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  Chevrolet Impala SS
 

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Country of origin:United States
Introduced in:2005
Introduced at:2005 LA Auto Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:January 08, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe '06 Impala and Monte Carlo wear a new look, both inside and out, that conveys sophistication and exudes big-car roominess. They also are designed with thoughtful features, including the Impala's unique flip-and-fold rear seat. The forward-flip rear seat cushions create a covered storage area beneath the seat with cushions down and offers convenient grocery bag hooks when the cushions are flipped forward. The seat back also folds down to create a generous pass-through from the trunk when seat backs are folded flat - an exclusive feature in the midsize segment. The seats of both vehicles have a cleaner, simpler and more tailored appearance. Up-level, Nuance leather-covered seating features premium deck seams around their perimeter and French seams on the center cushions. The seats also have firmer cushions and increased lumbar support that provide more comfort, especially during long drives.

The Impala has an all-new instrument panel design that wraps around into the door panels and has a double-hump design that is reminiscent of early Corvettes. All Impala models except the Impala ss offer a wood-trimmed appearance or a sportier, brushed sterling-appearance trim. The Impala ss comes standard with a 'technical'-pattern trim panel.

Monte Carlo models feature a substantially revamped cockpit-style instrument panel with a new instrument layout and control center stack. A sportier shifter with chrome accents also is part of the Monte Carlo 's interior design. Both Impala and Monte Carlo benefit from improved materials throughout the interior and trunk area. Low-gloss trim and tight tolerances provide an overall feeling of quality, while details such as flush-fit HVAC outlets and radio convey precision.

A new family of sophisticated V-6 engines featuring the first use of cam phasing in an overhead-valve engine design leads the powertrain lineups for Impala and Monte Carlo . Impala ss and Monte Carlo ss feature a standard LS4 5.3L small-block V-8 with Displacement On Demand technology. The new 5.3L small-block V-8 with DOD was developed exclusively for front-drive applications and produces 303 horsepower and 323 lb.-ft. of torque with DOD helping to reduce fuel consumption by up to 12 percent in certain light-load driving conditions. All engines are combined with a Hydramatic 4T65-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission. The smooth shifting transmission is renowned for its durability and strength with high-torque engines. The transmission mated with the 5.3L V-8 is further enhanced to match the engine's increased torque output.

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