Chevrolet Impala – Something For Everyone
The Impala name was first used for the full-sized 1956 General Motors Motorama show car that bore Corvette-like design cues, especially the grille. It was painted emerald green metallic with a white interior and featured hardtop styling.
The Impala was introduced for the 1958 model year as top-of-the-line Bel Air hardtops and convertibles. From the windshield pillar rearward, the 1958 Bel Air Impala differed structurally from the lower-priced Chevrolet models. Impala styling followed the basic lines of the other Chevrolet models but received special styling cues including a different roof line, a vent above the rear window, unique side trim, and triple tail lights housed in slightly broader alcoves. The wheelbase of the Impala was longer, although the overall length was identical. Interiors offered a two-spoke steering wheel and color-keyed door panels with brushed aluminum trim. The Impala became its own model the very next year (1959).
The 1964 Impala SS Hardtop Coupe
For 1964, the Impala was restyled to a more rounded, softer look. The signature taillight assembly had an "upside-down U" shaped aluminum trim strip above the taillights, but the individual lights were surrounded by a body-colored panel. The 409-cubic-inch (6.7 L) returned as the big-block option, as well as the 2X4 carburetor setup for the 425 horsepower motors. SS models continued to feature the engine-turned aluminum trim. Rooflines were carried over from 1963. Back-up lights were standard.
1966 Impala SS Convertible
The 1966 Impala received a minor facelift that included a revised horizontal bar grille up front and new triple rectangular taillights that replaced the triple round lights used on full-sized Chevys each year since 1958 (with the exception of 1959). Chrome beltline strips were added to help minimize parking lot door dings. The standard column-shift three-speed manual was now fully synchronized. A new 250-cubic-inch six-cylinder engine replaced the previous 230-cubic-inch six while the 195-horsepower 283-cubic-inch Turbo Fire V-8 remained the base V-8 engine.
Optional engines included a 275-horsepower 327-cubic-inch Turbo Fire V-8, the 396-cubic-inch Turbo-Jet V-8 rated at 325 horsepower, or two new 427-cubic-inch Turbo Jet V8s of 390 horsepower. A four-speed manual transmission was offered with all V8 engines. The Impala was the #2-selling convertible in the U.S. in 1966.
1974 Impala Hardtop Coupe
The Impala remained Chevrolet's top-selling model with the fifth generation. A high-performance big block V8 was still available in the form of the Turbo-Jet 454. The hardtop Sport Coupe was a smoothly sloped semi-fastback reminiscent of the 1961 "bubbletop" styling. A three-speed manual transmission remained standard at the beginning but later all V8-equipped full-size GM cars got the Turbo Hydra-Matic as standard equipment. These new "B" body Chevrolets were close to Cadillac in luxury features, styling, and ride.
1996 Impala SS
The Impala SS badge was resurrected at the 1992 Detroit Auto Show as a concept car. The concept car was two inches lower to the ground than the regular Caprice, and was powered by a 8.2-liter (500 cu in) engine. Eventually, the concept car's engine was replaced with a 5.7-liter (350 cu in) engine derived from the Corvette.
When the Impala SS went into production it was almost identical cosmetically to the concept car. The only noticeable change being the chromed bowtie logo on the grill (vs a red logo on the concept). The car was, in essence, a high-performance version of the Caprice. It used the Caprice police package as its base and as such got most of the equipment formerly available only to law enforcement and government agencies. This included a sport-tuned suspension with reinforced shocks and springs, a high-capacity reverse-flow cooling system (derived from the Corvette's LT1), larger four-wheel disc brakes, transmission cooler, dual exhaust, a higher-output electrical system, and other minor mechanical alterations.
The 2017 Chevrolet Impala is built on the 11th Generation platform which debuted in 2014. It has something for everyone. Including a spacious interior, innovative available safety features and advanced phone integration. It’s no wonder the U.S. News & World Report named the 2016 Impala “Best Large Car for the Money.”
Detailed contours on the outside give the Impala an athletic stance that you can’t help but notice. Inside you’ll discover unexpected chrome touches and available wood grain accents. Plus there’s enough space to seat five adults so you and your passengers can ride in comfort.
Choose either a 3.6L V6 or the 2.5L 4-Cylinder engine. Both powertrain options deliver an impeccable balance between aggressive performance and intelligent efficiency.
Stay connected to the entertainment you love and the information you want with available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi (1). And with available Chevrolet MyLink (2) touch-screen display, you can send and receive texts, play music and more.
Available safety features and advanced technologies work together to give you driving confidence front, back and sides. In addition to safety features like Available Forward Collision Alert and Available Side Blind Zone Alert, the 2017 Impala received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety (3) from NHTSA.
For nearly 60 years, the Chevrolet Impala has been one of America’s most popular and iconic family cars delivering style, performance and spacious comfort.
(1)Requires a compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. 4G LTE service available in select markets. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations.
(2)MyLink functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.
(3) Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov).