ALL-NEW IMPALA DELIVERS PURE AMERICAN DRIVING EXCELLENCE
Since it was first introduced in 1958, Impala has become more than just a car for millions of Americans: it's a passion. A pure American driving excellence.
Impala was conceived, designed and built using a simple, magic formula: provide a good-looking car with more performance, amenities and value than you might expect, all at a Chevy price, and the rest will follow. And that's the same formula used to bring the all-new 2000 Impala to market.
'Today's sedan buyer expects just one thing — everything. And they want it at a fair price,' said Don Parkinson, Impala brand manager. 'Impala is the car they need; it's the car they want; it's the car they deserve. That's what Chevrolet and the ‘magic formula' are all about.'
Parkinson said that Impala is for consumers who are longing for a car they can love again. 'They want a car that satisfies the head while appealing to the heart. A car that's a real choice … not a compromise.'
Chevrolet Impala is available in two sedan trim levels: Impala and Impala LS. Parkinson said that customers will notice throughout both models subtle feature overtones from the long Impala heritage, like the styling lines that stretch across the classic's profile.Total Performance System™
Performance and Chevrolet go hand in hand. That's why Impala offers the Total Performance System™ — a carefully engineered package of components that delivers an impressive combination of solid structure, excellent engine power, fuel efficiency and ride and handling.
'The new Impala lives up to its performance legacy in a way that's right for today. It's a balanced approach that says huge fuel economy penalties don't necessarily accompany great powertrain performance,' said Greg Bellopatrick, Impala chief engineer. 'It proves that a roomy, six-passenger sedan can also be very agile. And it's a testament that superb brake performance is no longer the sole property of the Europeans. This Impala is a totally new breed.'
Impala's standard engine is the proven 3400 SFI V6. This engine offers impressive horsepower and torque and, based on preliminary internal tests, is the most fuel-efficient V6 engine in the midsize car segment. GM's award-winning 3800 V6 is the uplevel engine choice and is one of the segment's most fuel efficient engines with 200 horsepower.
The foundation of the Impala centers around a stiffened chassis and unique extruded aluminum engine cradle. This feature provides an added measure of strength and stiffness to the chassis, in addition to the numerous structural enhancements found throughout the vehicle.
The brake system used on Impala was designed to provide excellent pedal feel, consistent performance (regardless of speed or temperature), low pulsation, excellent rotor wear, long component life and minimized noise. Both Impala Sedan and Impala LS come standard equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes. Antilock brakes (ABS) comes standard on LS and is optional on Impala Sedan.Únparalleled Comfort and Amenities for the Price
Every so often, a car comes along that defies traditional size classifications to offer customers something new, something better. The new Impala is just that car, and it offers unparalleled comfort and amenities in a Chevrolet at a Chevrolet price.
Impala's unique RoomFirst™ interior design maximizes overall roominess, providing true six-passenger comfort. Interior space equals 104.5 cubic feet, exceeding the 102.0 cubic feet of the Lexus LS 400.Impala offers an incredible amount of standard comfort, convenience and security features. A few include:
PASSlock® theft-deterrent system
Power door locks with lockout protection
Power windows with driver's Express-Down and power window lockout
Electric rear window defogger
Remote power trunk opener
Two front cup holders (two in rear seat armrest on LS)
Front and rear power outlets
About Impala's new and unmistakable styling, John Cafaro, Chevrolet chief exterior designer, said the design team set out to develop a style unlike any other sedan. (concept carz) 'We wanted Impala to not simply be a happy, friendly Chevy sedan,' said Cafaro. 'We wanted the car to have just a little more flair to it. A bit more aggressive styling.'
Impala's aerodynamic profile was developed over more than 500 hours in the wind tunnel. The result: a low .31coefficient of drag. This low coefficient of drag contributes to Impala's overall fuel efficiency. EPA fuel estimates for the 3400 V6 are 20 MPG city and 32 highway. EPA estimates for the 3800 V6 are 20 MPG city, 29 highway.Comprehensive Safety Package
'When you compare Impala's list of safety features, then consider its handling and braking prowess and the reliability of its electrical system,' said Gary White, vehicle line executive, 'it's hard to beat Impala's comprehensive approach to safety and security.'Impala's comprehensive Safety Package of crash avoidance, occupant protection and personal security features include:
QRD Features that Matter the Most to Owners
Driver and right front-passenger air bags*
Optional antilock brakes on Impala Sedan, standard on LS
Four-wheel disc brakes
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
Automatic Exterior Headlamp Control
Rear-seat center shoulder safety belt
Optional tire inflation monitoring on Impala Sedan, standard on LS
Optional all-speed Traction Control on Impala Sedan, standard on LS
Child interior trunk release system (optional on both Impala models)
16-inch wheels and tires
Radio Data System (RDS) that can interrupt radio programming, cassette or compact disc listening so important traffic or weather updates are not missed.
The 2000 Impala meets year 2003 government standards for enhanced head-impact protection. Advances in side-impact protection include a driver side-impact air bag (optional on Impala Sedan, standard on LS) that enhances protection to the driver in the event of a side impact. To help absorb the forces generated from a side-impact collision, high-strength steel side door beams are used to augment the side-impact air bag. In the A-pillars and headliner, engineers designed and placed energy-absorbing foam to assist in reducing head injuries.
The customer's interpretation of vehicle quality is a feeling. It's the sense of security the customer gets upon hearing the solid 'thud' of a closing door. To Impala engineers, it is the scientific pursuit to design, engineer and build as near perfect a product as possible through QRD (quality, reliability and durability) measurements.
'By every measure of quality, both the scientific and the subjective,' said Greg Bellopatrick, 'we intend to lead.'
That's why every element of Impala's structure, every design cue, the operation of the most minute controls, even the closing sound of doors have been designed to exacting standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com)
By employing these standards, Impala has compiled a number of features that reduce long-term maintenance costs to the consumer and provide a more overall satisfactory ownership experience. They include:Source - Chevrolet