First Chevrolet Impala SS in 25 years produced in Texas (U.P.I. 2/23/94)

   The first Chevrolet Impala SS since 1969, which bears little

resemblance to its forebear, rolled off the General Motors

Arlington, Texas, assembly line Tuesday.

    Derived from the Chevrolet Caprice, the Impala has a

260-horsepower Corvette V8 engine under the hood and is the first

four-door to use the name.   The 1994 model features

monochromatic black paint with black-on- black emblems,

body-colored moldings, a new grille and rear deck spoiler and

subtly shaped rear quarter windows.

    The 5.7-liter LT1 V8 is the same powerplant used in the

Corvette engine bay in 1992 and uses GM's

electronically-controlled 4L60-E four- speed automatic

transmission. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and dual air bags

also are standard.

    ''We already have more than 5,000 dealer orders,'' said Jeff

Hulbert,Chevrolet's general marketing manager. ''The Impala SS is

a very appealing, unique blend of power, handling and style.''

    Chevrolet first used the Impala name on a production car as a

trim option on the 1958 Bel Air, and the package became a

separate model the following year. It came in both coupe and

sedan versions.