With the 2012 New York International Auto Show just around the corner, interest of the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala has begun to peak. With its unveiling immenent, there isn’t a better time than ever to shed some light on what is to be expected from the all-new Epsilon-II-based vehicle from General Motors.
The wimpy looks of the current Impala will appear to have hit the gym with the 2014 model, with broader shoulders, a wider stance, and other Camaro-inspired design elements in the aggressive head and tail lighting. There will be utilization of LED lighting, as we’ve noticed in the spy photos, but will remain distinctively Chevy. The only thing we hope doesn’t happen is that the design team fell into an over-compensation fit and the style is perhaps too radical for the full-size car market — which isn’t exactly made up of millenials.
The interior is going to carry the traditional Epsilon II trait of a dual cockpit setting, but with an extremely modernized feel. As evident from spy shots, the 2014 Impala will feature both an all-new, non-parts-bin steering wheel placed in front of two large gauges a la Camaro/Malibu and a colored driver’s display, and a unique center console, complete with Chevy MyLink. Glossy and soft-touch materials will adorn the cabin, while its long wheelbase will give occupants enough room to stretch out.
Most certainly, the new Impala will feature a 3.6L LFX V6 engine producing north of 300 horsepower. Unconfirmed to us is the expectation of GM’s eAssist BAS, which should return impressive fuel economy numbers for its class. Fingers crossed for a twin-turboed V6 model akin to the Ford Taurus SHO.
On the manufacturing end, GM has invested $69 million in tooling and equipment to produce the new Impala at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant alongside the Chevy Malibu, Volt and Opel Ampera. Though the launch isn’t scheduled until 2013.
The GM Authority Take
While today’s Impala may not be on the enthusiast’s wish list, the car still manages to be a top seller for GM month in and month out. Will this newer, sportier, less-floaty model be able to move just as well as today’s fleet queen? Only time will tell. And do you approve of what it’s going to become? Spill your thoughts in the comments below.