2015 Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition in the Works | Edmunds

2015 Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition in the Works

SAN DIEGO — The 2015 Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition, a sinister-looking full-size sedan with blacked-out features, could arrive in Chevrolet showrooms in four or five months.

The limited-edition Impala is based on the Impala Blackout concept that debuted a month ago at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. That car put the emphasis on blacked-out styling cues designed to give the Impala a menacing look.

"We are trying to get it (built) for this model year," Steve Majoros, Chevrolet's marketing director for cars and crossovers, told Edmunds recently.

If everything falls into place, the car could arrive "maybe late this spring. We are calling it 'Midnight Edition.'"

Chevrolet has provided no word yet on pricing.

Majoros said the car will feature a blacked-out grille, black bowtie in the center of the grille and a restyled steering wheel.

"Blacked-out is a huge trend," he said. "You see so many smoked gray wheels, black wheels."

Tricked out this way, "the Impala looks gorgeous," according to Majoros.

The Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Taurus, Dodge Challenger and Charger are among a wide range of cars and crossovers offering blacked-out features.

The Impala Midnight Edition is expected to mirror the concept car, adopting the concept's black grille surround and rear spoiler, painted mirror caps and 19-inch aluminum wheels. The all-black, leather-trimmed interior will feature sport pedals and possibly custom trim plates with a wire-mesh pattern.

Many of the items used to create the Midnight Edition are available as Chevrolet accessories.

"We kind of raided the parts bin," Majoros said.

The concept car is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque.

The Impala competes with the Hyundai Azera, Kia Cadenza and Toyota Avalon.

Edmunds says: Automakers keep looking for ways to create a buzz for their models. The Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition is a good example of that strategy.

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