Chevrolet has finally pulled the covers off their all-new 2014 Impala at the 2012 NY Auto Show, completing the transformation of their portfolio of vehicles in the United States. The new Chevrolet Impala brings with it more luxurious styling, a greatly improved interior, more technology, and according to Chevrolet, an exhilarating driving experience.
“The 2014 Impala re-establishes this iconic Chevrolet nameplate as a design leader, with bold styling that will turn heads for years to come,” said Mark Reuss, President, GM North America. “The team has also delivered the comfort, safety, fuel efficiency and technology that will strengthen Impala’s leadership in the highly competitive full-size sedan market.”
Designed on an award-winning global platform, the 2014 Impala introduces new levels of comfort, refinement and technology. The all-new exterior design represents the next evolution of Chevrolet’s design vocabulary, featuring sculpted body sides, standard 18-inch wheels and projector-beam headlamps, with HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps standard on LTZ models. The front end is reminiscent of the Camaro, while the side profile and rear have a very Audi-like look.
Impala’s three powertrains all feature fuel-saving direct injection technology and will be mated to six-speed automatic transmissions. The Ecotec 2.4L engine is rated a 182 horsepower and works with the eAssist system to provide electrical assist in certain situations to return an estimated 35 MPG.
The Ecotec 2.5L is part of a new family of four-cylinder engines developed with increased efficiency and greater refinement. It is estimated to put out 195 horsepower, with fuel economy specifics not given. The 3.6L V-6 is expected to put out 303 horsepower.
The four-cylinder powertrains will also offer active noise cancellation to keep the cabin quiet.
The all-new interior evolves the dual-cockpit theme seen in the Malibu and Cruze for a flowing design and integrated center stack that incorporates an available eight-inch touch screen for Chevrolet MyLink media connectivity system. Like the 2013 Malibu, the screen will fold up to reveal a hidden storage compartment. We noticed heated/cooled seat switchgear, as well as what looks like a small projection system onto the windshield for the adaptive cruise control.
Every area inside has nicely textured materials, with key touch points having a soft, stitched leather material. The rear seat was much more spacious than the current model, with long seat cushions and plenty of knee and leg room.
The 2014 Impala will feature 10 standard air bags and OnStar, along with available features including full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear camera and rear-park assist.
The 2014 Impala will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, with assembly at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich., and Oshawa, Ontario facilities. Pricing will be announced later.