Reinventing an iconic sedan
Chevrolet completed its North American passenger car lineup transformation at the New York Auto Show with the iconic Impala nameplate. Building on the strong heritage of a name introduced in 1958, the redesigned flagship sedan now comes with modern styling, a more refined interior, user-friendly technology and a promise of 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.
Chevy designers decided on heritage-inspired contemporary design in lieu of nostalgia for the new Impala. The long and low front along with the slim headlamps take form with inspiration from the Camaro. However the top-spec LTZ model conveys a stronger visual statement with its LED daytime running lamps that accent its HID headlamps. The new Impala will roll on 18-inch wheels standard and an upgrade option of up to 20-inch wheels as an option.
The new Impala will be built on the same Epsilon II global platform as used in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2013 Cadillac XTS and the now defunct Saab 9-5. The transverse layout chassis will feature three front-wheel drive engines, an Ecotec 2.4-liter DOHC with eAssist hybrid system pushing out 182hp and 233Nm of torque; an Ecotec 2.5-liter DOHC pushing out 195hp and 253Nm of torque; and the powerhouse 3.6-liter V6 VVT DI pushing out 303hp and 358Nm of torque.
The 2014 Impala offers a comprehensive suite of standard and available safety features. It employs advanced technologies – including radar - to help avoid crashes. Visual and audible alerts help drivers identify potential crash situations and even intervene when a crash threat appears more imminent.
The Impala goes on sale for the North American market in early 2013 as the 10th generation of the industry’s most enduring nameplates. The Impala was America’s best-selling full-size sedan for 2011, with more than 171,000 units sold. Chevrolet could use a flagship sedan like this for our market provided it is sold at an attractive price.