2013 Chevy Impala Aims to Shed Fleet Car Stigma with Camaro Style: 2012 NY Auto Show

2013 Chevy Impala Aims to Shed Fleet Car Stigma with Camaro Style: 2012 NY Auto Show

With a bold new design taking inspiration from the Camaro, Chevy is hoping to inject some much-needed passion into its front-drive full sized sedan. And the Impala will need it.

Despite being the top seller in the segment, the all-new Hyundai Azera has plenty of curves and tomorrow Toyota will unveil a new version of its Avalon that company reps call “stunning.”

With a swoopy new look with some actual design, the 2014 Impala, unveiled today at the New York Auto Show, will come standard with 18-inch wheels with optional 19 and 20-inch sizes. Other style highlights include LED daytime running lights, embossed Impala badging and plenty of chrome.

Three engine choices include a base 2.5-liter with 182 hp, an eAssist mild hybrid with 182 hp and a big 3.6L V6 with 303 hp. With the hybrid, Chevy is targeting a 35 mpg rating “or more” says Chevy marketing boss Chris Perry.

Technology highlights on the new sedan include items normally only found on luxury cars like full-speed cruise control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, blind spot alert and even a system the will apply the brakes for you if the vehicle detects a crash is imminent.

GALLERY: 2014 Chevy Impala


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  • Rob

    Its actually a pretty nice car… I’m sure it will steal some Accord and Camry buyers which have become so dull with their offerings.

  • Toromale

    I will sure switch to a quality american built car.

  • Gooberdedoo

    looks awful

  • Sjones1204

    He is so biased- an inaccurate. The  base engine is a 2.5L with at least 195hp, not 182hp. The current 2.4L ecotec makes 182hp. Also, the interior buttons and controls in this car aren’t in any other GM products. He says he’s seen these “cheap” controls in plenty of other products. No he hasn’t. 

  •  I haven’t seen one of those since 1985. People say a lot of these cars are great based on looks, Lincoln LS or Cadillac CTS for example have long been claimed to be some new standard of the world. Then down the road a few months we learn the quality was skin deep and we should have notice the cheap plastics. Both are electrical nightmares. I’ve never seen a 90k LS without busted leather. That said I drove a Camaro. Despite hating the 10 inch tall windows and feeling I was in a coffin the Leather and plastics were nice.

  • Trimabbey

    looks pretty cool.  I have a 2006 Impala SS and still absolutely love it!   What I want to know is why doesn’t anyone under 45 know how to prounounce the word IMPALA????  It’s not IMPAAHLA!

  • Dmaschke21

    i hope they dont go with that steering wheel.. yuck. cant wait to start building this here in oshawa ont!!

  • oblio9090

    What is “full-speed cruise control” vs cruise control?

  • Colum Wood

    Full speed is almost two steps beyond regular cruise control. First came radar based distance cruise control that can keep you at the same distance from a car in front of you on the highway. Full speed cruise control takes that to another level, slowing the car all the way to a stop and then accelerating again in stop-and-go traffic. It sounds useless, if you commute in a big city it might just be the best feature ever.

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  • ziggy

    Trimabbey, How old are you? I’m 62 and yes it IS IMPAAHLA!  

  • Matthew Hicks

    I believe full-speed cruise control is like adaptive. You can set it at like 70 and if the person infront of you slows down, the cruise will slow you down, and then speed you back up when need be, but never taking you over 70. 

  • Glenn

     I think full-speed cruise control is what some call “smart cruise control” or “adaptive cruise control” which is the car adjust speed for you.  The car basically drives itself.  If a car in front of you stops your car has sensors that see this and stop for you or slow down.

  • Jkelley0128

    GM continues to go backwards without rear wheel drive or
    even an all wheel drive option and no v8 who do they think will buy one. They
    continue to build cars that no one wants, why do you think most police cars are
    Dodge challenger’s!

  • BlackWallStreet10mm

     1985? I’d love to hear about some of those wonderful cars from the 80’s that you are talking about. Perhaps the mustang?

    I think you need to go back another 15 to 20 years to really see the golden days of quality American car making (excluding the beginning of American car making when numerous companies were producing some of the highest quality cars in the world, such as the Dusenberg brothers (before one of them died from an auto accident). Look at the cars that ford and chevy produced from the mid 50’s into the late 60’s. To me, those are really the sturdiest, most well built American vehicles overall. They were certainly lacking in some of the new fancy technology we have now, but when the hemi V8 came out, it was really an advance on the V8 design, and one that is still a benchmark for some of the highest performance IC engines in the world (top fuel dragsters).

    Even when American auto makers decided to bring back more muscle into their fleets, cars like the Ford Mustang fox body are some of the worst designed vehicles on earth. The one I had was constantly falling apart everywhere, and the interior was just about the cheapest looking thing you could ever imagine. Not to mention the faults in the engine and suspension. I did however like the transmissions they had in them, which were pretty heavy duty for a car that only put down 225bhp and 300lb-ft from the factory (its no coincidence that those t5’s were made by borg warner, not ford).

    I do like the new muscle cars, even if they aren’t quite up to the same standards as the originals. The one car that I really like is the c6 corvette, which is one of the baddest production cars on the planet, in my opinion.

    To be honest with you, if I had the money to buy something like a gt500 or a zl1, I would just find a really nice LS v8 motor and rusto mod a real muscle car like a 66 or 67 GTO with the fancy new fuel injected LS v8 and a brand new suspension. You get the best of both worlds; you have a badass classic body with all the new bells and whistles of a modern muscle car. Some of these rusto mods sell for over 100k at auctions.