Production of the next-generation Chevrolet Impala will be at General Motors’ plant in Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich. The current Impala is built at GM's Oshawa, Ontario, plant. What we know about the next Impala is that it will have similar dimensions to the current Impala and it will share a front-wheel-drive platform with a new Cadillac.
The Detroit-Hamtramck plant is also where the Chevrolet Volt and the upcoming restyled and re-engineered 2013 Malibu will be built.
The Cadillac DTS and the Buick Lucerne are assembled at this plant but the DTS has stopped production this week and the Lucerne will also end its run within a few weeks. GM has yet to reveal information about the new Impala such as its model year or its time frame but according to sources, the new sedan will start production in November or December 2012.
The sources say that the new Impala is a 2014 model and that it will start selling in the first quarter of 2013. It’s believed that the new Impala and the 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan will be built on the same longer version of GM's re-engineered Epsilon platform.
This platform is designed for all-wheel drive but it has yet to be confirmed if Impala will have this feature. The XTS starts production in 2012 and it’s believed that the Oshawa plant is where it will be built. This is the plant that rolls out the Chevrolet Camaro and Buick Regal.
The Impala has long been the flagship sedan of Chevrolet. For the 2014 model though, it will come with a new design that will serve as tribute to the features that have made the brand stand out for years now. For the exterior for example, colors that will be offered are Blue Topaz Metallic, Blue Ray, Champagne Silver Metallic, Silver Topaz Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Tin Roof Rusted, Cyber Gray, Crystal Red Tintcoat, White Diamond Tricoat, Summit White, and Black.
In terms of proportion, the Impala is low yet long. However, due to the wind-swept profile, it gives off the impression that it is moving. In order to give the body of the 2014 Impala the right amount of stance, the brand is offering a choice of three wheels customized to match the body, namely: the 18-inch version, 19-inch ones, and the 20-inch variants. On the front part lies the projector-beam and low-profile headlamps, also known as the daytime running lamps on LTZ that uses LED and the HID headlamps. These headlamps are able to stretch on the corners and thus border its wide grille.
The addition of a power dome hood meanwhile makes it communicate performance. Aside from providing excellent visibility, the LED daytime running lamps on the LTZ version give it that modern visual look. The sides of its body have those molded coves which increases the excitement of the new design.
Meanwhile the fender in the rear has that sweeping signature cue which recognizes the design of the classic Impala. There is a greenhouse area that is not just long but that improves the vehicle’s sleek appearance all while being able to provide amazing visibility. In order to match its overall proportion, the deck lid of the 2014 Impala projects a short look. However once the trunk is opened, one is likely to be surprised with the cargo space of 532 liters (18.8 cubic feet).
Rounding up the appearance of the rear portion are the dual-signature and diagonal taillamps. For the LTZ version, the rear will also have its exhaust outlets outlined with chrome. Director of North America passenger car exterior design John Cafaro shared that the main challenge issued to the design team was to come up with a new classic in a way that doesn’t depend on nostalgia.
The 2014 Impala therefore, he added, is a modern car whose craftsmanship, design elements, and attention to detail are able to balance with its performance and the innovative technology inside. Meanwhile the interior is fitted with the dual-cockpit interior that Chevrolet is known for. In addition, the interior has exclusive features and extra attention was placed on the details. This is evidenced from the bold instrument panel with its wraparound flow, ambient lighting, and the door panels.
Then there is the use of the materials with the soft feel and the exceptional look of the stitching of the seats. The instrument cluster comes with a color 4.2-inch display and is integrated to the instrument panel. It even has a driver information center that offers features that allow reconfiguration. There is also the 8-inch touch screen that hides storage space at the back of it. The LT and the LTZ variants are complemented by the Chevy MyLink system. The LT version has the standard seats in cloth or vinyl with the LS variant having cloth seats. For the LT and LTZ versions, the suede seats with the microfiber trim are offered and even have the perforated leather seating as standard.