When Chevrolet revealed the 2014 Chevrolet Impala at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, we were elated with its refreshing deign, and its appropriate powertrains upon launch, along with all-wheel-drive. Whoops, scratch that last bit out. Despite all of the promise, GM reps have shared that AWD is not in the short, or even the long term plans for the 2014 Impala. The reasoning is that all-wheel-drive is a “very slim piece of the full-size sedan market.” We wonder if residents of all-weather states like Michigan would be as accepting to the idea.
The GM Authority Take
It looks like we can forget about a high-output model. Still, all-wheel-drive may not be totally necessary in order for a vehicle to be relevant in this segment. However, the good cars with a broad offering, such as the Ford Taurus, do. And with such a sporty and modern design inside and out, why would General Motors go and neuter the 2014 Impala of all-wheel-drive? Especially with the V6? The Buick LaCrosse offers all-wheel-drive with the V6. As will the XTS. But the Impala will not? Must be the unique selling point to separate it from the pack.
However, maybe we’ll all find what we’re looking for in the new Chevy performance sedan set to launch next year.