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The aging Chevrolet Impala is finally getting a major overhaul for the 2014 model year, and General Motors has just shoveled $69 million into its Detroit-Hamtramck plant to support production of the next-generation sedan. According to Automotive News, GM will work on repositioning the Impala within Chevrolet's lineup. Currently, the automaker feels that there is too much price overlap between the Impala and smaller Malibu.

Automotive News reports that the 2014 Impala will be built on the longer version of GM's Epsilon platform, destined for use under the new Cadillac XTS flagship. The new, larger Impala will offer more standard equipment than the smaller Malibu, and the two cars will be positioned similar to how the Taurus and Fusion are within Ford's lineup.

In an effort to keep the Impala fresh until its overhaul, GM has fitted the car with the 3.6-liter direct-injected V6 found elsewhere in the automaker's portfolio, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The first sales of the 2014 Impala are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013.


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      Rampant
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring back the classic round taillights and im happy.
      erhcanadian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Spin-doctoring by Autoblog! The platform itself does not determine if a vehicle is "upmarket". The Epsilon platform is also shared with the Malibu. So, the headline could also have read "Impala to used extended version of Malibu platform".
        Kimosen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @erhcanadian
        ...which would also have been spin-doctoring. From Article: "The new, larger Impala will offer more standard equipment than the smaller Malibu, and the two cars will be positioned similar to how the Taurus and Fusion are within Ford's lineup." That's the part that indicates that it's moving upmarket - not the platform.
      V8
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now Australia has better cars than US. I just hope new Cadi won't be "green"…
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      There really is nothing to love about this current model, and if it wasn't called an Impala, there would be nothing to hate about it either. Seeing this car makes me wish GM had absolutely tanked on the styling. Maybe then, a change would have come much sooner, instead of almost a decade later.
      FootballJunkie13
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tthe problem with GM is unlike ford they do not do significant Mid Cycle refreshing to keep the car relevant throughout the design run. I had a 2007 Impala the first year and the desigh was not that bad. Now its considered old. Why. The chevy design language has changed. With the introduction of the current Malibu. The Impala should have followed suit with a front end change at least and modified the rear slightly. