Chevrolet Impala ? where to go from here - some suggestions
As the new Chevrolet Malibu comes to near dimensions of Chevrolet impala, this is just my suggestions to differentiate more. I know its not a V8 RWD enthusiast point of view.
1) Change of dimensions : Grow in size
Move the Width of car to near 80 inch, Wheel base increment to near 117 inch and keeping same overall length
2) Move the transmission shifter to dash .
3) Provide a fold-able and removable middle seat on front row ( Similar to Honda Odyssey middle seat ), Attach the seat belt on that fold-able ,remove able seat itself ( innovation ), so it can be used in folded condtion as a table, storage and coffee holders. People was remove it as it is also. The HVOC vents should go to roof with a small let light ( like minivans/CUVs )
This is why we move the shifter to Dash, This will allow people to use the removable seat as a seat or a coffee/hand holders. So impala can be a 6 seat when needed.
4) Provide a conventional rear swing-open kammback (like prius ) kind of trunk hybrid version.
Wondering on your thoughts ....