Compared to other affordable large cars, the Chevrolet Impala may be overdue for a redesign. Autoblog says, “The model has been on sale in its current configuration since 2006 and a full update isn't scheduled to land until 2014 at the earliest.” Still, that doesn’t mean that the Impala won’t see some powertrain updates for 2012.
The General Motors online ordering and reference guide shows that the 2012 Impala will receive a new 3.6-liter V6 next year, as well as a six-speed automatic transmission. “At 302 horsepower, the new V6 is rated at just one pony less than the short-lived Impala SS’ 303-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 used between 2006 and 2009,” writes Left Lane News. “The 2012 model’s direct-injected V6 also puts out an improved 252 lb-ft. of torque, which peaks at 5,300 rpm. The unit is also E85 FlexFuel capable.”
The 2011 Impala currently comes with a four-speed transmission and either a 3.5-liter, 211-horsepower V6 or a 3.9-liter V6 that makes 230 horsepower. But the extra power won’t mean choosing an optional engine in the 2012 model. GM Inside News reports, “All 2012 Impalas will have the new 3.6-liter V-6 and six-speed as standard fare.”
Pricing and fuel economy data have yet to be released.
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