Spy shots and leaked info on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala have begun to appear, according to Automotive News. Among the pearls is an admission: The 2014 Chevy Impala may have numerous things in common with the 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan. The public will know for sure when the new Impala hits showrooms in early 2013.
Design cues evident
While the spy shots that have become available depict a vehicle that is obscured by dark camouflage covering, certain design elements of the 2013 Cadillac XTS are visible. An earlier clay model of the 2014 Impala even offered a visual nod to the Audi A6, note various sources. A long, sleek nose is visible in the silhouette, the rear deck appears short and there are wrap-around headlamps and trim details around the roof that stand out from previous iterations of the Impala.
The clay model of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala also had a large, split front grille that resembles that of a 2013 Chevy Malibu. The spy photographs noted that the Impala’s grille will use more chrome materials, however. In a kind of greenhouse effect, the new Impala’s clay mockup shows three windows on either side of the vehicle. In the spy photos, the small side window was covered, indicating it may or may not remain on the production model of the car.
Perhaps most significantly, the new version of the Impala will have a more upscale appearance than previous iterations of the Impala line.
Since no significant redesign for the Chevrolet Impala have occurred since 2006, experts are quick to point out that what insiders have seen of the 2014 model indicates that long overdue changes are occurring. Reports indicate that the new Impala’s ride and handling will be much improved, as will the effectiveness of noise insulation. Backup assist via a rear camera will come standard, as will navigation system and touchscreen infotainment center. Fuel economy will be achieved through the General Motors E-assist hybrid system, involving electric motors and regenerative breaking.
The Cadillac link
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala and the new model Cadillac XTS will share an identical vehicle platform, taken from General Motors’ Epsilon architecture, notes Automotive News. Like the Cadillac, the new Impala will be front-wheel drive, with all-wheel-drive in reserve as an option. Length and width will be nearly the same.
If Impala redux proves to be anything like the redesigned 2010 Ford Taurus, the model line will surely be rejuvenated.