2012 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2014 Chevrolet Impala debuts at the 2012 New York Auto Show, with an eye toward improved fuel economy and a less dowdy look.
- Consumers will get three engine choices, ranging from the carryover 3.6-liter V6 to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with the eAssist hybrid system.
- The Impala gets a sleeker, more sculpted look designed to make it more competitive against such affordable full-size cars as the Dodge Charger and Ford Taurus.
NEW YORK — The 2014 Chevrolet Impala debuts this week at the 2012 New York Auto Show, with an eye toward improved fuel economy and a less dowdy look.
The 2014 Impala comes with three engine choices, including the carryover 3.6-liter V6 and a 182-horsepower Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with the eAssist hybrid system. GM says Impalas with eAssist are expected to achieve 35 mpg on the highway. The 2.4-liter engine delivers 121 hp less than the V6 engine, which churns out 303 hp. The EPA has not yet rated the 2014 Impala. The 2012 Impala with the V6 delivers 18 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
The Impala joins such GM vehicles as the 2013 Buick Regal in getting the eAssist system.
The 2014 Impala will also be offered with an Ecotec 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers an estimated 195 hp, said GM. All three of the 2014 Impala's engines are linked to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The redesigned Impala goes on sale in early 2013. Pricing has not been announced. The base 2012 Chevrolet Impala starts at $26,585, including an $825 destination charge.
The Impala gets a sleeker, more sculpted look designed to make it more competitive against such affordable full-size cars as the Dodge Charger and Ford Taurus. The Impala has long been criticized for its forgettable styling and inferior interior.
"Our design team was challenged to create a new classic, but that didn't mean relying on nostalgia," said John Cafaro, GM director of North America passenger car exterior design, in a statement.
The Impala gets a longer, lower look and a range of 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels. HID headlights and LED daytime running lights are standard on LTZ models. The cabin gets a complete redesign and includes optional Chevrolet MyLink, which bundles Bluetooth audio streaming.
The 10th-generation Impala gets more high-tech options, including lane departure warning, side blind zone alert and adaptive cruise control. It also features 10 standard airbags.
Edmunds.com says: It's a little hard to imagine a 182-hp Impala — but undoubtedly some consumers will prefer savings at the pump to power.