A Way To Save The Four-Door Muscle Car

Shirley Beal

This render concept provides a large, spacious sedan and big power up front for effortless cruising, with inspiration from modern premium sedans.

The Chevrolet Impala gets its name from an antelope native to Africa, a slender and delicate-looking wild herbivore. In contrast, Chevy’s seventh-generation Impala sedan wasn’t delicate in its design – which was like the Caprice – but it was still a sleek thing by today’s standards.

That rounded front end, spacious interior and long rear trunk is iconic, and it’s also the kind of shape we probably won’t see again although the Impala nameplate ran until around 2020.

In 2023 a big, comfortable four-door sports sedan with a V8 engine might be a dying breed though it’s still a recipe popular among gearheads, and the Impala name could get resurrected as an awesome 4-door muscle car to take on the Dodge Charger.

HotCars artist Rostislav Prokop brings the Impala back from the dead in this new set of renders.

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A New Chevy Impala SS Offers A Practical Take On The Muscle Car

2024 Chevrolet Impala SS render, side profile view
HotCars Photo © 2023 Valnet

4-door muscle cars aren’t new – and the Impala SS wasn’t a muscle car either – but it’s a smaller market limited mostly to the Cadillac CT5-V, Chrysler 300C and Dodge Charger for example.

Chevy could offer the 2024 Impala SS as a stretched 4-door version of the Camaro or resurrect the last Impala’s platform but with this new design.

The new Impala SS in the renders has most of the front end from the last (10th) generation Impala with some additions such as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat-inspired double hood scoops and a slightly more aggressive bumper setup than the outgoing car, along with a subtle splitter.

So far so good, and the long silhouette bestows practicality on the Impala, which gets coated in dark green paint to show off its newly-found outgoing nature and blacked-out rear windows.

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Will There Be A 2023 Chevy Impala?

2024 Chevrolet Impala SS render, front quarter view
HotCars Photo © 2023 Valnet

Up back, the flat trunk lid and the LED lights along with the chunky bumper and twin exhaust tips create a muscular vibe that looks more like a muscle car than ever before.

Squint and you can imagine a Tesla Model S or BMW 5-Series from the rear, such is the restrained design of the Impala SS render, but it stays true to the nameplate’s sleeper-style ethos while injecting a little muscle-car-style DNA into the proceedings.

If Chevy brought back an Impala SS it would come with sports-tuned suspension and upgraded brakes, but the engine in this would have to be the Chevy LT4 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 650 hp and 650 lb-ft, twinned with a 10-speed automatic for effortless cruising.

Chevrolet retired the Impala name in 2020 and has no plans to bring it back for the foreseeable future – not surprising seeing as the current trend is for sedans to disappear so automakers can concentrate on SUVs and crossovers which are far more popular and profitable.

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