While the demise of Pontiac has in turn sealed the fate of the Holden-sourced G8 sedan, the recent announcement of a Chevrolet Caprice police pursuit vehicle (PPV) has sparked new interest in Australian models among the American public.
It seems GM is not ignorant to this fact either with Vice President Chevrolet Global brand, Brent Dewar, hinting that a retail version of the Caprice is being considered.
In a webchat on GM’s own FastLane blog, Mr Dewar went on to explain that while no firm plans are yet in place, the brand is working on a new generation Impala which could find its roots at Holden.
“The announcement for the Caprice is currently only as a police patrol cruiser. It will be RWD with a 6.0L V8. We have not made any firm plans yet on a retail version of the Caprice. That said, we are working on a nextgen Impala that [will] come in above the Malibu. More to come….”
Reading between the lines, it seems Chevrolet is considering adopting Holden’s WM long wheelbase range as the new generation Impala.
If this is the case, then the Caprice will represent the luxury flagship for Chevrolet alongside the Corvette and Australian-developed Camaro.
In the same webchat, Mr Dewar also confirmed that a convertible version of the Chevrolet Camaro has been privately revealed to dealers this week although a specific launch date is yet to be decided upon with the brand instead focussing on filling orders for the Coupe.
Lastly, Chevrolet also confirmed that no official decision has yet been made on a possible Camaro Z28 flagship model; although according to Mr Dewar there is “lots of excitement to do it….so stay tuned.”