Sightings: 2006 Chevrolet Impala

An evening walk in central Copenhagen led to the discovery of this: a Chevrolet Impala.

2006 Chevrolet Impala in Copenhagen
2006 Chevrolet Impala in Copenhagen

I missed it as I walked within 5 metres of it but caught it as I walked back on the opposite side of the road. Chevrolet launched this version of the Impala in 2006 and it is still in production. It is based on the W-body which dates to 1986 though that platform has been revised a few times since then. It’s made in Canada and features a 3.5 litre V6 driving the front wheels. The grille is determinedly oblong, as characterless as a Fiat Croma II. I noticed the car had a column mounted gearchange but still had a huge centre console taking up the space for a third front seat.

From a design perspective, it’s uncompromisingly bland, not unlike the Toyota Camry I presume it competes with. It is a far cry from the elongated, dramatically steamlined style of the Caprice which is its immediate forerunner. That car carried off American style with a modern set of details whereas this vehicle has little entertainment to justify bothering with the problems that come with American car ownership.

Why is it there? The American embassy is near the photo location so I expect it’s a diplomatic import. A Buick from the same period offers more visual interest than this meaning a rather limited pool of future buyers should the owner choose to abandon it in Copenhagen.

2008 Chevrolet Impala interior: www.
2008 Chevrolet Impala interior: www.

A review here gives the car a qualified endorsement: as expected the car has a soft ride and plenty of power but the handling is ordinary. For a lot of people that might be all the car they need. One interesting point is that the car is described as a six seater, meaning that the centre console might be an option rather than standard. The photo above shows the vehicle without the centre console.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

5 thoughts on “Sightings: 2006 Chevrolet Impala”

  1. There is actually a newer version of the Impala that’s been in production since 2013 but you’re right in saying that this one is still being made. According to the good people at Wikipedia:

    “The ninth generation model remains in production in LS, LT, and LTZ trim until 2016 as a rental, fleet, and police car only under the revised model name Impala Limited. The consolidated plant in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada will continue making the Impala Limited, along with the Chevrolet Equinox”.

    The Caprice however seems to be a completely separate model sold in parallel to the Impala but built on a different platform. I would be curious to know what sets them apart, but not enough to go find out.

  2. I was thinking of the BOF Caprice, known as a New York cab sometimes. There was an Impala version towards the end of its run in the mid ’90s.
    The current one is a rebadged Holden, on sale from 2011 in the US.

  3. Actually this competes with the Toyota Avalon, which is a bigger sedan than the Camry. These are very popular, especially as rental cars here in the States. We have a new Impala which is vastly better than this generation. But I am shocked that a whale like the Impala is seen in Denmark!

  4. Reminds me a little bit of the Peugeot 407 Coupe – specially the rear and the relation between wheelbase and car length.

  5. I can´t bring myself to agree. That said, the 407 coupe´s proportions were unhappy. The Impala´s are none too great either. There´s a car nobody bothers with, the 407 coupe. I should do a linear analysis of that one. No one else will!

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