GM announced that the 2015 Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel will have a starting price of $38,210, including an $825 destination charge, but excluding tax, title, license, dealer fees as well as operational equipment. Set to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2014 to both fleet and retail customers, the 2015 Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel is able to run on both compressed natural gas (CNG) and gasoline.
The Impala Bi-Fuel is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 303 hp and 358 Nm (164 lb-ft) of torque when running on gasoline. When running on CNG only 85 percent of the power produced with gasoline is available.
According to the official press release, the engine comes with hardened valves and valve seats for improved resistance and durability with the CNG fuel system. The CNG tank is located in the trunk and has a capacity of 7.8 gallons of gasoline, meaning that it provides a range of 150 city miles.
Using both gasoline and compressed gas the Impala Bi-Fuel has a range of 500 city miles. Chevrolet says that the average fuel savings of its car is nearly $1.25 per gasoline-gallon-equivalent based on current fuel prices.
As expected, drivers can change fuel when driving by pushing a button on the dashboard. The CNG fuel system is validated by GM covered by GM’s three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited bumper-to-bumper warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
The new 2014 Chevrolet Impala not only reveals new visuals for the flagship sedan of the brand but has one that remains to honor all the cues that have helped distinguish this classic nameplate for years. Helping bring in that design drama are the sculpted coves placed on the body sides. Further the rear fenders have that sweeping signature cue which recognizes the classic designs of the Impala.
Since the area of the “greenhouse” is long, it ensures exceptional visibility while improving the car’s sleek look. With the deck lid appearing to be short, it helps complement the 2014 Impala’s overall proportion. Even then, it shows a trunk that can offer total cargo space of 532 liters (18.8 cubic feet). Rounding off the appearance of the rear section are the diagonal dual-signature taillamps, though the LTZ version will also have the chrome-outlined exhaust outlets.
The low and long proportion of the Impala has a wind-swept profile which hints at motion and by offering the choice of 18-inch, 19-inch, and even 20-inch, wheels that have been customized to the body, it gives this model that “just right” stance. Looking at the front section, one is likely to see the project-beam low-profile headlamps that frame the wide grille and sweep around the vehicle’s corners.
For the LTZ, it will have the HID headlamps as well as the LED daytime running lamps. The LED daytime running lamps in particular enable the LTZ to provide better visibility and give it a more modern visual statement. For the exterior, colors offered are Black, Blue Topaz Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, and White Diamond Tricoat. Offered as well are Blue Ray, Champagne Silver Metallic, Cyber Gray, Silver Topaz Metallic, and Tin Roof Rusted.
John Cafaro, who is the Director of North America Passenger Car Exterior Design, revealed that the challenge of the design team was to come up with a new classic without heavily relying on nostalgia. The 2014 Impala, he added, is truly a more model car. He added that this new model has performance and cutting-edge technology that is complemented by craftsmanship, design elements, and attention to detail.