2014 Impala reveals Chevy's new face

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IOL mot apr4 impala fr . New Impala gives a good idea of how future Chevrolets will look from the front.

Impala is not a new name in Chevrolet's portfolio, but it has evolved somewhat over the years and is now an American-only product.

Had it stayed true to its roots, GM would have built it on the Aussie Holden Commodore's platform, but instead the Impala has become a front-wheel drive Camry rival aimed mainly at fleet buyers.

Of course, GM hopes to change that with the all-new model you see here, which also marks the next step in Chevrolet's design evolution. More specifically, the smaller chrome-framed grille shows the new face of Chevrolet and is something we're likely to see on all future Chevs.

The new Impala's long and low proportions, 'wind-swept' profile and large wheels (18-inch standard, 20-inch optional) give it imposing road presence. Inside you'll find Chevrolet's familiar 'dual cockpit' design, along with an eight-inch touch screen display and there's an optional 'MyLink' infotainment system with Bluetooth audio streaming.

Given its front-drive layout, there are no V8 lumps to speak about, the engine range instead comprising 2.4- and 2.5-litre fours with respective outputs of 134kW and 145kW and a 226kW 3.6-litre V6. All are mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

While the Impala is likely to continue climbing the sales charts as North America's most popular full-sized sedan, don't expect to see it on this side of the pond. We'll stick with our Lumina from Holden thank you very much.

IOL mot apr4 impala re The all new 2014 Chevrolet Impala set to make a statement at New York Auto Show when it is unveiled on April 4th. (04/04/2012) Wieck

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