In fact, with the introduction of the new Impala, which comes on the market early next year as a 2014 model, Chevrolet has revamped nearly every passenger car in its lineup over the past two years.
The latest car adopts Chevy’s new styling language, which also appears on the 2013 Traverse and will soon feature on more models wearing the bow tie.
Under the rather pretty sheet metal is a stretched Epsilon II platform, the same front-wheel drive platform underpinning the 2013 Cadillac XTS and in shorter form resides under the Buick Regal and LaCrosse as well as the latest Chevy Malibu.
The use of the flexible platform means designers were able to fit a variety of engines to the Impala, including a range-topping 3.6-liter V-6 with 303 horsepower, a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 195 horsepower, and a mid-spec 2.4-liter unit matched with GM’s eAssist supplementary electric motor and rated at 182 horsepower.
All models feature direct-injection technology and come matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. The most fuel-efficient is expected to be the eAssist model, which Chevy claims will net up to 35 mpg on the highway.
All models also come with A MacPherson-strut front suspension and four-link rear suspension, an isolated front cradle and hydraulic ride bushing that help deliver a smoother, quieter ride, and an electric variable-assist steering system that helps save fuel by drawing energy only when the steering wheel is turned.
Big 18-inch wheels are fitted as standard, while 19- and 20-inch wheels are offered on higher trim levels.
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In terms of safety, the 2014 Imapla gets 10 airbags and OnStar as standard, 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.
The Impala nameplate was introduced in 1958 and has been one of Chevy’s best-selling passenger cars for decades. The new 2014 model is the 10th generation of the Impala and should continue to build on the nameplate’s strong heritage. It goes on sale early next year in LS, LT and LTZ trim, and unlike the current model this one will be built alongside the Volt and Malibu at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing plant as well as its existing Oshawa, Ontario facilities in Canada.