2014 Chevrolet Impala Celebrates Middle East Debut
Chevrolet introduces the 2014 Impala, its full-size flagship sedan that boasts a head-turning design, a spacious refined interior and advanced technologies, to the Middle East in May 2013.
Introducing new levels of comfort and technology, the 2014 Impala features 10 standard air bags as well as a host of available safety technologies such as forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear camera and rear-park assist.
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala represents the 10th generation of one of the industry’s most enduring and popular nameplates. It has been America’s best-selling full-size sedan since 2004, with total sales of more than 169,000 in 2012.
“Chevrolet has historically dominated the full-size sedan segment. I am confident with the new Impala, we will recapture the number one spot,” said John Stadwick, President and Managing Director of General Motors Middle East Operations.
“The 2014 Impala will not only further strengthen Chevrolet’s reputation in the region but also set a new benchmark for efficiency, refinement, infotainment and driving confidence,” added Stadwick.
The 2014 Impala’s V6 engine will be the most powerful naturally aspired engine in the segment. The car also receives a responsive electric power steering system and enhanced suspension that provides customers with a confident driving experience.
Inside, the vehicle offers ultimate comfort in a quiet environment with spacious front and rear legroom, generous storage and smartphone-influenced connectivity with MyLink, Chevrolet’s new infotainment system.
The 2014 Impala arrives in showrooms in June and is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models. In the United Arab Emirates, prices start at AED 105,000 for the LS and AED 129,000 for the LTZ model.
The 2014 Impala introduces a new aesthetic for Chevrolet’s flagship sedan.
“Our design team was challenged to create a new classic,” said John Cafaro, director of GM North America passenger car exterior design. “This is very much a contemporary car, with design elements, craftsmanship and attention to detail that complement its advanced technology and performance.”
The Impala’s long, low proportion has a wind-swept profile that suggests motion, while the range of 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels is tailored to the body to provide that “just right” stance. At the front, low-profile projector-beam headlamps – or HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps on LTZ – sweep around the corners and frame a wide grille, while a power dome hood conveys performance. The LTZ’s LED daytime running lamps provide a contemporary visual statement, along with great visibility.
Sculpted coves in the body sides add to the Impala’s design drama, with a sweeping signature cue in the rear fenders that acknowledges classic Impala designs. The “greenhouse” area is long, enhancing the sleek look of the car while maintaining excellent visibility. The deck lid appears short to complement the overall proportion, but opens to reveal a trunk with 532 liters of cargo space.
Exterior colors include Black, Blue Ray Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Red Rock Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White and White Diamond Tricoat.
The 2014 Impala builds on Chevrolet’s signature dual-cockpit interior with greater attention to detail and upscale features – seen in everything from the wraparound flow of the bold instrument panel into the door panels and the available ambient lighting, to the soft feel of the materials and the premium appearance of the seats’ stitching. The instrument panel integrates a dynamic instrument cluster with a standard 4.2-inch color display with reconfigurable features for the driver information center. An eight-inch touch screen with concealed storage behind it is matched with the available Chevy MyLink system on LT and LTZ models.
LS model features premium cloth seats, while LT model comes standard with premium cloth with leatherette seats and sueded microfiber-trimmed seats are available. LTZ model features standard leather seats.
Interior color choices include Brownstone, Dark Titanium, Jet Black and Mojave.
Quiet and refined cabin
The 2014 Impala’s comfort and refinement are rooted in a strong body structure, enabling a quiet passenger environment and a great overall feeling of quality. The stiff architecture also enabled engineers to tune the ride and handling more precisely, for a great feeling of control and comfort.
An acoustically laminated windshield and front-door glass, along with liquid-applied sound deadener, sound-absorbing carpet and an isolated engine cradle, are some of the features that help provide a quiet driving experience.
The Impala offers a roomy and airy ambience. Thin A-pillars and a low instrument panel enhance outward visibility, while the car’s six-window “greenhouse” surrounds passengers with natural light. The seats are bolstered for great support and the seat cushions deliver a firm, premium feel that’s equally comfortable on a long journey or a five-minute trip to the store. Standard on LT and LTZ models, the rear-seat headrests fold to improve rear visibility when there are no back-seat passengers.
Premium interior materials and details such as high-quality fabric, sueded microfiber and perforated leather appointments, complement the quiet environment and give the Impala a substantive look and feel. The instrument cluster has a rich look, with multidimensional gauges and a configurable color driver information center with a 4.2-inch screen. The cluster’s ice-blue lighting enhances the upscale aura of the cabin, while available chrome trim with “bleed-through” ambient lighting further enhances the cabin’s sophisticated flair. It completely transforms the trim’s appearance by illuminating it during nighttime driving.
A prominent “center stack” is integrated in the instrument panel and houses the climate controls and Chevrolet MyLink, which includes navigation and Bluetooth audio streaming among many other features – and is controlled via a touch screen on an available eight-inch display. A standard audio amplifier is a feature not typical for the segment and a Bose surround-sound audio system is available – the first in a Chevrolet car.
Additional available features include remote start, passive entry/exit, keyless starting, power tilting/telescoping steering column with memory, dual-zone climate control and heated and ventilated front seats. The Impala also packs great storage options, including a generous center console and a hidden storage area behind the optional motorized eight-inch color touch screen.
