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      04-04-2012 01:06 AM #1


      Quote Originally Posted by Press Release
      NEW YORK – Chevrolet completes the transformation of its North American passenger car lineup with the introduction of the all-new 2014 Impala. The redesigned flagship sedan builds on the strong heritage of the Impala nameplate by offering expressive style, a more-refined interior, easy-to-use technology, and what is expected to be an exhilarating driving experience.

      “The 2014 Impala re-establishes this iconic Chevrolet nameplate as a design leader, with bold styling that will turn heads for years to come,” said Mark Reuss, president, GM North America. “The team has also delivered the comfort, safety, fuel efficiency and technology that will strengthen Impala’s leadership in the highly competitive full-size sedan market.”

      The all-new Impala goes on sale in early 2013 as the 10th generation of one of the industry’s most enduring – and popular – nameplates. Impala was America’s best-selling full-size sedan in 2011, with sales of more than 171,000, which also made it one of the 10 best-selling cars overall in the United States, along with Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze.

      “This all-new Impala delivers on our promise that every new car that wears the Chevrolet bowtie will embody the pioneering spirit that has defined the brand for more than a century.” said Chris Perry, vice president, global Chevrolet marketing. “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.”

      Designed on an award-winning global platform, the 2014 Impala introduces new levels of comfort, refinement and technology. Highlights include:

      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 standard on LTZ models
      A range of three direct-injected engines, including a 3.6L V-6, new 2.5L four-cylinder and a 2.4L four-cylinder with eAssist, that deliver enhanced performance and efficiency
      All-new interior with flowing design and integrated center stack that incorporates an available eight-inch touch screen display with available Chevrolet MyLink
      Chevrolet 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 cancellation 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 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.
      Design details

      The 2014 Impala brings a new aesthetic to Impala that honors the cues that have helped distinguish the classic nameplate for decades.

      “Our design team was challenged to create a new classic, but that didn’t mean relying on nostalgia,” said John Cafaro, director of North America passenger car exterior design. “This is very much a contemporary car, with design elements, craftsmanship and attention to detail that complement its advanced technology and performance.”

      The Impala’s long, low proportion has a wind-swept profile that suggests motion, while the range of 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels is tailored to the body to provide that “just right” stance. At the front, low-profile projector-beam headlamps – or HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps on LTZ – sweep around the corners and frame a wide grille, while a power dome hood conveys performance. The LTZ’s LED daytime running lamps provide a contemporary visual statement, along with function.

      Sculpted coves in the body sides add to the Impala’s design drama, with a signature cue in the rear fenders that acknowledges classic Impala designs. The long greenhouse area enhances the sleek look of the car while maintaining excellent visibility.

      The 2014 Impala builds on Chevrolet’s signature dual-cockpit interior with greater attention to detail and upscale features – seen in everything from the wraparound flow of the instrument panel into the door panels and the available ambient lighting, to the soft feel of the materials and the premium appearance of the seats’ stitching.

      The instrument panel integrates a new instrument cluster with a standard 4.2-inch color display with reconfigurable features for the driver information center. The eight-inch touch screen with concealed storage behind it is matched with the available Chevrolet MyLink system.

      Comfort and refinement

      The 2014 Impala’s comfort and refinement are rooted in a stronger body structure, designed to foster a quieter passenger environment and a greater overall feeling of quality. The stiffer architecture also enabled engineers to tune the ride and handling more precisely, for a greater feeling of control and comfort. A comprehensive package of sound-absorbing, sound-suppressing and even active noise cancellation (on four-cylinder models) contributes to the 2014 Impala being Chevrolet’s quietest full-size sedan ever.

      Premium materials throughout the interior and details such as high-quality fabric, Ultrasuede and perforated leather appointments, complement the quiet environment and give the Impala a substantive look and feel. The seats are bolstered for greater support, and the seat cushions are designed to deliver a firm, premium feel that is just as comfortable on a 500-mile drive as on a five-minute excursion. The rear-seat head restraints fold to improve rear visibility when driving without rear passengers.

      Safety technology

      The 2014 Impala offers a comprehensive suite of standard and available safety features. It employs advanced technologies – including radar – to help avoid crashes. Visual and audible alerts help drivers identify potential crash situations and even intervene when a crash threat appears more imminent.

