The 2014 Chevrolet Impala will be bigger, more upscale
Currently, the Impala and Malibu are Chevrolet’s top selling cars but General Motors isn’t happy with the amount of price overlap between the two. The problem is that there really aren’t enough things separating the two for GM to price the two sedans away from each other but when the new 2014 Chevrolet Impala is introduced, we expect it to be larger and offer amenities more comparable to the Cadillac lineup.
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is expected to be built upon GM’s Epsilon platform which will also be used for the new upcoming flagship from Cadillac – the XTS. This will give the Impala a decisive advantage in cargo and passenger room compared to the Malibu but Chevrolet will also pack the 2014 Impala with more standard features, allowing the Impala to stand out as the flagship sedan for Chevrolet while the Malibu is left to carry the torch among the more affordable, midsized sedans. Luckily, since the high end Cadillac XTS sedan is likely to pack a ton of standard high luxury features, Chevrolet should be able to equip the new Impala with enough goodies to clearly differentiate it from the Malibu while still leaving plenty of room between itself and the new XTS.
This moves makes plenty of sense and if you look at the in-town competition, you will see a defined line between the Ford Fusion and Taurus, and the Dodge Avenger and Charger. With both the Ford and Dodge mid-sized sedans compared to the full sized sedans, there is a clear difference in overall size, interior room, cargo room and performance capacities. However, that line is much less clear for the current incarnations of the Chevrolet Malibu and Impala.
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is expect to hit the US market in late 2013, with these new full sized Chevrolet sedans being built alongside the Malibu and Chevy Volt at the Detroit Hamtramck production facility. There has been no indication as to what drivetrains will power the upscale 2014 Impala but with the recent move for the current Impala to run the direct injection 3.6L V6 similar to the one in the Chevrolet Camaro, we can expect to see that engine offered in some form for the next generation of the Impala.
Source: Automotive News
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