The 1960's Impala was the closest Detroit ever came to a car that was everything to everybody, selling more than a million copies in 1965. That's an impossible task for a four-wheeled machine to accomplish today.
But the dream name survives on what is now a super-refined Lumina, built on a much-modified Pontiac Grand Prix platform. Viewed from the outside, the 2000 Impala is not the biggest passenger car Chevy sells. But it's big inside.
Equipped with its powerful 3.8-liter V6, the new Impala is a quick car, more spunky than the six-seat models from Toyota, Dodge, Ford and Buick. And with unique suspension tuning, this new Chevy Impala is not the wallowing boat of the '60s Impalas.
Badged for the 2000 model year, the Impala is Chevy's first new millennium car. But it began to arrive at dealers in early April 1999.