The 2012 Chevrolet Impala may have the oldest “bones” of any current production sedan, but it’s not quite ready to put those bones in the graveyard yet…
GM’s direct-injected 3.6L V-6, best-known for its applications in the Cadillac CTS and Chevrolet Camaro, makes an appearance here in transverse-mount form. The numbers? 302 horsepower, 252 lb-ft of torque, 18mpg city, 30mpg highway. A six-speed automatic transmission, as found in other GM (and Ford) products, drives the wheels.
It’s an 89-horsepower boost over last year’s standard 3.5 V-6 at a roughly equivalent mileage figure. It won’t run like the late, lamented 5.3 V-8 SS — there’s an eighty pound-foot difference in the torque figure — but look for it to be quick enough to take on the rest of the mid-sized dragstrip warriors such as the Camry V-6 and Sonata Turbo.
According to GMInsideNews, “The 2012 Impala starts at $25,645 for the LS trim, up $1,150 from the 2011 model. The LT trim starts at $27,170, and the LTZ starts at $30,185.” No word on what the rental agencies and police departments will actually pay.
If you have a flyaway trackday coming up, however, now’s the time to call ahead and make sure that an Impala, rather than an Altima or Optima, is waiting for you at the end of the aisle.