- General Motors has announced that pricing for the bi-fuel capable 2015 Chevrolet Impala will start at $38,210.
- Although EPA mileage estimates are not yet finalized, GM says the Impala's combined range on both CNG and gasoline is about 500 city miles.
- The bi-fuel 2015 Chevrolet Impala is expected to begin arriving in dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2014.
DETROIT — General Motors has announced that pricing for the bi-fuel capable 2015 Chevrolet Impala will start at $38,210, including an $825 destination charge.
That price, GM spokesperson Emily Moran told Edmunds, compares to $27,735, including a destination charge of $825, for the base gasoline-powered 2015 Chevrolet Impala LS.
As previously reported by Edmunds, the introduction of the bi-fuel Impala makes Chevrolet the only manufacturer in North America to produce a full-size sedan that can run on both compressed natural gas (CNG) and gasoline.
The bi-fuel 2015 Impala will be available in the fourth quarter of 2014, in both base LS and upmarket LT trim. Either way, it will come with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 230 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of torque when running on CNG. Said Moran: "That's about 88 percent of the horsepower produced when running on gasoline."
The vehicle's trunk-mounted CNG tank holds the equivalent of 7.8 gallons, which GM says should provide about 150 miles of city driving on CNG alone. The Impala is designed to run first on CNG and then, once that tank is empty, switch automatically to gas. A dashboard switch allows the driver to select either of the fuel sources manually.
Although EPA mileage estimates are not yet finalized, GM says that based on its testing, the Impala's combined range on both fuels is expected to be about 500 city miles.
In addition to producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions than either gasoline or diesel, CNG is also cheaper. According to GM, at current prices CNG will save about $1.25 compared to a gasoline-equivalent gallon of fuel.
GM notes that the 2015 Chevrolet Impala, including the bi-fuel system, is covered by its standard three-year/36,000-mile limited bumper-to-bumper warranty and five-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. And, although not yet certified, the vehicle is expected to meet all EPA and California Air Resources Board emissions certification requirements.
A number of manufacturers, including GM, produce light trucks or commercial vehicles powered by CNG for the U.S. market. Although several automakers are working on CNG passenger-car models, for now direct competition to the bi-fuel 2015 Chevrolet Impala is scarce. Its closest competitor at the moment is probably the 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas, priced at 27,430, including a $790 destination fee.
Edmunds says: Consumers looking for a CNG-powered passenger car will find the bi-fuel 2015 Chevrolet Impala to be one of the few available choices.