The Impala was redesigned in 2006 and receives only minor changes for 2007. First, a new 3.9-liter V-6 gets Active Fuel Management. The 3.5-liter V-6 E85 sedans will get a Flex Fuel badge. A tire-pressure-monitoring system is standard. The LT gets standard 16-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels, while the SS gets standard leather-appointed seats and XM Satellite Radio, with XM being optional on LS, LT, and LTZ trims. The generation-7 OnStar system with Turn-by-Turn navigation is standard when the available Directions & Connections service is selected. Also, there are four new exterior shades-Precisions Red, Imperial Blue Metallic, Bordeaux Red, and Red Jewel Tintcoat.
The Impala is, according to Chevrolet, the best-selling domestic sedan, and carries into 2007 with the same four trim levels and three engines. The lineup includes the LS, LT (with a secondary trim choice of 1LT or 2LT), and LTZ, with the SS performance model rounding out the top end.
The LS and LT get the 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 211 hp and 214 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is available as gas-only, or gas and E85 capable. Standard on the LTZ and optional on the LT is the 3.9-liter V-6 with Active Fuel Management, a cylinder-deactivation program that runs the engine in 3-cylinder mode under steady-state driving, but jumps into V-6 operation instantaneously when power is demanded. This is the first time Active Fuel Management has been used on a V-6; all previous usage has been on GM V-8s. Power for the 3.9 is 233 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. If that's still not enough, the 5.3-liter LS4 V-8 engine-only available on the SS and also using Active Fuel Management technology-makes an impressive 303 hp and 323 lb.-ft. of torque, providing power beyond anything the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord can offer. All engines are mated to GM's 4-speed automatic transmission, but a strengthened version is mated to the 5.3-liter in order to handle the V-8's large torque output.
The Impala isn't just about engine performance, though. A comprehensive list of features includes flip-and-fold rear seats standard on LTZ and SS models that include a storage tub underneath, a standard (on all models) AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary input jack for iPods and MP3 players, standard steering wheel-mounted cruise control buttons, remote keyless entry, power door locks/windows/mirrors, a tilt steering column, visors with vanity mirrors, and air conditioning.
The Chevrolet Impala competes in the Large Conventional segment, which consists of 14 models. Buyers in this segment look for performance, comfort, and exterior styling, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Chevrolet Impala (289,868 units sold), Chrysler 300 (143,647), and Dodge Charger (114,201). The Chevrolet Impala's 289,868 sales in 2006 represent an increase of 17.6 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Conventional segment include the Pontiac Grand Prix, Buick Lucerne, Toyota Avalon, Ford Five Hundred, and Nissan Maxima.
|LS||4 speed automatic||$21,015||211-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||21/31|
|LT w/3.5L||4 speed automatic||$21,625||211-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||21/31|
|Police||4 speed automatic||$23,670||233-hp / 3.9L 6-cyl||20/29|
|LTZ||4 speed automatic||$26,435||233-hp / 3.9L 6-cyl||20/29|
|SS||4 speed automatic||$28,040||303-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl||18/27|