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Report: Chevy's 2012 Impala Packs 302 Horsepower

2011 Chevrolet Impala LTZ

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It’s no secret that the 2012 Chevrolet Impala will be getting GM’s updated 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. What we didn’t know until General Motors Insider broke the story was how much horsepower that 3.6-liter engine would yield.

According to the 2012 order guide for the Chevrolet Impala, the new six-cylinder engine will be rated at 302 horsepower, or just one horsepower shy of the previous generation’s V-8-equipped Impala SS. Chevrolet discontinued the Impala SS after the 2009 model year, and that car required a 5.3-liter, V-8 engine to generate 303 horsepower.

Perhaps most impressive is that Chevrolet will offer the 3.6-liter V-6 as the standard engine across all trim levels, including the base LS, the mid-level LT and the range-topping LTZ. Look for General Motors to use the same 3.6-liter V-6, possibly with a different horsepower rating, as an optional upgrade to the Buick LaCrosse.

While more horsepower and increased fuel efficiency from a smaller-displacement engine is a good thing, fans of the seventh-generation Impala still lament the move to a front-engine, front-drive configuration. Don’t look for General Motors to bring back the front-engine, rear-drive configuration any time soon, especially if the rumored civilian version of the Chevrolet Caprice Police Interceptor (which features a front-engine, rear-drive layout) is ultimately launched.

[GM Inside News]

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Comments (6)
  1. Better than nothing I guess. At least it will give it an advantage over the Malibu.

  2. Cozmo, it'll be a huge improvement on the Buick as well. The last LaCrosse I drove, with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder, was best described as "horrifyingly slow".

  3. Still butt ugly, though.

  4. Now if they will just put in a seat that you can actually get confortable in, maybe they will have something.

  5. What's the big problem here? Discontinue the current rendition of the Impala and transfer the moniker to the civilian version of the Caprice. Then you'll have your rear-drive Impala. This is a simplistic approach, but those approaches sometimes work.

  6. @norman, it sounds like Chevy will keep the Caprice name for the civilian version of their police interceptor. It does make me wonder if two full-size sedans, one front drive and the other rear drive, are really necessary.

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