Project Description

The Chevrolet Impala is a full-size automobile built by the Chevrolet division of General Motors introduced for the 1958 model year. Chevrolet’s most expensive passenger model through 1965 had become the best selling automobile in the United States, competing against the Ford Galaxie 500 and the Plymouth Fury.

The Impala was distinguished for many years by its symmetrical triple taillights. The Caprice was introduced as a top-line Impala Sport Sedan for the 1965 model year. The Impala continued as Chevrolet’s most popular full-size model through the mid-eighties. Reintroduced for the 1994 model year, the Impala SS was produced through 1996 based on the Caprice Classic sedan.

 

Previous models

The 2006 Impala was introduced at the 2005 Los Angeles Auto Show. Like the Buick LaCrosse, this model uses the updated GM W platform. The base engine is a 3.5 liter (214 cu in) V6 producing 211 horsepower (157 kW). The new Impala features new taillights, different from the four-circle style of the previous generation. With the use of the 5.3 liter LS4 V8, the Impala SS is capable of a 5.6 second 0–60-mile-per-hour (0–97 km/h) time and a quarter-mile time of 14.2 seconds. The available trim levels are LS, LT, LTZ and the aforementioned SS. LS became the base model. 6-passenger seating was only available as an option on the LS and LT models. Leather upholstery was standard on LTZ models and optional on LT models. The interior has been completely redesigned.

For the 2010 model year, the Impala was the only GM W-body car in production, although the eight-cylinder SS model was discontinued. LT models included fog lights. The 3.9L V6 was no longer available for the LT model. Three new exterior colors were available: Summit White, Cyber Gray Metallic, and Aqua Blue Metallic, and four exterior colors were deleted. The (PDG) convenience package, AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer, and trunk cargo net were no longer available. The Impala emblems on rear sail panels as well as the rear duck lid badge on LS models were deleted. Early ’10 models had the lower front-side GM badges but were also later deleted.

 

Current model

The latest model of the Chevrolet Impala was introduced in 2011. The can choose between two engines: a 3.5 Liter, with 4-speed automatic transmission that produces 214 horse powers, with fuel economy of 19 mpg in cities/29 mpg on highways, and a 3.9 Liter, with 4-speed automatic transmission that produces 237 horse powers, with fuel economy of 17 mpg in cities/27mpg on highways. These engines are considered hybrids because they can use regular unleaded fuel or ethanol E85. From the aspect of the safety this car is equipped with several features, such as, 4-wheel ABS, 4-wheel disc brakes, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System and Traction Control System.

All in all the 2011 model is very similar to the one of 2010, and you may be able to save some money by opting for a 2010 model.

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