It seems that America really does love the Impala (named after the African Antelope – we’re guessing that Chevy saw it as giving it some sort of dynamism) – it has been one of the best-selling models (not just Chevrolet’s) for years – that’s probably why Chevrolet keep producing them. Wouldn’t you if you were wearing Chevy’s shoes?
Same Old, Same Old
|Contents||It looks as though Chevrolet will stick with the same routine – some minor mechanical updates and a few design changes.
We think that the 2018 model will have an updated grille, front and rear bumpers and lighting – both at the front and rear, and that will be about it for the styling – it’s an easy update and very cost-effective; making it look like a new model without actually spending the dollars to make it entirely new. Most manufacturers pull this trick a few times in the life of any one model, unless it’s so unpopular that they can it in short-order (we can think of a few models that it has happened to).
As regards the mechanical changes, we are fairly sure that Chevy will introduce an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission, but it’s unclear if that will be fitted across the range (including the base model) or if it will only be available further up the model range or with just the bigger engine.
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Speaking of engines… again, it is looking like Chevrolet won’t be fitting anything new here either, keeping the current line-up. This means a choice between 2.5 liter 4-cylinder with 195 BHP and 186 lb/ft of torque or upgrading to the better specced 3.6 liter V6 which makes 305 BHP and 264 lb/ft of torque – that’s a bit more like it!
If Chevrolet don’t choose to use the 9-speed auto transmission across the range, it should mean that the lower end of the range gets the older 6-speed auto transmission. Personally, we think that Chevy will use the newer transmission in all models – it gives a big boost to economy figures and Chevrolet need that to lower their overall global emissions. That’s where our money would be in a bet.
Safety Ratings Of The New Impala 2018
There are no current IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) ratings for the new model yet, although they have done some preliminary testing which gave good results. The current model has the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus status, but that’s only because it has the automatic emergency braking – we don’t think this will be fitted on the base model, so it’s unlikely that the base version will get that status, although by all accounts, it will get its fair share of safety equipment.
We don’t know what is fitted as standard, or what will be optional or even what will only be available further up the model range, but we do know that equipment will include the automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with possible steering assist, rear cross-traffic alerts, forward collision warning (although let’s be honest … you should be able to see any accident about to happen!) and numerous other safety picks.
It’s a similar story on the inside also – some minor updates, mainly to the actual trim materials but little else will change. The Impala has been criticized in the past for being a bit low-rent inside, especially the hard-plastic trims. We think that Chevrolet will take the opportunity to update these a little, perhaps swapping them out for the soft-touch plastics. Or at least we hope so!
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Is 2018 Chevrolet Impala Coming Soon?
The 2018 Chevrolet Impala should make its debut around June of this year, with deliveries happening in the July, we wouldn’t expect it to be much later than that.
As for pricing, Chevy haven’t confirmed anything, but we are pretty confident that it won’t rise much above the current $28,375 for the base model. The fully-loaded flagship should remain around the same as well, so expect prices to be in the region of $36,000 if you want the Rockstar version.
The current competition includes the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and the Kia Cadenza, all priced in a similar bracket so Chevy won’t want to jeopardize their current market leader status for the sake of a few dollars on one model – it just doesn’t make sense for them to do that.
Overall, it will be more of the same, but that’s no bad thing when it comes to the Impala – it’s a great vehicle and does everything you’d want it to and more. As the old saying goes … if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
What do you think to the new 2018 Impala? Have Chevy missed a trick by not updating it? Or are they doing the right thing to wait for another year or so? Let us know in the comments.
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