The first Impala rolled off the line in 1958, and now, 54 years later, the car gets an all new look right down to the logo.
Chevrolet completed the transformation of North American passenger cars with the introduction of the 2014 Impala. "This all new Impala delivers on our promise that every new car that wears the Chevrolet bow tie will embody the pioneering spirit that has defined the brand for more than a century. With the striking new design and the right mix of comfort, technology and efficiency, we have recaptured the magic that attracted millions of consumers to the Impala nameplate for decades." said Chris Perry, VP of Global Chevrolet Marketing.
The car is scheduled to go on sale in early 2013 and will be the 10th generation of the nameplate.
So what's so different about the Impala?
- All new exterior design that represents the next evolution of Chevrolet's design vocabulary. It features a sleek proportion, sculpted body sides, standard 18-inch wheels and projector-beam headlamps, with HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps.
- A range of three direct-injected engines, including a 3.6L V-6, new 2.5L four-cylinder and 2.5L four-cylinder with eAssist.
- All new interior with flowing design and integrated center stack that incorporates an available eight-inch touch screen display with available Chevrolet MyLink.
- MyLink which includes Bluetooth audio streaming and available navigation among many other features, is controlled via a touch screen on the eight-inch display.
- Quieter environment with a greater emphasis on comfort - including active noise cancelation with four-cylinder powertrains.
- 360 degrees of active safety features with 10 standard air bags and OnStar, along with available features including full-speed-range adaptive cruse 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 design team was challenged to create a new classic, but that didn't mean relying on nostalgia. This is very much a contemporary car, with design elements, craftsmanship and attention to detail that complement its advanced technology and performance." Said John Cafaro, Director of North American passenger car exterior design.
What really stands out about this car is not only the way that it looks, and the added comfort features, but is the safety features. Some features are not only Impala firsts, but are also Chevrolet firsts.
Looking past the brief summary in the highlights, let's look deeper at how the Impala is going to keep you safe.
- Full-speed-range adaptive cruise control - Using radar technology, this feature senses traffic in front of the Impala to adjust the vehicle speed, including stopping the vehicle in heavy traffic and accelerating again. It is the first application in a Chevrolet.
- Collision mitigation braking - Another Chevy first: Radar technology detects a possible crash threat and alerts the driver. If the driver does not appear to react quickly enough or doesn't react at all, this feature intervenes and applies the breaks in an effort to avoid the crash.
- Forward collision alert- Camera technology detects a possible crash threat and alerts the driver, giving him or her time to stop and/or change course.
- Lane departure warning - Another camera based technology, it warns the driver of impending lane changes. The camera, mounted near the inside rearview mirror identifies traffic lane markings and provides audible alerts.
- Side blind zone alert - Using radar sensors on both sides of the vehicle, the system "looks" for other vehicles in the blind zone areas of the Impala and indicates their presence with LED-lit symbols in the outside mirrors.
- Rear cross traffic alert - Based on the radar sensors of side blind zone alert, it warns the driver of vehicles in traffic when backing out of a parking spot - including angled parking. Visual and audible alerts are triggered if moving vehicles are detected.
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