Chevrolet unveiled the redesigned 2014 Impala at the New York Auto Show today. When compared with the 2012 model, the new Impala makes significant changes to the affordable large car, which should help it compete with more recently redesigned rivals like the Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus and Hyundai Azera. Chevrolet says in a press release that the redesigned Impala offers “expressive style, a more-refined interior, easy-to-use technology, and what is expected to be an exhilarating driving experience.”
On the outside, the 2014 Impala has an all-new look. “Our design team was challenged to create a new classic, but that didn’t mean relying on nostalgia,” says John Cafaro, General Motors’ 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.”
In addition to new exterior style, new engines will be available under the 2014 Impala’s hood. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 195 horsepower, while a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder with eAssist will be available. The Wall Street Journal writes, “The new Impala’s available powertrains reflect General Motors’ recent push to improve fuel economy, which has included a proliferation of four-cylinder engines in its vehicle lineup.” The current Impala’s 3.6-liter V6 engine will carry over as an option, producing 303 horsepower.
The EPA has not conducted fuel economy tests for the 2014 Impala, but Chevrolet estimates that the 2014 Impala with eAssist will get 35 mpg highway. By comparison, the 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist has a similar powertrain and gets 25/36 mpg city/highway fuel economy.
Chevrolet says that the 2014 Impala refines its familiar dual-cockpit layout with improved interior materials and more attractive center stack. Additionally, the automaker says the Impala was “designed to foster a quieter passenger environment and a greater overall feeling of quality.”
The new Impala will come with 10 airbags and GM’s OnStar system as standard equipment. The 2014 Impala will also get new optional safety features, such as blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems, as well as forward collision warning and collision mitigation braking systems, the latter of which can apply the brakes by itself to help you avoid a crash.
The 2014 Impala will go on sale in early 2013. Pricing information and full specifications have not been announced yet, but The Detroit News reports that the 2014 Impala “will be ‘in line’ with pricing for the new Hyundai Azera and the Ford Taurus.” The 2012 Azera and Taurus start at $32,000 and $25,555, respectively.
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