Chevy has shown us their newest and redesigned animal, the 2014 Imapala. Completely changed, it has a new and refreshed face that everyone is sure to love! This will mark it a consumer’s car again, not that crappy model you have to suffer with at the rental company at the airport. See more below.
Exterior: Completely changed! Along with the 2013 Chevy Traverse, the 2014 Chevy Impala will feature new styling that Chevy has adopted for all future models. You also might notice the HALO-style lights taken from the Chevy Camaro, or the new LED running lights. The frame has also been changed, now similar to that of the Cadillac XTS frame. It is good to see GM using cross-brand items.
Interior: The Impala still has plastic. But the interior now has cues of Cadillac-esque styling, especially with the upgraded leather seats. The information system can rise and lower itself from the dashboard as seen in the picture. The steering wheel is still the same, and that has some people up-in-arms about it. Overall, Chevy has done a great job with the new interior. The main instrument cluster integrates a standard 4.2-inch color display with reconfigurable features for the driver information center.
Power: Your options are a3.6-liter V-6 with 303 horsepower, a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 195 horsepower, and a mid-spec 2.4-liter unit matched with GM’s eAssist supplementary electric motor and rated at 182 horsepower.
Suspension: All models also come with A MacPherson-strut front suspension and four-link rear suspension, an isolated front cradle and hydraulic ride bushing that help deliver a smoother, quieter ride, and an electric variable-assist steering system that helps save fuel by drawing energy only when the steering wheel is turned.
Tech/Safety: The 2014 Imapla gets 10 airbags and OnStar as standard, along with available features including full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear camera and rear-park assist.
Our Opinion: Chevy took the time to redesign, and it worked in their favor. The Impala was a great hit, and the crowds loved it during the reveal. It took the right step in styling and power, and will definitely boost the sales in the dealerships. Now, we can honestly say that the Impala will be on our wish list to drive.
- 2014 Chevrolet Impala gallops into the New York auto show (reviews.cnet.com)