The front end design of the prototype is unmistakably Chevy, with a strong resemblance to the latest Chevy Tahoe and Suburban SUV's. A close inspection of the tape across the grille emblem shows the Chevy bowtie shape clearly outlined.

Full-Size Chevy FWD Sedan

Chevy’s full-size front wheel drive sedan, the Impala, was given a major facelift for the 2006 model year. Now our spy photographer has captured an all-new Chevy full-size FWD sedan undergoing high temperature testing in the US southwest. Is this the next generation Chevy Impala?

The front end design of the prototype is unmistakably Chevy, with a strong resemblance to the latest Chevy Tahoe and Suburban SUV’s. A close inspection of the tape across the grille emblem shows the Chevy bowtie shape clearly outlined. So no question, this is a Chevy. A quick dive under the car confirms that the car is front wheel drive. Seeing the prototype parked right next to a current model Chevy Impala also shows that it is both wider and longer than the Impala. So this much is certain.

Other aspects of the prototype, however, raise some questions. The shape of the roofline and rear of the car bear a strong resemblance to the Buick Lucerne. Perhaps this Chevy will share some of the Lucerne’s structure? One can also note the European style turn signal lamps on the front fenders, behind and above the front wheels. But this can’t be a European model, due to the US-sized cutout for the rear license plate. And the car is equipped with Hankook Optima tires, commonly used by Korean cars but not Chevys. Headlights and taillights give no help in identifying the car, since they are merely cobbled up parts screwed onto the prototype and not production items at all. So what is it? Most likely guess is the next Impala, but it’s impossible to know for sure.

Photos include:

  • 2 photos of the prototype.

  • 1 photo collage showing the car being very quickly turned around and driven away from the spy photographer.

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