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GM To Offer 'Limited' Police Chevy Impala In 2014

December 03, 2012  | 

2013 Chevrolet Impala. Photo courtesy of General Motors.
2013 Chevrolet Impala. Photo courtesy of General Motors.

Despite rumors to the contrary, General Motors will continue producing its existing Chevrolet Impala patrol car for law enforcement fleets in 2014, as it introduces a redesigned Impala for retail customers.

Several law enforcement sources had told POLICE that dealers told them the Impala would no longer be available, a scenario a GM spokeswoman called "not correct."

Jacksonville Sheriffs' Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda said the department is now testing the Ford Police Interceptor sedan and Chevrolet Caprice PPV. Bujeda said the local General Motors dealer gave the agency the impression the vehicle would not be available after 2013.

"The GM dealer told us the Impala would be discontinued," Bujeda said. "We were told they weren't definite about whether they could continue offering the police package."

When contacted Monday, the automaker's law enforcement vehicles manager told POLICE its front-wheel drive patrol car will be offered only to fleets, including law enforcement, as the Chevrolet Impala Limited.

"Chevrolet will continue to make the current Chevrolet Impala for the 2014 model year exclusively for fleets, including law enforcement customers," GM's Dana Hammer wrote in an e-mail.

The Impala Limited would continue to be offered with the 3.6-liter, V-6 engine Chevrolet added to the 2012 model-year vehicle that provides additional horsepower and improved gas mileage over the 2011 edition, according to Hammer. The engine will also be offered in the retail 2014 Impala

The police Impala has been somewhat overshadowed by the crop of new patrol cars offered to police agencies, including the Ford P.I. and GM's own Caprice PPV, a rear-wheel drive sedan powered by a standard V-6 or optional V-8 engine.

In April, the automaker unveiled its full-size 2014 Chevrolet Impala sedan for the public at the New York Auto Show that offers a swankier interior, lane-departure alerts, and MyLink communication system. This Impala will be offered in LS, LT, and LTZ trim packages.

In addition to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the Impala patrol car has found favor with the New York Police Department, Philadelphia Police Department, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Police Department.

By Paul Clinton

Related:

Chevy Upgrades Powertrain on 2012 Impala Police

Tags: Chevrolet Impala, Patrol Cars, Jacksonville Sheriff

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Comments (3)

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c.gibbons @ 4/17/2013 1:49 PM

i am an officer and have been for the past thirtynine years i drive a police package v8 caprice it is a very capable vehicle excellent performance and handling,i think it would be a wise choice to offer the new impala in the patrol version and street appearence package patrol vehicle with the the 6 litre or 6.2 litre engine see how sales rise no way ford could beat it .

Aaron @ 6/7/2013 9:27 PM

c.gibbons: you do realize the new Impala is FWD and not RWD or AWD? Not to mention that there is no way that the 6 or 6.2L V8 would fit transversely in the Impala engine bay...and besides, even if they were to make either engine fit transversely, it wouldn't be able be there without making the car extraordinarily nose-heavy, and having the power of either V8 being driven through the front wheels only is a big-time disaster waiting to happen .

HB @ 10/23/2013 1:00 AM

I pray GM will go out of business for producing such a low level police vehicle as the Impala. Try to get in and out of one of those cars. I pray no one is trying to kill me on a traffic stop because between the radio getting hooked on the seatbelt and the holster getting hooked on the steering wheel I'd never get out alive. God help us all. BTW I am 5ft9in and 175lb so it's not like I am a giant. I've been told that I have to learn to stick one leg out and pull myself out of the car by the taller and bigger guys. Really? The Impala is a horrible little car. Also, they are a service nightmare. Need a head gasket anyone? Unfortunately there are few choices left and departments have to go with a cheap alternative to the Ford Crown Victoria.

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