2014 Chevrolet Impala will shares some features with the 2013 Cadillac XTS

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 17, 2011

The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala was spied last week, confirming that it shares some features with the 2013 XTS sedan -- Cadillac's new flagship. The new Chevrolet Impala will arrive at its showrooms in early 2013. In these photos, the car was heavily camouflaged but it’s clear that it has a sleek silhouette with a long nose, short rear deck, as well as wrap-around headlamps and front fascia.

Sources said that there was a full-sized clay version of the Impala seen in the design studio before styling was finalized. What it showed was that it shared some design cues with the previous generation Audi A6. The clay model had a large, tall, split grille that’s reminiscent of the 2013 Malibu.

The 2014 Impala's grille is different due to its generous use of chrome-like materials.

The car has a highly premium overall look, a big jump from the 2012 Impala. GM hasn’t made it a habit to talk about its new products at this stage of a redesign. Spokesman Mike Albano said that there will be a next gen Impala but he refused to elaborate further.

This clay model also featured a greenhouse that had three windows on each side. In the spy images, Chevrolet covered the small side window (if it stays on the production car).

While the new 2014 Chevrolet Impala marks the debut of a new design and styling, it still features a number of cues that have made it stand out from the rest of the cars in the market in several decades. John Cafaro, director of North America passenger car exterior design, remarked that although the design team rose to the challenge to create a new classic car, they didn’t depend on nostalgia.

Instead, they aimed to create a contemporary car laden with design elements, attention to detail and craftsmanship that greatly complement its performance and advanced technology. For instance, the new Impala is provided with long, low proportions and a wind-swept profile implying motion.

The front end is marked by a wide grille framed by low-profile projector-beam headlamps (HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps on the LTZ) as well as power dome hood.

The LED daytime running lamps specified on the LTZ do not only provide excellent visibility but also render a modern visual statement. On the other hand, the sides of the new Impala are marked by sculpted coves as well as 18-, 19- or 20-inch wheels that help provide the car with the "just right" stance. The new Impala also features a long "greenhouse" area that enhances its sleek look while allowing for excellent visibility.

Although the deck lid seems short, it opens to expose a trunk that could accommodate 18.8 cubic-feet (532 liters) of cargo. The rear fenders, meanwhile, sport a sweeping signature cue that pays tribute to classic Impala designs.

Completing the rear end look of the new Impala are diagonal dual-signature taillamps, with the LTZ version donning chrome-outlined exhaust outlets. Customers could choose from a wide palette of exterior colors to wrap their Impala with: Black, Blue Ray, Blue Topaz Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic and Crystal Red Tintcoat, as well as Cyber Gray, Silver Ice Metallic, Silver Topaz Metallic and Summit White.

Tin Roof Rusted and White Diamond Tricoat exterior finishes are also available. Inside, the 2014 Impala builds on the carmaker’s signature dual-cockpit interior, enhancing it with more premium elements. These are evident on the wraparound flow of the bold instrument panel into the door panels, soft feel of the materials and the upscale appearance of seat stitching, as well as the available ambient lighting.

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