      The available safety features and benefits include firsts for Chevrolet and Impala:

      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 brakes 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 – A camera-based lane detection system that 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.
      These advanced crash-avoidance technologies complement the Impala’s other safety features – including 10 standard air bags and OnStar.

      Performance and driving experience

      Impala’s three powertrains all feature fuel-saving direct injection and lightweight components.

      Impala’s Ecotec 2.4L engine works with the eAssist system to provide electrical assist in certain conditions to help save fuel. It is estimated at 182 horsepower (134 kW) and is expected to achieve 35 mpg on the highway.
      The Ecotec 2.5L is part of a new family of four-cylinder engines developed with increased efficiency and greater refinement. It is estimated at195 horsepower (145 kW).
      Output for the 3.6L V-6 is estimated at 303 horsepower (226 kW).
      All of Impala’s engines are matched with six-speed automatic transmissions.

      The powertrains are the force behind Impala’s responsive driving experience, which is tuned for a spirited, yet comfortable performance. A MacPherson-strut front suspension and four-link rear suspension underpin the Impala, with an isolated front cradle and hydraulic ride bushing that help deliver a smoother, quieter ride. All models feature an electric variable-assist steering system that helps save fuel by drawing energy only when the steering wheel is turned.

      The 2014 Impala will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, with assembly at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich., and Oshawa, Ontario facilities. Pricing will be announced later.







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      04-04-2012 01:14 AM #2
      An Impala with style. How long has it been?

      Those doors look very deeply sclupted.
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      04-04-2012 01:18 AM #3
      Looks like crap to me. I'm sure the ownership experience will be much the same.
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    4. 04-04-2012 01:20 AM #4
      Nice car miles better than the Taurus.

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      04-04-2012 01:20 AM #5


      Looks like a comfy place to spend a few hours on a long distance drive.
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      04-04-2012 01:20 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by dj_cronic_metal View Post
      Looks like crap to me. I'm sure the ownership experience will be much the same.
      To each his own. I think it looks phenominal

      A big step up from the rental look of the last few generations.
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      04-04-2012 01:22 AM #7
      Looks great! I see a lot of Camaro in the front which I'm not entirely sure is a good thing on a huge sedan, but overall it looks MILES better than the current model. I'm also impressed by the distinct lack of front overhang.....almost makes it look RWD.
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      04-04-2012 01:25 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by VarianceVQ View Post
      An Impala with style. How long has it been?
      A while



      Or a while longer

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      04-04-2012 01:25 AM #9
      Not bad I guess.

      The front and back look like they were styled by two different people.

      I like it better than the Taurus though.

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      04-04-2012 01:27 AM #10
      Holy crap, that looks great. Are these still FWD?

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      04-04-2012 01:30 AM #11
      Yeah Im pretty sure this is on the same platform as the XTS that caddy has.

      It looks great. Definately a revolutionary design compared to the last few generations. Good to see Chevy put some work into this car finally

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      04-04-2012 01:32 AM #12
      Sedan you say? Looks more like a truck with that ride height.

    13. 04-04-2012 01:32 AM #13
      I think it is leaps and bounds over the prior generation, which isn't saying much. I hate the steering wheel and GM's continued use of that cheap looking plastic wood all over the damn interior. Exterior wise, while an improvement, in these pics, I'm not moved.

      In summary, not for me, but far better than the lest jelly bean.

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      04-04-2012 01:35 AM #14
      Holy freakin crap, GM. Very, very nice

      Now lets see if the next Avalon is the styling tour-de-force it's being promised as.
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    15. 04-04-2012 01:35 AM #15
      Ummmmm where can I rent one, and I dont mean that as a diss.

      Very futuristic and muscular

    16. 04-04-2012 01:36 AM #16
      Oooo, I like the front! And interior is a very nice improvement, if a little bit busy/fussy.

    17. 04-04-2012 01:43 AM #17


      Grille reminds me of this Impala:

      Last edited by WhistlerYOW; 04-04-2012 at 01:45 AM.

    18. 04-04-2012 01:49 AM #18
      Looks better than the old one or the Taurus IMO. It's hard to believe that GM was smart enough to retain the Impala name plate though.

