The countdown clock for the 2012 New York International Auto Show has almost reached zero as the first presentation of the newest, brightest creations of the major automobile companies is set to occur within the wall of the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Wednesday April 4th. Setting up to be a major spectacle, the grand premieres and announcement for many vehicles priming to be an influential experience for North American customers. Toyota will unveil their new large sedan, Subaru will have a brand new Outback and Legacy displaying a reloaded 2013 equipment arsenal plus Chrysler’s SRT division will take the wraps off their revival of the Viper supercar.
Another major unveiling at the New York International Auto Show is the next generation Chevrolet Impala. An important top-level sedan for Chevrolet, the “African antelope” badge fixture for the 2014 model year was augmented to the Epsilon II platform that has recently brought form to the Cadillac XTS production car. In New York, public eyes will be set on the latest iteration of the American automobile legend.
Perhaps the most inspired version of the Chevrolet Impala ever revealed, the 2014 model year four-door delivers an exterior design provoking a heightened dimension of what will be large family sedan ownership. Out is the dated ‘bread and butter’ sedan styling replaced with a more fluid form. “Our design team was challenged to create a new classic, but that didn’t mean relying on nostalgia,” said Chevy’s director of North America passenger car exterior design John Cafaro.
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala wears a longer front grille while the headlamps housing (available with HID lighting) features a more cutting-edge, sports sedan stare. Sporting contours flow along the side of the 2014 Impala traveling back to a shortened truck lid surface. A highly detailed rear end maintains European-style taillights joined by an accenting chrome bar. An overall presentation speaking to a higher power of sophistication, the front-wheel drive 2014 Chevrolet Impala will ride on standard 18-inch steel/aluminum rims with optional sizes up to 20 inch available on the new sedan.
The interior for the brand new Chevrolet Impala is a showcase of modern sports sedan ergonomics and design. Up front, a dual-cockpit interior, similar to that previously integrated into the Corvette and Camaro cabin design, provides an encapsulating feeling of front as well as control to the driver. While the actual size of the 2014 Impala’s interior is slighter larger than the 2012 counterpart, the fresher place and use of higher quality materials provides an enhanced comfort to the five passengers inside the sedan’s cabin. Chevrolet MyLink technology will be available on the 2014 Impala supplying the ultimate level of interior infotainment including Internet radio and Bluetooth audio streaming.
Besides electronic entertainment, occupants are catered in the name of safety inside of the 2014 Impala with a range of standard or optional protection features. Ten air bags, electric-variable assist power steering and OnStar will be included on all models of the new large sedan. Adaptive cruise control, forward crash alert and blind spot detection systems are some of the available equipment on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.
Engine choices for the 2014 Impala utilize high-efficiency, high technology four and six cylinder powerplants. Direct injected, double overhead cam Ecotec engines supplies four-cylinder power to the Chevrolet Impala for the first time in its 54-year history. Geared for providing unprecedented fuel economy for a large Chevrolet sedan, 2.5 liter four-cylinder Ecotec powerplant will move the front-wheel drive 2014 Impala with 195 horsepower and 187 pounds-feet of torque. Improving on what should be stellar four-cylinder fuel efficiency from the 2.5 liter engine, a 2.4 liter version of the Ecotec powerplant will also be sold on the new Impala equipped with General Motors’ eAssist management. Ecotec-equipped models of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala will include various sound deadening features such as active noise-cancellation in order to enhance the cabin occupant’s riding experience.
For premium power from 303 horses (or impalas), the 2014 Chevrolet sedan’s 3.6 liter V-6 will be included. A creature of a new era of American motoring, the advanced V-6 engine for the 2014 Chevrolet Impala produces the exact same horsepower as the 5.3 liter V-8 found on the predecessor vehicle’s SS model trim discontinued after 2009. All engines powering the 2014 Impala will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Chevrolet Impala nameplate first appeared in 1958 accompanied by a depiction of a leaping African antelope. Recording a sales volume of around 700,000 Chevrolet cars sold in 1962, the Impala came to existence in an era where American automobiles were encouraged to worship excess. Big styling and horsepower from V-8 engines delivered the Chevrolet Impala to the upper echelons of the vehicle marketplace. Emerging in very different time where General Motors vehicles accounted for over 50 percent of the automobiles sold in the Untied States, the Chevrolet Impala remained itself as a sales and critical darling for the Bowtie brand up until the end of its original run in 1985. A return as a limited edition sports sedan model of the Chevrolet Caprice in the mid-1990s reinvigorated the Impala name for what became a 2000 model year four-door.
In recent years, the Chevrolet Impala has been a possible victim of apathy from General Motors as dedication was placed into the 2014 reinvention of the vehicle. For the 2014 model year, the Chevrolet Impala will make a charge back to the top of the United States auto market with a new wild and free spirit.
Information and photo source: General Motors