The last Monte Carlo has been made back in 2007 as the two-door version of the Impala. Throughout the years the car changed dramatically and from a two-door performance luxury car, it became more of a personal executive coupe. Unfortunately its last models were not as successful as GM would have hoped. Some of its problems included the lack of power, a rather loose chassis, and sub-par interior commodities. Since 2007 not much has been said about the Monte Carlo but it now seems that a successor might be on its way. The rumored 2016 Chevrolet Monte Carlo would be showcased sometimes at the end of the year and like before, it would share a lot of components with the Impala.
Chassis and running gear
However, GM doesn’t really need such a car considering that they have the Camaro as well as the ATS. However, the two are quite expensive and both of them are high-performance rear-wheel drive models. Instead, the rumored Monte Carlo would use the front wheel drive platform of its four-door sibling. This should allow for more interior space and a more relaxed driving character. In fact, it would become the perfect competitor for the Accord Coupe, a car which has been selling quite well lately. Its price is still unknown at this point and not much else is known. However, considering the price of the Impala, the rumored Monte Carlo would have to cost around $25,000 to be successful.
2016 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Design
We know that this is a rather low price but people are not looking at expensive sedans or coupes these days. Instead, the 2016 Chevrolet Monte Carlo would have all the necessary perks for a car to be successful at that price. Because it will use the Impala chassis it means it will be quite wide and quite long. However, GM would likely offer a lower body in order to make it a bit more attractive. On top of that, we expect the car to feature a very similar front end to the current Impala while having a much more striking rear.
Chevy Monte Carlo 2016 Interior
Even though the rumored Monte Carlo would be a two-door car, it would definitely offer five fully-fledged seats. Like we said, this would be possible thanks to the Impala’s chassis. We expect the car to have pillar-less window frames and large doors which would create the illusion of open space. On top of that, the interior, as well as the seats, should be on par with what the Impala currently has to offer. The lower price tag would likely mean that it will offer less but that’s to be expected with a car like this.
Engine and transmission
The base model of the rumored 2016 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is expected to receive a 2.5 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 with 195 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque. This is not the most powerful or the most efficient engine out there. However, on the lighter Monte Carlo, it should be able to achieve over 21 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. On top of that, a 0 to 60 MPH time of around 8.5 seconds should be possible.
The top of the range version of the car, on the other hand, will most likely get the 3.6 liters naturally aspirated V6. This engine currently makes on the Impala a healthy 305 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. In any case, front wheel drive should be the only option. The transmission of choice, for both engines, will very likely be the 6 speed automatic from the Impala. This is a fast and smooth transmission which is very rewarding to drive thanks to its crisp gear changes.