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A new power train for the 2012 Chevrolet Impala

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Khatir Soltani
One of’s forum editors has received confirmation from several sources that the 2012 Chevrolet Impala will feature a new 3.6-litre V6 engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission.

They will become the exclusive option, replacing the current 3.5- and 3.9-litre V6 mills and four-speed autobox. The 2012 variant likely won’t be undergoing any other major changes.

2011 Chevrolet Impala (Photo: General Motors)

Amid GM’s product range, the Impala and Buick Lucerne are the only two that still use overhead valve V6 engines. The Impala also still rides on the W-Body platform dating back to 1988 and once used for more than a dozen of the automaker’s products.

The current mechanical setup doesn’t allow the inclusion of a six-speed transmission, which would change with the 2012 model and its 3.6-litre V6. This is what prompted the engine swap before the complete overhaul of the model, slated for 2013.

Source: GM Inside News

Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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