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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.

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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)

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