Redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala rolls out in New York
It's the dramatic redesign and tech details, not raw power, that differentiate this Chevy.
That all changes early next year when the 10th generation of one of the most recognizable names on the road arrives as a 2014 model. It's being revealed Wednesday at the New York Auto Show.
Does it carry the attitude of the 1963 or even the 1996 SS? Not particularly. Rather, this Ford Taurus and Toyota Avalon fighter gets heavily sculptured, upscale-intending styling and some of General Motors' latest ecologically friendly technology, including the eAssist light-electrification system that promises at least 35 mpg on the highway. There are two four-cylinder engines estimated to make 182 hp and 195 hp, and the top-end 3.6-liter V6 pushes out 303 hp. All are paired with six-speed automatic transmissions.
Raw power will not be this Impala's calling card, at least for now, but the design is dramatically different from that of the previous generation, which hasn't been redesigned significantly since the 2006 model year. The 2014 model is marked a by long, domed hood, a detailed grille and optional LED running lights up front. In back, the rear fenders have dramatic haunches, and there is a sloping C-pillar that accentuates the greenhouse. The taillights — always the signature of the Impala — are rather understated.
Technological details, instead of design flourishes, will further differentiate this Chevy, and the car will offer full-speed adaptive cruise control, radar-sensing collision-mitigating braking and alerts to warn the driver of forward collisions, blind spots and lane wanderings.
"This is the most sophisticated Impala to date," vehicle line director Darren Post said.
The interior gets a new take on the Chevy dual-cockpit setting, offering larger dials, an eight-inch touch screen and a 4.2-inch screen in the instrument cluster. It's set off by available ambient lighting, leather and the dash that wraps into the door panels.
"This new Impala re-establishes Impala as the flagship of the Chevrolet line," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevy marketing.
Despite being long in the tooth, the Impala has remained a consistent seller and places third among Chevy cars through the first three months of the year, tallying 50,377 sales. That trails only the much newer Cruze (57,083) and the Malibu (58,550).
The front-wheel-drive car uses a version of the platform that underpins the Cadillac XTS. Proportionally, it looks a bit like a larger version of the 2013 Malibu, and there are a few vague Camaro styling cues plus a hint of the Buick LaCrosse. Clearly, it fits in the Chevy family. The question is, does it fit into yours?
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I expected something sleeker. At first sight, thought it was a Taurus....with a Buick's rear quarter panels. Ugly taillights like the '13 Malibu.