For almost 20 years, the Chevy Impala has been synonymous with "rental" — a car more "Jackalope" than "Antelope." They've been boring and they've been beige — well, with the exception of a few years of the "SS" badge anyway. Until now.
Built on GM's Super Epsilon II platform, the new car named after the southern African antelope features a long, wind-swept profile, evolutionary bowtie-bedecked front fascia, and dramatic sculpted body coves, the new Impala might now be the best-looking four-door Chevy currently makes. Seriously.
While it's sadly again a front-wheel-drive car, underneath the strongly-pointed power-domed hood sit three engine choices — a four-banger in either 195 HP 2.5-liter regular or 182 HP 2.4-liter eAssist flavors and a 303 HP, 264 lb-ft o' torque 3.6-liter V6.
While that ain't an "SS" model with a V8 engine under the hood, 303 horses is nothing to sneeze at. But you'll need it — the car's supposed to weigh 3,800 lb. in LT trim with the V6 engine.
Inside, the big, bad bowtie brand's big, bad sedan gets an all-new dual cockpit interior and an available eight-inch touch screen display with available Chevrolet MyLink.
The all-new Impala goes on sale in early 2013 as the 10th generation of the four-door in LS, LT and LTZ models. The car will be assembled at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich., and Oshawa, Ontario facilities.
Pricing will be announced at a later date.
But our takeaway is that we've been wondering where the hell this Chevy has been — you know, the attractive-looking full-size sedan Chevy. We sure missed ya.