Easy-to-use Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system
Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, with its intuitive, smartphone-inspired interface, is available on the 2014 Impala.
MyLink on the Impala is designed to accommodate new features and enhancements and be highly customizable. The system can store up to 60 favorites, including radio stations (AM/FM), contacts, destinations, music and other media. This feature is convenient for those who travel to the same destination regularly and want to save locations such as hotels and restaurants.
MyLink is standard on LT and LTZ models. On its eight-inch screen, customers can fling through lists, swipe and drag just as they would on a tablet. Users with compatible smartphones can pair them with MyLink using Bluetooth or a USB connection. This gives customers the ability to play passengers’ music or other media through the vehicle.
Another feature allows customers whose Impalas are equipped with available embedded navigation to enter destinations in a single step, without having to enter the state, city, street number and street name in successive efforts.
Responsive driving experience
The Impala is powered by a 3.6L V6 with Variable Valve Timing which featuring fuel-saving direct injection and lightweight components. Matched with six speed automatic transmissions, it is rated at 305 horsepower and 358 Nm of torque, with excellent fuel economy of 8.1 L/100km (highway).
The powertrain is the force behind Impala’s confident, responsive driving experience, which is tuned for comfortable performance and rooted in a more robust body structure. The long wheelbase with a wide rear track, gives the Impala an excellent feeling of comfort and control, no matter the road conditions.
Engineers optimized the upper body structure shape, material, and metal gage to meet all performance requirements with minimal mass, and then applied the mass strategically to other areas of the vehicle. This mass savings allowed engineers to add a front strut tower reinforcement to improve structural feel.
Those strut towers are home to a MacPherson-strut front suspension design that delivers a greater measure of control with rebound springs that are internal to the struts. They enable more refined calibration of the struts that result in a smoother overall ride, while also enhancing body roll control and weight transfer during acceleration or turning. That helps keep the wheels planted, which contributes to the new Impala’s more precise, controlled feel – especially while cornering at speed.
An isolated front cradle for the engine and transmission, as well as a hydraulic ride bushing, help deliver a smoother, quieter ride. At the rear is a proven four-link suspension design, with a slightly wider track that contributes to the Impala’s more planted feel on the road. Isolated mounting provisions for the rear suspension also contribute to the car’s quiet, smooth driving experience.
All models feature an electric variable-assist steering system (EPS) that helps save fuel by drawing energy only when the steering wheel is turned. Designed to complement Impala’s balance of responsiveness and comfort, the EPS’s feel is light and direct, with great assistance at low speeds and high effort at highway speeds. It also incorporates Pull Drift Compensation, which automatically adjusts the steering effort to account for factors such as crowned roads or high crosswinds – factors that typically cause the driver to turn the steering wheel slightly to maintain a straight path.
Sensors detect the steering correction and adjust the torque applied to the steering system to relieve the effort on the driver, helping to maintain smooth, straight driving with less input. Pull Drift Compensation is an integrated feature of the EPS system and engages seamlessly, without the driver’s knowledge.
Advanced safety technology
The 2014 Impala offers one of the most comprehensive collections of standard and available safety features in the segment. It employs advanced technologies to help avoid crashes. Visual and audible alerts, depending on the alert feature, help drivers identify potential crash situations and even intervene when a crash threat appears more imminent. The alerts are designed to identify potential threats with sufficient warning to give the driver time to react and make changes.
The available safety features and benefits include firsts for Chevrolet and Impala:
- Forward collision alert – Camera technology detects a possible crash threat and alerts the driver, giving him or her time to stop and/or change course.
- Lane departure warning – A camera-based lane detection system warns the driver of impending lane changes. The camera, mounted near the inside rearview mirror, identifies traffic lane markings and provides audible alerts.
- Side blind zone alert – Using radar sensors on both sides of the vehicle, the system “looks” for other vehicles in the blind zone areas of the Impala and indicates their presence with LED-lit symbols in the outside mirrors.
- Rear cross traffic alert – Based on the radar sensors of side blind zone alert, it warns the driver of vehicles in traffic when backing out of a parking spot – including angled parking. Visual and audible alerts are triggered if moving vehicles are detected.
- Rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines – With a display in the center stack infotainment system, the camera provides a view of objects directly behind the Impala, while the dynamic guidelines provide a reference that helps make parking and other maneuvers easier.
- Ultrasonic rear park assist – Uses sensors in the rear bumper to detect objects directly behind the vehicle and alerts the driver.
The advanced, crash-avoidance technologies complement the Impala’s occupant protection features, including 10 standard air bags:
- Dual-depth frontal passenger air bags with passenger sensing system
- Driver and front passenger side-impact air bags
- Driver and front passenger knee air bags
- Rear outboard side-impact air bags
- Head curtain air bags with rollover sensing for front and rear outboard positions
- Safety belt pretensioners
- Child seat restraint system
Impala also employs systems that enable greater vehicle control, including standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, all-speed traction control, four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel ABS and electronic brake force distribution, which ensures optimal braking force at both axles for maximum stability under heavy braking.