For Chevy, it’s a really big deal. The last of the big U.S. auto shows for this year serves as the venue for the world debut of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala full-size family sedan.
While our sister publication MotorAuthority has more specific details, we’ll highlight a few of the ones that family car buyers may be most interested in.
All-new exterior styling
Full-size family sedans shouldn’t be boring to look at, and, with the reveal of the 10th-generation Impala at the 2012 New York Auto Show this week, Chevy shows us that its designers paid attention to the all-important element of exterior styling.
Not that the family sedan buyer doesn’t care about other things, but it does help that what you’re considering as a household hauler is somewhat of an attention-getter. In fact, the new Impala features exterior styling, which also appears on the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, is the new Chevy “styling language.”
Eighteen-inch wheels are standard, with 19- and 20-inch wheels available on upper trims.
On the inside, the new Impala boasts a new flowing design that’s “more refined,” says Chevy, with an integrated center stack incorporating available eight-inch touch screen display with available Chevrolet MyLink.
Family sedan buyers want a quiet cabin, and the new Impala delivers on this front with a comprehensive package of sound-absorbing and sound-suppressing materials. Four-cylinder models even have active noise cancellation.
Bolstered seats and premium materials contribute to a more comfortable ride and an inviting cabin environment.
Power for the new Impala comes from three engines, all with fuel-saving direct injection and lightweight components.
- There’s the Ecotec 2.4-liter engine with eAssist that’s projected to achieve 35 mpg highway fuel economy.
- The Ecotec 2.5-liter engine, part of a new family of four-cylinder engines, delivers an estimated 195 horsepower.
- The range-topping 3.6-liter V-6 engine puts out an estimated 303 horsepower.
All three engines are paired with six-speed automatic transmissions.
No family sedan can compete without a full complement of safety technologies and here, once again, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala comes out with an impressive roster of standard and available features.
Along with 10 standard airbags and OnStar, available safety features include forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear camera, rear park assist, collision mitigation braking and full-speed-range adaptive cruise control. The latter two are the first applications in a Chevrolet vehicle.
Look for pricing details to be announced later. The 2014 Chevrolet Impala will be assembled alongside the Volt and Malibu at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant as well as at the Oshawa, Ontario, Canada facility.