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The Chevrolet Impala has a long and storied history dating back to 1958. In 2000, the Impala name would assume a general-purpose role in the Chevrolet line-up when it replaced the Lumina moniker. Serving as a drastic change, this revival of the Chevrolet Impala came on a front-wheel drive propelled by a V-6 engine. Originally powered by a 3.4 liter engine generating 180 horsepower, the 2004 model year Impala was given a stronger 200-horsepower 3.8 liter powerplant. A return of the Chevrolet Impala SS trim model in 2004 allowed buyers to acquire a supercharged 3.8 liter V-6 with 240 horsepower. The Chevrolet Impala received a major restyling for the 2006 model year that also included a new 3.5 liter V-6 base engine.
The 2006 Chevrolet Impala was given a massive upgrade thanks to a 303-horsepower 5.3-liter V-8 engine. The V-8 powered Chevrolet Impala SS was discontinued after the 2009 model. Starting in 2007, the 3.5-liter engined Chevrolet Impala was designated as FlexFuel compatible. A 3.9 liter V-6 was also available on the 2007 Impala. In 2012, the Chevrolet Impala dropped both of its previous V-6 engines in favor of a 3.6 LFX V-6 powerplant generating 302 horsepower. During the late 2000s, the Chevrolet Impala gained attention in stock car racing when the car served as the basis for Chevrolet’s NASCAR Sprint Cup racing efforts.
From 2007 to 2012, the Chevrolet Impala won the NASCAR Manufacturers’ Championship for all six seasons. A 2014 model year redesign of the Chevrolet Impala would create a larger, more sophisticated looking sedan propelled by intelligent powerplants including one using GM’s eAssist hybrid system.