? The old car looks like it was conceived on a Country Kitchen Buffet napkin during the 5:30 senior special.

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So this car has the same head designer as the old impala

Seriously? The old car looks like it was conceived on a Country Kitchen Buffet napkin during the 5:30 senior special.

Well, based on a little bit of google,he definitely did the 2000-2005 one, and it seems as though he was responsible for the current one

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Remember what he was working with guys... it's not like he had a completely clean slate on the W-body. The Epsilon II isn't a clean slate, but it is a much more flexible one.

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I think in time the Malibu and Cruze may be folded into one model. The Chevy fleet is getting crowded with all these sedans Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala and Sports sedan. I could see two merging to one in the next gen. All of them will get smaller over time and there is only so much room.

The Delta platform Cruze and Verano turned out so well that it would be hard for me to justify the purchase of a short wheelbase Epsilon II Malibu or Regal. The Verano is quite a substantial looking car that just needs 2 or 3 more mpg.

The new Impala looks nice but to my eyes it is a modernized version of the current car. I couldn't imagine buying one with the 2.5. 31 mpg highway is barely higher than what much more powerful V6's in this class are getting.

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Olds. Size compared to the Lacrosse. Is it very similar of does it have any more length and width. It is hard to tell from the photo's. I expect it to be similar but the photo's make it look wider and longer.

Same wheelbase, but w/ about 4.x inches more overhang. Same width..

2012 LaX Curb Weight (FWD) 3835 lbs 3835 lbs Curb Weight (AWD) N/A N/A Front Track Width 61.7 in 61.7 in Overall Height 59.2 in 59.2 in Overall Length 196.9 in 196.9 in Overall Width 73.1 in 73.1 in Rear Track Width 62.0 in 62.0 in Wheelbase 111.7 in 111.7 in

2014 Impala

According to GM:

Wheelbase (in / mm):

111.7 / 2837

Overall length (in / mm):

201.3 / 5113

Overall width (in / mm):

73 / 1854

Overall height (in / mm):

58.9 / 1496

Track (in / mm):

front: 62.2 / 1580 ; rear: 62 / 1576

Curb weight (lb / kg):

3800 / 1723 (est. – LT model w/ V-6)

Thanks!

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I like the grille, and the front overall looks good, but the headlights are too small and plain, and does remind me of a Honda Crosstour or an Acura TL from 2004. I wish they did something more than with the headlights to make the car stand out. The back looks like a Jetta or Sonata sort of, nothing new there, it doesn't even have a Chevy feel to it. Not a fan of the sweepsphere thing from the back door over the rear wheels, but I guess they felt they needed something to stand out.

Interior looks nice for the class, but a little busy, I don't like the dual cockpit thing and how you have light tan over the gaugues, then dark brown behind that then light brown. It is if they wanted to copy the Jaguar XJ interior, but couldn't execute it right. Engines make sense although 195 to 303 hp is a big gap with nothing in between.

Overall a solid B.

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Still not sure about the new mug, but whereas on the Traverse I just saw a clean blandness, here I see Camaro+Volkswagen...looks better here, but overall this is a HUGE improvement and I'll give it my tentative stamp of approval

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So this car has the same head designer as the old impala

John Cafaro, those, along with the C-5 corvette, though i haven't checked he's probably more of a figure head "head designer" of the whole brand.

Cafaro as a long and impressive history. Too often he was limited and restricted by GM.

John did a lot of the work on the Fiero under John Schinella. Some of his drawings were amazing but GM never let them really ever come to life. I got to speak with him years ago in Detroit. He is an interesting guy to listen to.

Many of the designers of the 80's till the time Lutzs showed up were hamstrung. They could not and would not be permited to do what they thought was right or could do. Once Lutz tore up the rule book he opened the door to let them do what they could do best.

Check out the hood line at the front of this car. It is as tight of a gap as I have ever seen on a GM car.

We must remember most of this car was done under Lutz and he supported his designers unlike past GM managers.

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