The first Chevrolet model to use the second-generation version of the MyLink infotainment system, including the new software and user interface, is the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala sedan. It will go on sale in the spring of 2013. There will be four preloaded themes to choose from.
Users can change the appearance of the system in the center stack and a display in the gauge cluster. Chevrolet revealed that to develop these themes, it examined smartphones, tablets and sports graphics. Natural language voice commands are accepted by the new MyLink. Smartphones are used to get a link to the internet.
It has a memory that could store as many as 60 entries for your contacts and list of radio stations and navigation destinations. The system could connect up to 10 devices via Bluetooth or a USB port. Users can use tablet-style drag and swipe gestures to page on the 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan.
A 4.2-inch display is used by the base version of MyLink. Last Tuesday, Chrysler said that variations of the second-generation MyLink system will be used on several redesigned 2014 Chevrolet models such as the Corvette, Silverado pickup and Tahoe and Suburban SUVs.
Impala has long been considered as the flagship sedan of Chevrolet. For the 2014 model year though, while it will have a new design, it will be one that serves to respect the different cues that has separated this classic range for its rivals for years now. Having the sculpted coves on its sides give it that needed emotion especially with the wide-range signature cues placed on the rear fenders.
This is to pay tribute to the classic design the Impala is known for. By making the “greenhouse” region long, it helps to improve how smooth the appearance of this model is while ensuring that exceptional visibility is maintained. As if to complement to overall proportion of this model, the deck lid has a short look. Even then, it shows a trunk that has cargo space of 532 liters (18.8 cubic feet).
Rounding off the look of the rear area are the dual-signature diagonal taillamps. The LTZ trim though will also have the exhaust outlets having a chrome outline. On the front are the projector-beam low-profile headlamps, or HID, which not only manages to sweep the corners but even frame the vehicle’s wide grille. Adding in the power dome hood helps showcase performance.
However for the LTZ, there will also be the LED daytime running lights. Aside from providing exceptional visibility, they also give a more modern statement. The combination of the wind-swept profile and the low and long proportion gives it a sense of motion. It also has that “just right” stance with the choice of the 18-inch, 19-inch, and 20-inch wheels.
Making the wheels even more exclusive is that they have been customized for the body. John Cafaro, who is the North America Director for Passenger Car Exterior Design, revealed that while the main challenge of the design team was to come up with a new classic, it was important not to rely too much on nostalgia. This truly a modern car with the performance and cutting-edge technology, he added. Complementing this, Cafaro continued, were the design elements, additional attention to detail, and high level of craftsmanship.