In 1958, Chevy added the Impala to its family. For years, the Impala was a premium class fullsize sedan. Unfortunately, over the past decade or so, the Impala became a bland mainstream sedan which was better suited for the rental car fleet, as opposed to a must-have head-turning vehicle. Well, fast forward to today, the front-wheel drive 2014 premium-class Impala makes its return with a new body style, an upscale interior and loads of high tech gadgets which will surely attract consumers to vehicle again.
John Cafaro, the lead exterior designer for the Impala, used a number of styling cues to set the vehicle apart from years of bland unassuming designs. The battle for the design team was to create a classic, but contemporary design, according to Cafaro. Cafaro also notes how he affectionately mentions how the design team incorporated the 1958 Impala into the side rear profile of the brand’s flagship.
And depending upon the angle the vehicle is viewed, one can also find styling cues from the sporty Camaro, when viewing the vehicle from the front. And from a side profile once can capture sloping shapes of the Infiniti M-Series. Yes, the curvaceous Impala mixes in a number of designs to create this stunning work of art on wheels. Ironically, the Impala is built off of the same platform as the Buick LaCrosse. And unlike Buicks’flagship vehicle, the Lacrosse, the Impala has a longer greenhouse, which helps enhance the sleek look of this redesigned Chevy.
GM is back in the fullsize game. With the tenth-generation Impala, Chevy is going head-to-head with the Chrysler 300, the Ford Taurus, the Hyundai Azera, the Nissan Maxima and the Toyota Avalon. With the redesign Impala, Chevy plans on dominating the fullsize vehicle segment, just as they have since 2004. However, the folks from GM plan on making retail sales a significant part of the sales equation, as opposed to depending upon the rental car fleets to boost sales.
After 8 years of wearing the same bland exterior design, the tenth-generation Impala arrives in April.
The Impala expands from three trim levels to five trim levels for the 2014 model. The base model Impala starts out a respectable $27,535 and rise up to $41,845, when fully optioned.
What Makes This A Premium Class Vehicle
Since 1958, the Impala has come a long way, baby! Today’s Impala has almost every feature available as if it were a Cadillac, Lexus or Mercedes-Benz. In the Impala, one can expect such features as a forward collision alert system, a lane departure warning system, a rear cross traffic alert system, a rear parking assist system, an adaptive cruise control system, LED Headlamps, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, a push-button keyless starter, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an electronic parking brake, a touchscreen audio infotainment system known as ‘My Link’ and 20-inch wheels.
In addition to the high-tech features, Crystal Windham, the lead interior designer, incorporated an upscale feel and look in a mainstream brand. Two-tone colors and sewing machine-like stitching surrounds the cockpit, the doors and the seats. Added to that, the ambient lighting throughout the vehicle gives the roomy Impala an upscale feel.