New Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan unveiled in New York

Last week, we saw the new Toyota Avalon, which shed its old man image in two strikes – “emotionally styled exterior design” and “improved dynamic performance”. It wasn’t the only new full-sized car debuting in NYC though, you’re looking at the 2014 all-new Chevrolet Impala that will battle the Avalon.

Like the Avalon, the Impala features striking new sheetmetal that represents the next evolution of Chevrolet’s design vocabulary. So brace yourselves for more Chevys looking like this, a “luxury Camaro saloon”, if there’s such a thing.

New Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan unveiled in New York

“Our design team was challenged to create a new classic, but that didn’t mean relying on nostalgia. This is very much a contemporary car, with design elements, craftsmanship and attention to detail that complement its advanced technology and performance,” said said John Cafaro, director of North America passenger car exterior design.

A package of sound-absorbing, sound-suppressing and even active noise cancellation (on four-cylinder models) contributes to the 2014 Impala being Chevrolet’s quietest full-size sedan ever. For those not used to the US size chart, the Corolla/Civic/Cruze class is “compact”, while the Camry/Accord class is labeled as “midsize”. In that fierce battleground, GM has the Malibu.

New Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan unveiled in New York

The 2014 Impala will be powered by three engines. An Ecotec 2.4L works with the eAssist system to provide electrical assist in certain conditions to help save fuel. It is estimated at 182 hp. The Ecotec 2.5L is part of a new family of four-cylinder engines developed with increased efficiency and greater refinement. This one is estimated at 195 hp. A 3.6L V6 with roughly 303 hp tops the range. All engines come with a six-speed automatic.

Driver assistance systems include full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert. 10 airbags and OnStar will also be available.

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