First introduced back in 2012, the Impala is not exactly an old car by any means but in order to remain one of the best selling models in its class, it needs at least a mild update and from the looks of it, the car will definitely receive it with the 2017 Chevrolet Impala.
While there aren’t many official details available for now, it seems that the new model will expand its trim levels and on top of that, it is expected to receive a powertrain update in order to become more efficient and powerful.
Unfortunately though, despite the fact that many rumors suggested a move to the Alpha platform, the Impala will remain based on the same old front wheel drive chassis which is perfectly fine for those looking for an easy to drive and comfortable car but not great for anyone looking for a sportier behavior.
2017 Chevrolet Impala Release date and Price
The new model of the car is expected to be released some time later this year and unlike the previous one, a high performance model is in the works. This will replace the current Chevrolet SS due to the discontinuation from the Australian market.
Design of Chevrolet Impala 2017
The upcoming 2017 Chevrolet Impala is still under wraps but considering GM’s latest models and the fact that the car is not that old, we do expect roughly the same design updates that were done to the Malibu, with its more expressive front end, the all new grille design, the slimmer headlights and the generally more up to date look.
The back of the car will also get a small update with a set of new headlights while the SS model is expected to receive more aggressive front and rear bumpers as well as new wheels, tires and likely a new exhaust system.
Chevrolet Impala Interior
Inside the cabin on the other hand, the Impala is more than likely that it will carry on with the same dashboard design as before.
However, the steering wheel, seats and infotainment system are all going to be new.
Also, the SS model is expected to receive sportier, more supportive seats with more adjusting options as well as a unique trim level with aluminum inserts and unique dashboard illumination.
Engine of 2017 Chevrolet Impala
The 2017 Chevrolet Impala will feature a mix of old and new engines. The base model will continue to use the same 2.5 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 as before, engine which easily makes 196 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque, enough for most people.
Further up the range, the 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 will likely receive an update, so this time around it should make closer to 320 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. This will also receive an optional CNG model which will run on compressed natural gas.
Front wheel drive will be standard for both and both of them will only be available with the same 6 speed automatic as before.
The big change will come for the SS model of the car which has been said to receive GM’s all new 3 liter twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine. In this particular application, this is expected to make up to 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque and unlike the lesser versions of the car, this time around an all wheel drive system as well as an all new 9 speed automatic gearbox are expected to be used.
Performance wise, the SS has been said to be just as fast as the previous V8-powered model with the added benefit of an all wheel drive system and better fuel efficiency.