    19. 04-04-2012 01:56 AM #19
      i kind of wish the malibu got this face. the new design language is very clean

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      04-04-2012 01:59 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Impeccable View Post
      Ummmmm where can I rent one, and I dont mean that as a diss.

      Very futuristic and muscular
      Might have to wait. GM might continue the current old dated design for awhile just for rental fleets.
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      04-04-2012 02:18 AM #21
      Much more substance from the outgoing model.

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      04-04-2012 02:22 AM #23
      I like the Impala's front, but the rear is just weird. Side profile looks good--great styling effort.

      I still like the Ford Taurus much more, though.

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      04-04-2012 03:33 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Ben.Reilly View Post
      To each his own. I think it looks phenominal

      A big step up from the rental look of the last few generations.
      Let me ask you this. The next time your shopping for a car will this even be remotely on your list???
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      04-04-2012 03:37 AM #25
      With most new manufacturer's constantly dissapointing me with retarded new styling cues, this thing bucks the trend - it looks AWESOME. Great job Chevy! I seriously would consider owning a vehicle like this in a few years. The car looks good from every angle.
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      04-04-2012 03:48 AM #26
      I like this....a lot.

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      04-04-2012 03:52 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by dj_cronic_metal View Post
      Let me ask you this. The next time your shopping for a car will this even be remotely on your list???
      What the hell does that have to do with anything? There's not one single car you admire greatly that you know you'll never own for many reasons?
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      04-04-2012 03:54 AM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by Geechie_Suede View Post
      A while



      Or a while longer

      i agree

      they need to make a ss version and make it either awd or rwd, i know rwd wont happen, but maybe theres hope for a performance version sometime in the future

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      04-04-2012 04:06 AM #29
      My first reaction was: American CC. And I don't mean that in a negative way at all. Like the interior with the batwing-esque dash. Only issues I have are: 1) Looks a little pudgy and 2) the sculpting on the doors, I hope it's not that deep.

      EDIT: The more I look at the pictures, I think the pudgy aspect stems from the deep sculpting on the doors and where it flares out to the rear quarter panel. The front seems nice but that transition makes it look bloated.
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      04-04-2012 04:21 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by dj_cronic_metal View Post
      Let me ask you this. The next time your shopping for a car will this even be remotely on your list???
      If I were looking for a 4-door sedan with a non-luxury brand, absolutely. Why wouldn't it be?

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      04-04-2012 06:35 AM #31
      i continuously see people on TCL associating this crap impala v6




      with the 1994 cheverolet caprice impala SS below





      That PEOPLE is not its SUCCESSOR, its just that north america never got the real Chevrolet impala SS that was available in the middle east and australia (came with 385 hp RWD). Trust me the car never downgraded along the years, the 2012 version sells with 395hp stock.


      Here is its real identity timeline after 1994

      This



      Then this


      then this



      then this which was introduced in 2008-2009 depending on your market (370hp+)




      Conclusion is, it looks like this new one is just an impala, not the real caprice impala people are associating it with.

      thank you

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      04-04-2012 07:30 AM #32
      This whole Impala vs Caprice thing goes away pretty soon when Chevy introduces the Holden produced RWD Caprice/Commodore.

      Back to the 2014 Impala...

      This looks great to me! It is now apparent that the 2013 Traverse debuted Chevy's new design language. It is a nice evolution of the horizontal split shield grille and takes care of the somewhat controversial placement of the Bowtie in split bar. Too bad that the new Malibu, Sonic, and Spark won't benefit from this cleaner front end design. The rear end on the Impala is light years better than the mess on the rump of the Malibu.

      Overall, this is a stylish and relatively youthful looking full sized sedan. Now, let's see the Commodore/Caprice!

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      04-04-2012 07:46 AM #33
      Overall -

      Rear 1/4 -

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      04-04-2012 07:57 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by invisiblewar View Post
      Yeah Im pretty sure this is on the same platform as the XTS that caddy has.

      It looks great. Definately a revolutionary design compared to the last few generations. Good to see Chevy put some work into this car finally
      Agreed, Chevy's new design language is really sharp, I dig it.

      I wonder if this will still have a police version? Or if Chevy will push their new Police-only Caprice instead?
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      04-04-2012 08:13 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by dj_cronic_metal View Post
      Looks like crap to me. I'm sure the ownership experience will be much the same.
      The best part is it has a hint of VW CC in it
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