What’s New: The Chevrolet Impala is all-new for 2014 at the New York Auto Show, riding on a completely redesigned platform that borrows substantially from the Cadillac XTS.
Why It Matters: The 2014 Chevrolet Impala represents an important step forward for the domestic brand in the full-size sedan segment. Although the previous-generation Impala had been selling well to fleet buyers, its long-in-the-tooth design had rendered it a non-starter when up against vehicles like the Ford Taurus and the Dodge Charger.
2014 Chevrolet Impala Debut: Notable Features
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is loaded with advanced safety gear, including a side blind zone alert feature, rear cross traffic alert, a lane departure warning system and adaptive cruise control with auto-braking to avoid a potential forward collision. The Impala that was shown at the 2012 New York Auto Show can also be had with active noise cancellation for a quieter passenger compartment, and opting for Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system installs an eight-inch LCD touchscreen in the dash.
2014 Chevrolet Impala Debut: Styling
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala combines several new elements for the Bowtie brand, including a fresh front grille treatment and a wide stance that was completely absent from the old model. With a profile reminiscent of the Honda Accord, and a rear angle view that recalls recent Hyundai efforts, the Impala doesn’t exactly stand on its own in terms of exterior styling, but inside the vehicle takes a massive leap in materials quality and looks, sliding in alongside similar interior concepts from Buick.
Debut: Under The Hood
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala will be offered with three different engine options. Base model Impalas will comes with GM’s eAssist 2.4-liter, four-cylinder mild hybrid setup that is rated at 182 horsepower and which offers 35-mph highway. A 195 horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a 303 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 will also be available with the Impala. Six-speed automatic transmissions are paired with each drivetrain.
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is up against a varied crop of full-size sedans vying for the family dollar. The recently renewed Ford Taurus is perhaps its closest competitor in spirit, while other vehicles such as the Nissan Maxima, the Toyota Avalon and the Dodge Charger are also on the shopping lists of buyers in this particular segment.
Why We Like It
Chevrolet was in definite need of a modern full-size car to stand at the top of its lineup. The new 2014 Chevrolet Impala fits the bill nicely with its strong combination of conservative good looks, excellent power and fuel efficiency and high tech safety gear
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