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    2010 FWD Impala

    2010 FWD Chevy Impala


    Now there is doubt if Impala will be based on the RWD Zeta,
    a stretched Epsilon II FWD Chevy Impala is a real possibility.

    This is not what I WANT the next Impala to be it's what I PREDICT
    for the next Impala. Actually, this with the Malibu style grille is
    what I predict, but then it would stand out even less on the road.

    If Lutz loses to the bean counters and the Impala goes FWD he
    likely won't just be losing a drive train fight. The bean counters
    will I assure you not want to take any risks with what they want
    to be their best selling car, a car to win back sales from Toyota
    and Honda. A car that offers a nice looking inoffensive appliance
    like presence which Toyonda buyers love, but which is bigger
    and offers more value per dollar.




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    Re: 2010 FWD Impala

    I'd try putting on a Malibu style grille; it's the new face of Chevy.

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    It's a nice chop, but personally i wouldn't want the new Impala to look like that, maybe it could be the new Caprice?
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    Re: 2010 FWD Impala

    I love your work MonaroSS, and that's a good looking car... but it's just too plain for an Impala (my same opinion of the current version, BTW). That would work great as a Buick Lucerne replacement though.

    Whatever they do with the next Impala, I hope it can somehow combine aspects of past Impalas with modern styling cues. As the Chevy flagship, it really needs eye-catching appeal - even more than the Chrysler 300, IMO.

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    Re: 2010 FWD Impala

    I see Holden architecture here!! D'oh!!
    IF It's A Chevrolet & RWD, Don't ride in it!!!

    ALL Chevy's NEED to be FWD/F-AWD!!!

    If it's a Toyota/Lexus/Scion, Don't ride in/drive it!!


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    Re: 2010 FWD Impala

    Hi guys,

    This is not what I WANT the next Impala to be it's what I PREDICT for the next Impala. Actually, this with the Malibu style grille is what I predict, but then it would stand out even less on the road.

    If Lutz loses to the bean counters and the Impala goes FWD he likely won't just be losing a drive train fight. The bean counters will I assure you not want to take any risks with what they want to be their best selling car, a car to win back sales from Toyota and Honda. A car that offers a nice looking inoffensive appliance like presence which Toyonda buyers love, but which is bigger and offers more value per dollar.

    PS. When I canvassed some friends and family I found that all the older, and Toyota drivers, liked the look of it. My own mother, damn, says she really liked it. Said it looks 'sophisticated'. So maybe the bean counters have a point. We just have to keep them away from Pontiac.


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    Re: 2010 FWD Impala

    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothcat View Post
    I love your work MonaroSS, and that's a good looking car... but it's just too plain for an Impala (my same opinion of the current version, BTW). That would work great as a Buick Lucerne replacement though.

    Whatever they do with the next Impala, I hope it can somehow combine aspects of past Impalas with modern styling cues. As the Chevy flagship, it really needs eye-catching appeal - even more than the Chrysler 300, IMO.
    Hi Smoothcat, I'm glad you like my work. And I do agree that this design is plain, intentionally so. I think that we as car enthusiasts sometimes don't see the car world the way it really is nor reflect upon it the way it truly was. Back in the 60's car enthusiasts like us, our ages then, would not take a second look at an Impala.

    If we were in the market for a new car in the 60's we would have had so many other better cars, like Muscle Cars and Pony Cars that we would have liked. We would have said that the then 60's Impala's were just too plain and ordinary. OK for family cars and people who want to get from A to B, but not for us.

    But now we look back and imaging a big block 60's Impala with Foose paint and wheels and think of how great that would be to own. And so we want the new Impala to have the great styling cues, forgetting they were boring styling cues back then. Simple fact is that if we are in the market for a new car today, are we going to choose even a stylish FWD Impala over a RWD Pontiac G8? No way. And GM knows this, so they will style it for those who actually will want to buy it. And they also buy Toyondas.



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    Re: 2010 FWD Impala

    You might be right MonaroSS. The end result looks really clean, it looks like it could be RWD and that is a good thing. Maybe they could have this and a RWD Caprice.
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    Re: 2010 FWD Impala

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
    You might be right MonaroSS. The end result looks really clean, it looks like it could be RWD and that is a good thing. Maybe they could have this and a RWD Caprice.
    Hi Phoenix,

    I more than most love stylish exteriors. But I would be happy if the next Impala (given it was FWD) was just clean and neat looking on the outside, but inside had GM's best interior and all was quality fit and finish. Not flashy, but Volkswagen style simple quality.

    If GM could put the Chinese Park Avenue's interior in the Impala, but finished in quality color-coded plastics and cloth, that is what would win them back sales. Non car enthusiasts rank interiors much higher, it's where we all spend most of our time with a car.



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    Re: 2010 FWD Impala

    Quote Originally Posted by LeSabre View Post
    I see Holden architecture here!! D'oh!!
    Only the bonnet/hood was untouched (except around the grille and lights), even the windscreen was widened, roof lengthened and squared and the wheelarches enlarged. Doors were simplified, windows flattened on top. In real life not a panel or piece of glass is shared. But it is a photochop; which means I had to start with some existing car....






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    Re: 2010 FWD Impala

    I dont like it at all.

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    Re: 2010 FWD Impala

    If it goes FWD, I predict the following:

    • Volt-esque headlights.
    • Malibu style grille, but not as bold (just like the STS is not as bold as the CTS.
    • Same height and width as the Malibu, only a streched wheelbase.
    • Treatment past the C pillar will resemble today's impala (i.e., triangular wrap around tail lights.

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    Re: 2010 FWD Impala

    I was hoping to put the next gen Impala (Rwd) in my garage, but if this is true that won't be happening!

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    Re: 2010 FWD Impala

    Looks too plain to be an Impala IMO, the next Impala needs to have striking design like the 300, something that stands out and is uniquely american.

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