After much anticipation, Chevrolet has finally rolled out the next generation Impala at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. One thing is clear, this isn’t your grandpa’s car. And that modern, sharply-angled face? That’s Chevy’s new face. And we were very lucky to have photos ready to show you before the press conference. The Ford Taurus and Hyundai Azera have been put in check. Because this car is hot.
Now, the Eplison-II-based Impala is the 10th generation model, and will be powered by either the 182-horse 2.4L four-cylinder engine with eAssist — achieving 35 mpg — the all-new 2.5L Ecotec with 195 horsepower, or the familiar 3.6L LFX V6 engine with around 303 horsepower. All powertrains will be matched with six-speed transmissions.
The new Impala will feature standard 18-inch wheels and projector-beam headlamps, with HID headlamps. LED daytime running lamps will be standard on LTZ models. The interior — which is all new, even the steering wheel — is now more of a private command center than a mobile sofa akin to the outgoing model. It’s striking, and sexy, and the elder demographics will probably protest against it. But there will be a stable of driver’s aids, such as radar-sensitive collision mitigation braking, a forward collision alert and lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, a side blind zone alert and a rear cross traffic alert system as well. There’s also 10 standard airbags, along with OnStar.
The cabin itself is expected to be one of the quietest to ever roll out of Chevrolet’s stable, with abundant sound-absorbing, sound-suppressing and active noise cancellation features supplementing the Impala’s solid structure. It will also make the music that much more clear, which will be controlled by an 8-inch touch screen on the center stack with available Chevy MyLink. In addition, the driver instrument panel features a new instrument cluster with a standard reconfigurable 4.2-inch color display for the driver information center.
Lastly, the next-generation Impala will be built in Hamtramck, Michigan as well as Oshawa, Ontario, and is expected to go on sale early next year.
We’ll be posting more information on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala as it comes to us. Also, we will be streaming Chevy’s press conference tomorrow morning right here on GM Authority!