Stop-start technology will be offered as standard on the 2015 Chevrolet Impala’s base 2.5-liter engine, General Motors has disclosed. The technology improves the new Impala’s fuel economy by 5 percent. According to GM spokesman Chad Lyons, the implementation of stop-start technology in the Impala is part of the carmaker’s bid to widen the use of the system in its vehicles.
He said that the stop-start technology will become “more prevalent” in GM vehicles. The stop-start technology improves fuel economy by turning off the engine in certain conditions like stop-and-go traffic.
The revamped Impala has become a flagship vehicle for Chevrolet and is the second GM vehicle to offer the stop-start technology as standard. The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu was the first GM unit to offer the system as standard, improving its fuel economy by around 14 percent.
The 3.6-liter engine Impala will not be offered with the stop-start system as standard due to its weight. Lyons remarked that the technology is not so effective in a heavier engine.
According to a Navigant Research report, sales of vehicles laden with stop-start technology will surge to 55.4 million units in 2022 from 8.8 million in 2013. GM will start rolling out the 2015 Impala this summer.
“Stop/start system customer research indicates they want the engine to start up as quickly and smoothly as possible after a stop,” said Mark Meyers, Chevrolet Global Vehicle Performance manager.
The 2.5-liter Impala will have a starting price of $27,735 while the 3.6-liter Impala will have a base tag of $30,960. Both prices include shipping.
The next generation of Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system is now installed in the new Impala. Featuring an intuitive, smartphone-inspired interface, this system earned the 2013 Best-of-CES Award in the Car Tech category, as picked by CNET.
Chevrolet's next-gen MyLink comes with icons for functions like navigation, phone and music apps and it could accommodate new features and enhancements. Highly customizable, Chevrolet's next-gen MyLink represents the brand’s first use of natural language voice recognition to allow users to safely enter destinations, place calls and browse media as well as play music and control other vehicle functions.
Interestingly, the new MyLink allows users to store up to 60 favorites like radio stations (AM/FM/XM), destinations, music and even contacts – making it more convenient for drivers travelling between two places in a regular basis.
Chevrolet’s MyLink comes as standard on LT and LTZ models of the Impala. Just like on a tablet, users could swap and drag on the eight-inch touchscreen. Users could pair their compatible smartphones with MyLink via Bluetooth or a USB connection, allowing them to play their music or other media on their phones through the vehicle. Furthermore, customers whose Impalas feature available embedded navigation could enter destinations in a single step, without needing to enter the state, city, street number and street name. Furthermore, MyLink could provide city-by-city weather reports.
The next-gen MyLink also expands OnStar accessibility as this feature could be accessed through both traditional Blue button and the screen display.