Chevrolet revealed the new 2014 Impala at the Auto Show in New York. It will be available with three direct injection engines so that everybody is satisfied. The entry level is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder capable of developing 180 horsepower and 233 Nm of torque. Then there is the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that generates 195 horsepower and 253 Nm of torque. The top of the range is represented by a 3.6-liter V6 engine capable of developing 303 horsepower and 358 Nm of torque. All the output will be sent to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission system. The model now features a more aggressive look. The exterior was reshaped and now it runs on 18-inch wheels. On the inside the carmaker also did a lot of changes. At the beginning of next year the model will go on sale.
Chevrolet completes the transformation of its North American passenger car lineup with the introduction of the all-new 2014 Impala. The redesigned flagship sedan builds on the strong heritage of the Impala nameplate by offering expressive style, a more-refined interior, easy-to-use technology, and what is expected to be 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."
The all-new Impala goes on sale in early 2013 as the 10th generation of one of the industry's most enduring ? and popular ? nameplates. Impala was America's best-selling full-size sedan in 2011, with sales of more than 171,000, which also made it one of the 10 best-selling cars overall in the United States, along with Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze.
"This all-new Impala delivers on our promise that every new car that wears the Chevrolet bowtie will embody the pioneering spirit that has defined the brand for more than a century." said Chris Perry, vice president, global Chevrolet marketing. "With the striking new design and the right mix of comfort, technology and efficiency, we have recaptured the magic that attracted millions of consumers to the Impala nameplate for decades."
Designed on an award-winning global platform, the 2014 Impala introduces new levels of comfort, refinement and technology. Highlights include:
The 2014 Impala brings a new aesthetic to Impala that honors the cues that have helped distinguish the classic nameplate for decades.
"Our design team was challenged to create a new classic, but that didn't mean relying on nostalgia," said John Cafaro, director of North America passenger car exterior design. "This is very much a contemporary car, with design elements, craftsmanship and attention to detail that complement its advanced technology and performance."
The Impala's long, low proportion has a wind-swept profile that suggests motion, while the range of 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels is tailored to the body to provide that "just right" stance. At the front, low-profile projector-beam headlamps ? or HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps on LTZ ? sweep around the corners and frame a wide grille, while a power dome hood conveys performance. The LTZ's LED daytime running lamps provide a contemporary visual statement, along with function.
Sculpted coves in the body sides add to the Impala's design drama, with a signature cue in the rear fenders that acknowledges classic Impala designs. The long greenhouse area enhances the sleek look of the car while maintaining excellent visibility.
The 2014 Impala builds on Chevrolet's signature dual-cockpit interior with greater attention to detail and upscale features ? seen in everything from the wraparound flow of the instrument panel into the door panels and the available ambient lighting, to the soft feel of the materials and the premium appearance of the seats' stitching.
The instrument panel integrates a new instrument cluster with a standard 4.2-inch color display with reconfigurable features for the driver information center. The eight-inch touch screen with concealed storage behind it is matched with the available Chevrolet MyLink system.
Comfort and refinement
The 2014 Impala's comfort and refinement are rooted in a stronger body structure, designed to foster a quieter passenger environment and a greater overall feeling of quality. The stiffer architecture also enabled engineers to tune the ride and handling more precisely, for a greater feeling of control and comfort. A comprehensive package of sound-absorbing, sound-suppressing and even active noise cancellation (on four-cylinder models) contributes to the 2014 Impala being Chevrolet's quietest full-size sedan ever.
Premium materials throughout the interior and details such as high-quality fabric, Ultrasuede and perforated leather appointments, complement the quiet environment and give the Impala a substantive look and feel. The seats are bolstered for greater support, and the seat cushions are designed to deliver a firm, premium feel that is just as comfortable on a 500-mile drive as on a five-minute excursion. The rear-seat head restraints fold to improve rear visibility when driving without rear passengers.
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 available safety features and benefits include firsts for Chevrolet and Impala:
These advanced crash-avoidance technologies complement the Impala's other safety features ? including 10 standard air bags and OnStar.
Performance and driving experience
Impala's three powertrains all feature fuel-saving direct injection and lightweight components.
All of Impala's engines are matched with six-speed automatic transmissions.
The powertrains are the force behind Impala's responsive driving experience, which is tuned for a spirited, yet comfortable performance. A MacPherson-strut front suspension and four-link rear suspension underpin the Impala, with an isolated front cradle and hydraulic ride bushing that help deliver a smoother, quieter ride. All models feature an electric variable-assist steering system that helps save fuel by drawing energy only when the steering wheel is turned.
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.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
2014 CHEVROLET IMPALA PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
Model: 2014 Chevrolet Impala
Body style / driveline: front-drive front-engine four-door five- passenger sedan
EPA vehicle class: full-size
Manufacturing location: Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich.; Oshawa, Ontario
Key competitors: Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Azera
Ecotec 2.4L DOHC I-4 w/ eAssist
Ecotec 2.5L DOHC I-4
3.6L V-6 VVT DI
Displacement (cu in / cc): 145.4 / 2384 150 / 2457 217 / 3564
Fuel delivery: direct injection direct injection direct injection
Horsepower(hp / kW @ rpm):182 / 134 @ 6200 (est.) 195 / 145 (est.) 303 / 226 @ 6800 (est.)
Torque(lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm): 172 / 233 @ 4900 (est.)187 / 253 (est.)264 / 358 @ 5300 (est.)
Recommended fuel: regular unleaded regular unleaded regular unleaded
Transmission: six-speed automatic six-speed automatic six-speed automatic
Suspension (front): MacPherson strut
Suspension (rear): multi-link with coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering type:electric variable-assist rack-and-pinion
Turning circle (ft / m):38.8 / 11.75
Brakes split, dual-circuit four-wheel-disc with power assist
Wheelbase (in / mm):111.7 / 2837
Overall length (in / mm): 201.3 / 5113
Overall width (in / mm):73 / 1854
Overall height (in / mm): 58.9 / 1496
Track (in / mm):front: 62.2 / 1580 ; rear: 62 / 1576
Curb weight (lb / kg): 3800 / 1723 (est. ? LT model w/ V-6)
EPA interior volume (cu ft / L):123.8 / 3505
Passenger volume (cu ft / L): 105 / 2973
Cargo volume (cu ft / L):18.8 / 532
Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg):1000 / 454 (3.6L and 2.5L)
Fuel capacity (gal / L): 18.5 / 70 (2.5L and 3.6L); 15.8 / 59.9 (2.4L)
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