Chevrolet is developing a new model that will soon be used by its NASCAR teams. The "Impala" will be dropped at the end of the NASCAR season for a new nameplate. This is possibly the vehicle that former GM product czar Bob Lutz had mentioned a few years ago. Another news tidbit that had caught fans’ attention was the suggestion that the race car will closely resemble the production version.
Chevrolet has also said that it won’t have the Malibu, Spark or Sonic badge and that it will have a new nameplate. Chevy won’t confirm if it will revive any of its nameplates though.
Lutz said years ago that Chevrolet had to have a rear-wheel drive performance sedan to attract buyers to the brand. Back then, Lutz was vice chairman for product development at General Motors. What he described seemed to be a type of spiritual successor to the 1994-1996 Impala SS, says Autonews. That car was distinguished by the Corvette V-8 powering it.
Credit for this highly collectible car goes to Jim Perkins, the former head of Chevrolet. Lutz said that Holden will develop this new generation Impala SS based on the subsidiary's rear-wheel drive architecture.
In 2009, Pontiac had a version named the G8 GTP, which was powered by a 402-hp 6.2-liter V-8. Chevy didn’t get one but that’s probably due to GM’s bankruptcy. In 2011, Chevy showed the Caprice, a V-8-powered sedan from Holden that’s targeted at law enforcement agencies. A demand then resulted for the U.S. civilian version of the Caprice.