The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala won’t have front bench seats, according to General Motors. In fact, the 2013 Chevrolet Impala is the last passenger car in North America to offer them. The front bench seat was first seen in 1911 on Chevrolet's first vehicle, the Series C Classic Six. This option will still be offered on pickup trucks and SUVs.
GM doesn’t expect customers to take much notice that the front bench option is no longer available since front bucket seats have become standard. Last year, just one in 10 Impala customers asked for the $195 bench option in the LS and LT models.
In the statement, Clay Dean, GM director of design, said that bucket seats are preferred by many people due to their sportiness even when they’re not driving sports cars.
They also like having a center console where they can conveniently store their phone and other personal stuff. But then Dean doesn’t discount the possibility that the bench seat could reappear in smaller cars due to the nostalgic factor.
Dean pointed out that customers still like them and many still remember snuggling up to their date at a drive-in movie. He said that the seats could possibly return in very small cars such as the EN-V urban mobility concept vehicle whose customers may prefer getting a sense of open space.
A new look for sedan’s Chevrolet's flagship is being showcased by the 2014 Impala. However, it is one that drafts its design from the signature nameplate that it has been relying on for years.
John Cafaro, US passenger vehicle exterior design director, said their team was inspired to create a new classic without taking too much from previous models. The Impala is an innovative car with craftsmanship, design elements and precision that go well with its modern technology and performance.
18, 19 and 20-inch wheels are available for the Impala, and are customized to give a proportioned built for the exterior, while the vehicle's long, low dimension has a wind-swept shape that implies mobility. In the front, low-key projector-beam headlights, which function as LTZ’s LED daytime running lights and HID headlights, are seen around the edges and embrace a broad grille, while performance is expressed by the power dome hood. The LED daytime running lights on LTZ give a new visual appeal, together with superb visibility.
A trademark cue flowing in the rear fenders is drafted from the classic Impala style while the carved coves in the body's sides contribute drama to its design. The "greenhouse" area is long which aids to improve the elegant look of the vehicle while keeping superb visibility.
The deck lid appears short to go well with the overall dimension but its trunk has a cargo capacity of 18.8 cubic-feet (532 liters). The look of the rear is completed by exhaust outlets outlined in chrome on LTZ and slanted dual signature taillights.
Exterior colors include Black, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Champagne Silver Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, White Diamond Tricoat, Tin Roof Rusted, Blue Ray, Blue Topaz Metallic, Cyber Gray, Silver Topaz Metallic and Summit White.