Last year, Chevrolet sold 171,000 Impala sedans, a massive number any way you stack it. But if you get rid of sales to rental fleets, police patrols, and government agencies, that number drops off significantly. Why? Because the 2012 Chevrolet Impala was great transportation for those in need of a large, reliable basic car, but its fundamental design dated back to the 1980s. Its interior might as well have come from the 1980s, too.
As Chevrolet no longer has to cater to agencies with its Impala, as it has the Caprice to take that role, General Motors decided to do the right thing with the storied nameplate: It made the 2014 Chevrolet Impala a thoroughly modern, tech-heavy package to challenge cars like Ford Taurus and Toyota Avalon instead of whatever’s left on a rental lot for a weekend special.
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala debuts this week at the 2012 New York International Auto Show with a style that borrows much from the Chevrolet Camaro and Cruze, as well as the just-introduced 2013 Chevrolet Traverse full-size crossover. That is to say it carries some styling cues from the previous-generation car, but it’ll never be confused with it.
Chevrolet has included its latest suite of MyLink infotainment software as optional equipment, which includes Bluetooth, Pandora internet radio streaming, and active crash avoidance technologies. Under the hood, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala gets a 2.4-liter four-cylinder eAssist mild hybrid setup with an estimated 182 horsepower, GM’s new 2.5-liter Ecotec engine that should make 195 horsepower, or the carryover 3.6-liter V-6 with 303 horsepower.
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