What’s already known is that the 2012 Chevrolet Impala sedan gets a boost in horsepower with its new-for-2012 302 horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine and all-new six-speed automatic transmission. What’s news now is the EPA-rated 18 mpg city/30 mpg highway fuel economy the Impala delivers.
Consumers looking at a full-size Impala purchase this year only have one engine and one transmission to select. Gone are the former 3.5- and 3.9-liter V-6s and seriously outdated four-speed automatic.
While this may not seem all that earth-shattering, consider the fact that an all-new Impala won’t be arriving for a while. Even though the last redesign was in 2006 and Impala is more than a little long in the tooth, styling-wise, the move to increase power and simultaneously improve fuel economy is a good strategy.
As we reported earlier, a complete redesign of the Impala probably won’t happen until 2014. So for now, the powertrain and fuel economy improvements will have to suffice. Still, the Impala is a good-selling family sedan for Chevrolet, and there’s definitely a market for this large, comfortable and safe Chevy.
But how will the 2012 Impala do in competition with the revised 2013 Ford Taurus, which is reportedly estimated to achieve 31 mpg highway? As always, the marketplace will decide.