New-Gen Chevy Impala Hybrid Caught Testing

Automotive spy photography firm Brenda Priddy & Co. caught GM engineers testing the Eco version of the Impala.

The Impala Eco will offer a four-cylinder engine, mated to a low-energy hybrid system, with an anticipated 35 mpg in highway driving.

The 10th generation of the Impala will go on sale early 2013 as a 2014 model, and this will be the first to offer a mild hybrid powertrain system in the shape of what GM calls eAssist.

The prototype caught in pictures, wears a newly styled grille with styling cues linking to the Chevy Volt’s grille. Aside from this new grille and the “Eco” badge on the trunklid, the prototype does seem to be style-wise just like its regular, non-hybrid version.

This mirrors the strategy used by Toyota for its Camry lineup, where the hybrid version is details apart visually from its regular sibling.

The revised Impala will be built both at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich., and Oshawa, Ontario facilities. Prices have yet to be announced.

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  • MrEnergyCzar

    It looks a lot like a Camaro…..

    MrEnergyCzar

  • Max Reid

    Excellent. Large car with a V4 engine.

    Gone were the days when Impala SS had V8 engine.
    Hope they sell well.

    On another front, Ford is going to introduce Focus with V3 engine in USA next year. Already 3 models in Europe are slated to go with this engine.

  • Tony Tan

    Buick Lacrosse
    Buick Regal
    Chevy Malibu
    Chevy Impala

    Good that the GM is able to apply e-assist in the 4th model, perhaps this to GM as what is HSD (Hybrid Synergy Drive) is to Toyota.

  • Van

    The E-assist is a well designed start/stop system that boosts mileage. But to equate it with the HSD of Ford and Toyota is over the top. Soon the 2013 Fusion (Sept) will hit the market and offer about 37 Hwy mileage with Ford’s start/stop and their hybrid will get perhaps 44 MPG highway, and even more (47) city.

    And if the Fusion is too small, consider the ES300 h, which would be bigger than the impala, and gets almost 40 MPG with a 200 hp HSD.

    Point is start stop is certainly a nifty step forward, but even bigger steps are needed in the future, i.e. plug-in hybrids with a 20 mile EV range.

  • perfectapproach

    Meh. Non-news. Cars get updated all the time. Not exactly thrilled with the idea of a 4-popper in a full-size offering, but with technology like direct-injection and variable-valve-geometry, it MIGHT be commensurate with the low-end Impala’s of old. Mazda seems to be pulling it off with Sky-Activ. There should be a V8 somewhere in the lineup though. Or at least a big (3.5L+) supercharged V6.

    Whatever. Stop-start technology is just BARELY worthy of hybridcars.com these days anyway. Real news would be seeing the Voltec powertrain developed for more cars than just the Volt (and maybe the upcoming ELR). News would be different classes of Voltec powertrains that varied in performance that could be used in a range of applications (low HP applications for small cars, higher HP applications for better speed/torque performance). Stop-start is old news, comparatively.

  • Ryan

    Four cylinder engines don’t usually come in V format, they are inline. There have been very few exceptions to this rule, with Yamaha motorcycles currently being one of the few. And Ford’s ecoboost 3 also isn’t V style, it’s inline.