Chevrolet has unveiled the 2014 Impala at the New York International Auto Show. The brand’s all-new flagship model, it’ll be a competitor to the likes of the Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus and Nissan Maxima.
Commenting on the launch, Mark Reuss, president, GM North America, said: “The 2014 Impala re-establishes this iconic Chevrolet nameplate as a design leader, with bold styling that will turn heads for years to come.”
2014 Chevrolet Impala. Scroll down for more images.
And the styling is certainly distinctive, but whether it will divide opinion remains to be seen. Key elements include an extended rear overhang that stretches the proportions, while the body sides feature strong swage lines that draw attention to the swollen rear arches, hinting at the power that’ll be delivered through the wheels beneath.
Unfortunately, it’s a visual deception, as the latest Impala is front-wheel drive only. Buyers will get a choice of three direct injection petrol engines, all of which come with a six-speed automatic transmission.
On the inside, the focus has been on refinement and comfort. To achieve that, various sound-absorbing and sound-suppressing materials have been used in creating what Chevrolet claims is its quietest full-size car ever. The dashboard gets a ‘dual cockpit’ look, and the instrumentation includes a standard-fit 4.2” driver information screen.
Sales of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala are due to begin in early 2013, but prices have yet to be confirmed. The probability of it coming to Europe is pretty much zero.
2014 Chevrolet Impala: Provisional Specifications
Ecotec 2.4 litre DOHC I-4 with eAssist
Displacement 145.4 cu. in. / 2,384 cc
Power 182 bhp / 134 kW / 184 PS (est.)
Torque 233 Nm / 172 lb/ft (est.)
Ecotec 2.5 litre DOHC I-4
Displacement 150.0 cu. in. / 2,457 cc
Power 195 bhp / 145 kW / 197 PS (est.)
Torque 253 Nm / 187 lb/ft (est.)
3.6 litre V6 VVT DI
Displacement 217.0 cu. in. / 3,564 cc
Power 303 bhp / 226 kW / 307 PS (est.)
Torque 358 Nm / 264 lb/ft (est.)
Front suspension MacPherson struts
Rear suspension Multi-link with coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering Electric variable-assist rack and pinion
Turning circle 38.8 ft / 11.75 m
Brakes Split, dual-circuit four wheel discs with power assist
Wheels 18” steel and aluminium, 19” aluminium, 20” aluminium
Wheelbase 111.7 in. / 2,837 mm
Overall length 201.3 in. / 5,113 mm
Overall width 73.0 in. / 1,854 mm
Overall height 58.9 in. / 1,496 mm
Track Front 62.2 in. / 1,580 mm; rear 62.0 in. / 1,576 mm
Curb weight 3,800 lbs / 1,723 kg (est. for V6 LT)
EPA interior volume 123.8 cu. ft. / 3,505 litres
Passenger volume 105 cu. ft. / 2,973 litres
Cargo volume 18.8 cu. ft. / 532 litres
Trailer towing maximum 1,000 lbs / 454 kg (2.5 and 3.6 litre engines)
Fuel capacity 18.5 US gal. / 70 litres (2.5 and 3.6 litre engines); 15.8 US gal / 59.9 litres (2.4 litre engine)
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