Name the most generic, boring car you’ve ever had the displeasure to drive. Or ride in.
I’ll go first: a Chevy Impala.
For the sake of full disclosure, I’ll admit the only Impala I’ve ever driven (or hitched a ride in) came from the fleet of a rental company. Right off the bat that means I got the most boring version of what might be the most boring car ever made. In my humble opinion, GM may as well have put a brown paper sack on wheels and called it good.
So news of a new 2014 Impala doesn’t necessarily instill feelings of great anticipation. Maybe, though, I’ll be surprised.
We don’t have much to go on right now, other than a couple of Facebook teaser photos. A shark fin up top, heavy chrome trim and a chrome-and-wood-colored interior don’t do a whole lot to increase excitement.
Autoblog raises my curiosity, though, saying that this news about the Impala
comes on the heels of last week’s announcement by General Motors that it plans to replace the Impala in its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series effort with a new nameplate that will also see a production model offshoot, leading to renewed speculation that the automaker will not only sell a new full-size Impala, but potentially a large rear-wheel drive sedan to offer as well, possibly based on the company’s Zeta platform that underpins the Holden Commodore and recently introduced Chevrolet Caprice PPV law enforcement special.
There we go! That’s something to get excited about.
The new Impala will debut at the New York Auto Show along with the next Chevy Traverse, which is GM’s choice to serve the U.S. market in place of the all-new TrailBlazer (above), which is a diesel-powered 7-seater headed for nearly everywhere but here. The TrailBlazer sounds to me like a great choice for American Chevy dealers to peddle, but apparently GM believes there is no need for another 3-row SUV in its lineup here.
Which new Chevy would you be most interested in: Impala, Caprice, Traverse or TrailBlazer?