Fully recast to bring it squarely into the 21st century, the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala made its impressive debut in New York. In addition to infusing the 10th generation of one of Chevy's most iconic nameplates with a much-needed sense of contemporary style, the Impala design team gave this full-size, front-drive sedan a megaload of creature comforts and advanced tech features aimed at reaching an even broader group of buyers. About the only thing that will carry over unchanged when the car goes on sale early next year will be its current LS, LT and LTZ trim designations.
The Impala's new visual character melds existing Chevy cues with unique elements of its own in a package that's a bit longer, wider and sleeker than the existing model and offers a bit more space for people and cargo. Its lower, swept-back nose features new, low-profile projector beam (or optional HID xenon) headlights flanking a wide grille that wraps smartly around the fender edges with new LED running lights adding even more snap to the look of the LTZ. The Impala's flowing profile showcases the car's sweeping new roofline and C-pillar execution as well as its distinctive body-side sculpting that also includes a classic "heritage" highlight line in the rear fender treatment. To round out its transformation, the 2014 Impala benefits from upsized wheel/tire fitments that include 18-, 19- and 20-inch rims.
Inside, the 2014 Chevy Impala displays the same kind of premium character seen in the recently launched 2013 Malibu. Soft-touch surfaces abound, and elegant detailing includes the use of upscale cloth, Ultrasuede and premium real leather. Meanwhile, the seats have been redesigned to provide additional comfort and support. The Impala's dual-cockpit wraparound dash features a more stylish instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch color display and a fully reconfigurable driver information center, while an 8-inch central touch screen handles input from the available Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. Extensive attention to noise abatement - including the use of active noise cancellation in 4-cylinder Impala models - will ensure the new Impala is the quietest full-size sedan that Chevrolet has ever produced.
In addition to its improved look and feel, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala has been designed to deliver a markedly superior driving experience. Coupling a stronger, stiffer body structure with an Impala-specific version of the all-new platform architecture that also underpins the upcoming Cadillac XTS sedan, this flashy four-door will be tuned to deliver better ride comfort along with enhanced control and responsiveness.
Under its new powerdome hood, the 2014 Impala will offer a choice of three engines, all fitted with efficient direct fuel injection and backed by a 6-speed automatic transmission. Two Ecotec 4-cylinders are on the menu - GM's new 2.5-liter rated at 195 horsepower, and a mileage-maxing 2.4-liter with eAssist that turns out 182 ponies - as well as the existing 3.6-liter V6 that will carry over and make 303 horsepower.
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala also will introduce a new level of safety and technology to the mix. In addition to its impressive roster of standards that includes stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, 10 airbags and OnStar, this next-gen Impala will offer a variety of optional, new-to-Chevy and/or new-to-Impala features highlighted by adaptive cruise control, collision-mitigation braking, forward collision alert, lane-departure warning, side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert systems.