The first assembly line for the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala is now up and running, and the first models are already headed toward U.S. dealerships. The brand’s range-topping sedan is then expected to go on sale before the end of the month, providing a benchmark ownership experience enhanced by features like a spacious cabin that was developed using GM-exclusive technologies.
Among them: A unique “spaciousness calculator” that measures customer perceptions of the vehicle interior. Used in conjunction with cutting-edge computer-modeling tools, digital human-ergonomics models and the automaker's 3D Cave Automated Virtual Environment, that spaciousness tool led to a number of specific changes to the interior of the 2014 Chevy Impala. As compared to the current Impala, the fully redesigned model:
- Delivers enough additional front-seat travel to provide almost two additional inches of driver legroom
- Serves up a standard telescoping steering-wheel column
- Boasts a center console engineered for increased driver knee room
- Relies on a longer wheelbase, with a new front-seat design that allows an extra two inches of legroom for rear-seat occupants
- Increases trunk space to almost 19 cubic feet—enough room for four golf bags
And notably, the same virtual design work also helps to lower development costs, as pointed out by George Majderic, an engineering group manager in GM’s Vehicle Architecture department: “These new tools, the latest in automotive design, allowed us to make improvements more quickly and efficiently than on previous Impala models—improvements we’re sure Impala customers will appreciate.”