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#76 of 124 Re: RWD Impala might not happen [nomoreford2]
Apr 14, 2007 (4:00 pm)
Sounds like classic Detroit whining about gov't interference instead of stepping up to the challenge. Besides, a 30% increase in fuel economy from 20 mpg isn't 30 mpg (as Lutz states), it would be 26 mpg. While I'm not saying it would be easy, the 5.7L Camaros and Corvettes were getting that 10 yrs ago. I know GM and all of Detroit is hurting but being bold is what is going to put them back in America's driveways. It's time to encourage Americans to buy the big sedan in place of the SUV. A 28 mpg Impala will make it much easier to reach a higher CAFE than a 20 mpg Tahoe or Suburban.
Apr 15, 2007 (4:17 pm)
^^^ I agree with that! I personally think the Impala is more comfortable to ride in than my wife's Durango, and it gets almost twice the gas mileage. Remember, 28 mpg is realistic for the Impala and 20 mpg is a far stretch for an SUV. Our Durango has never seen 20 mpg. Best it ever got was 18 on an all highway trip.
Apr 15, 2007 (4:20 pm)
As far as the next Impala is concerned, I don't like the idea of any backwards steps in fuel mileage (like they did with the 2006 Impala compared to the 2005). I think 32 mpg highway (3.4 Impala 2004 model) is really good for a car its size and would sacrifice a little power for the fuel mileage.
#79 of 124 The Automotive news says
Apr 16, 2007 (12:11 am)
that GM has a great possibility of cancelling all RWD projects coming up, except for the G6 and the Camaro of 2009. But as for the Impala and the Buik RWD they may be slashed. Reasons they have down is the new gov't standards that are going to come out and the CAFE increase. We all know that FWD's get better fuel economy than RWD, by about 1-3mpg, and if all your models contribute that decline you'll never be able to meet CAFE.
#80 of 124 I had posted this
May 25, 2007 (6:13 pm)
question in Crown Vic topic, as someone mentioned the RWD 2009 Impala, and now I find that it has its own topic...
Will the 2009 Impala be of a decent size, say, nearer a Crown vic with a little room???...the current Impala looks to be about the size of a Taurus, and would not be a family sedan in my book...
I can't believe it...a GM car has actually piqued my interest...
#81 of 124 Re: I had posted this [marsha7]
May 26, 2007 (12:15 pm)
I don't think any specs have been released yet, but I have heard A) the upcoming new 2008 Malibu grows in size from the current version to practically the same size as the current Impala (which could imply the upcoming RWD Impala might be larger), and B) last I heard the RWD Impala might have been delayed a year (but I don't remember if that was a reveal in 2009 as a 2010 model, or reveal in 2010 as a 2011).
Your best best will be to look at a Pontiac G8 when it comes out; my understanding is the Impala will be on the same platform (and probably similar in size).
#82 of 124 Re: I had posted this [nosirrahg]
May 26, 2007 (5:47 pm)
Current Impala - 110.5" wheelbase.
2008 Malibu - 112.3" wheelbase.
#83 of 124 Re: I had posted this [lostwrench]
May 26, 2007 (7:11 pm)
2008 Malibu - 191.8" length
Current Impala - 200.4" length
2008 Malibu - 70.3" width
Current Impala - 72.9" width
Legroom/headroom are almost the same for both cars, but look at shoulder room:
2008 Malibu - 55.9" front/53.9" rear
Current Impala - 58.7" front/58.6" rear
The longer wheelbase in the new Malibu helps in the legroom dept., but it won't match the current Impala overall in terms of interior space/comfort...but it'll be right in the middle of Camry/Accord territory.
So to answer the earlier question regarding the upcoming RWD Impala, I'd bet the new one won't be substantially larger than the current FWD version (at least not growing to Crown Vic dimensions of 212" length/77.3" width/114.6" wheelbase).
Current Dodge Charger is 200.1" long, 120.0" wheelbase, 74.5" width; roughly the same size as the Impala except for wheelbase, which I'm sure will be different in the RWD Impala. Hopefully the new Impala will have comparable rear legroom to the Charger/Magnum/300, which combined with a front bench would definitely make it feel like a bigger car.
#84 of 124 2009 - 2011 Impala
Jun 02, 2007 (7:26 am)
GM indicated June 1/07 that the Zeta program is now on again and the RWD Impala will start production in mid 2010 as a 2011 model. Information also says the 2009/10 Impala will be called the Impala Classic before being put out to pasture. This will probably replace the current LS/LT/LTZ designations.