For enthusiasts still wishing Chevrolet built a full-sized sedan that offered a sinister attitude, a potent powerplant, room for five, and a galloping South African antelope on its flanks like the long-departed Impala SS, fear no more as your car is officially on its way. Chevrolet unveiled several styling concepts at the 2014 SEMA show, including the 2015 Impala Blackout. Featuring all-black, monochromatic paint with matching black wheels, a black bow-tie, and unique trim appointments featuring leather and stainless steel touches, the Impala Blackout was among the cars on display that seemed closest to becoming a production model.
We’ve just heard a rumor that it might actually see the light of day, thanks to insight from Edmunds.com. According to the Chevrolet brand’s marketing director for cars and crossovers, Steve Majoros, told Edmunds that it could come in late spring, and that it will be called “Midnight Edition.”
Majoros was quoted as saying, “We are trying to get it (built) for this model year, if everything falls into place, the car could arrive maybe late this spring. We are calling it ‘Midnight Edition.'” He continued, “blacked-out is a huge trend,” he said. “You see so many smoked gray wheels, black wheels.”
Although the power rating slightly outclasses the LS4-powered front-wheel driver last seen in 2009, it far exceeds the LT1 model from the ’90s by 45 ponies. The downfall is peak torque output. Let’s be honest, this car isn’t intended to be a boulevard bruising sedan – if you want that, look into the Chevy SS sedan.
Rick Seitz is the owner and founder of GMEFI Magazine, and has a true love and passion for all vehicles. When he isn’t tuning, testing, or competing with the brand’s current crop of project vehicles, he’s busy tinkering and planning the next modifications for his own cars.