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#3 of 25 Re: 2010 Chevy Impala Thoughts? [SilverLTZ08]
Feb 18, 2009 (8:39 pm)
You are correct, there is going to be a new 2010 Impala, how many will be produced ? The LT & LS levels will have a 265 hp 3.6 and more (45hp) for the LTZ model. The SS will use the 7.0 LS7 corvette engine matched to a six speed transmission. GM will use ZETA architecture for the platform, same as the Camero's.
The future of this vehicle has caused an internal debate at GM into which direction it should go and Impala's future .
Feb 19, 2009 (4:43 pm)
I would expect the current style Impala to soldier on for a couple of more model years. Perhaps a major redesign in 2011 as a 2012 model. Bob Lutz has pretty much stated that the rear-wheel drive Impala is a no-go. The Impala will most likely continue to be front-wheel drive.
With the changes in the CAFE requirements, it would be surprising to see a redesigned V8 Impala sporting the Corvette's engine.
With the recent disbanding of GM's high performance vehicle group, there will be little to no changes to the current Impala SS. They will continue to produce an Impala SS until the end of the current model's lifecycle, but a new Impala SS when it is finally redesigned is highly unlikely.
When GM returns to profitability, they may be able to reinvest in the high performance lines. Until then, things will remain as they are. Additionally, the Impala is a high volume model for GM in its current iteration. They are not going to do anything drastic to the car considering their current financial condition.
#5 of 25 Re: [ryster]
Feb 20, 2009 (8:06 am)
Bob Lutz is retiring to become vice advisor at GM as of april 1 2009, he wouldn't have all that much control of what is going into production.
I agree GM would have huge up hill battle meeting the new CAF regulations and just wait until Obama tightens up the CAF regulations even more . GM might never produce another SS V-8 for a few years , they will drop it to meet new regulations.
#6 of 25 Re: [rvoth]
Mar 02, 2009 (7:29 am)
Just read an article today that the current front-wheel drive, W-body Impala, will soldier on until 2013. No word of any minor exterior/interior changes, just that it keeps going for 4 more years.
There is an Epsilon-II based, long-wheelbase sedan scheduled to begin production in January 2013. This is most likely going to be the Impala replacement.
#7 of 25 Will there be a 2010 update?
May 10, 2009 (10:35 am)
Outside of the SS being dead, does GM plan to do even a mild update on this car. 3.6 V6 or something to make it a upgrade to the Malibu.
#8 of 25 Now that the Pontiac G8 is dead
May 13, 2009 (5:11 pm)
Since the reviews were rave regarding the Pontiac G8 GT and GXP it's time this holden hot rod was rebadged as an Impala SS. I would buy two.
#9 of 25 Re: Will there be a 2010 update? [nomoreford2]
May 16, 2009 (8:44 pm)
No, for 2010 the Impala has really been simplified. No SS and no 2LT, Only 1LS, 1LT, and 1LTZ models. The LS and LT get the 3.5L V6, and the LTZ gets the 3.9L V6 .
The LS has 16" wheels with plastic covers. The LT gets 16" aluminum wheels. The LTZ gets 18" alloy wheels.
Chevy no longer offers a 6 CD changer in any Impala. There are only 2 head units being used. Single CD, or single CD with MP3 capability. The Bose option is still available.
The Impala badges are also no longer being put on the cars (the logo badges on either side behind the rear side windows.) They also no longer put an LS badge on the trunk. LS Impalas will just say "IMPALA". LT and LTZ will still receive their respective badges.
Chevy canceled 4 exterior colors, and replaced those with only 3 new ones.
None of this is surprising considering GM's fragile financial condition. The Impala is still a top 10 selling car, however likely to be killed off or totally redone for the 2013 model year. Even a mild refresh at this point would not be profitable for them.
#10 of 25 Re: Will there be a 2010 update? [ryster]
May 18, 2009 (5:19 pm)
I'm glad I traded to a 2009 when I did. I picked up a 2LT with 3.9, leather, and Red Jewel Tintcoat. Without you saying it, I'm assuming the Red Jewel Tintcoat was one of the colors dropped; that and the leather were the true selling features for my trading--although the 3.9 certainly was a contributing factor. I like the 17 inch wheels--sets it off nicely. My 2006 was great--I had no significant problems. ISS was only thing that required other-than-normal service. Fuel consumption was great--I could pull 32+ mpg without working at it. Fabric seats were beginning to show some polyester pilling, but I was very pleased with the car and its quality--obviously or I wouldn't be driving another. Clark
#11 of 25 Re: Will there be a 2010 update? [ryster]
May 18, 2009 (5:29 pm)
Yeah I love my 2008 Silver LTZ.
I don't really miss the SS as I feel its the same car as I have all the same options on this car with the exception of 6 disc CD changer, but now I have zune player. I di dread however that they kill off the impala and come back with the Caprice. Not sure I like that idea as I love my Impalas but that is few yrs away. So well see what happens only time will tell.
#12 of 25 Re: Will there be a 2010 update? [cnw]
May 19, 2009 (3:56 pm)
Red Jewel Tintcoat stays for 2010 and is available on LT and LTZ models.
The colors dropped for 2010 are:
White exterior color
Dark Silver Metallic exterior color
Mocha Bronze Metallic exterior color
Slate Metallic exterior color
The colors added are:
Summit White exterior color
Cyber Gray Metallic exterior color
Aqua Blue Metallic exterior color
The LT is still available with the Luxury Edition Package (leather, Bose with 8 speakers, rear spoiler, heated seats, etc.), however there are no more 3.9L LT models. The 17" wheels are gone, too.
My '06 2LT has been a fair car. It has 41,000 miles on it, and has needed the ISS replaced, water pump replaced, high pressure power steering hose replaced, and has several squeaks/rattles/groans.
I have thought about trying to find an '09 SS leftover, but not sure I want another Impala based on my experience with my '06.