Despite being the largest sedan in Chevrolet’s current lineup, the 2012 Impala lacks anything of merit to make it stand out in a crowd. Sure, the 2012 model gets a six-speed automatic transmission (finally), but even that isn’t enough to make a car that was largely ignored by GM over the past six years attractive.
That changes for the 2014 model year, as Chevrolet is poised to introduce an all-new Impala at the end of 2013. Officially the tenth generation of the Impala, the new car adds a healthy dose of style, technology and even refinement to the nameplate, which will likely be enough to put it near the top of consumers’ “must drive” lists.
The front-wheel-drive layout is about all that carries over from the current Impala, and the new car will now share a platform with the Buick LaCrosse and the upcoming Cadillac XTS.
Buyers will get a choice of three drivetrains, ranging from GM’s 2.4-liter eAssist mild hybrid system to a 3.6-liter V-6 good for 303 horsepower. All engines will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission powering the front wheels, and no all-wheel-drive option is expected.
While the revised sheetmetal may be enough to draw prospective buyers into showrooms, it’s likely the refined interior that will close the deal. Interior quality takes a big step up in the 2014 Impala, as does connectivity via Chevrolet’s MyLink system, which interfaces with popular smartphone apps like Pandora.
As Chevrolet’s flagship family sedan, expect the new Impala to emphasize safety as well. Available features will include adaptive cruise control with collision detection, a blind spot warning system with cross-path detection and a rearview monitor, in addition to standard safety features like electronic stability control and a full complement of airbags.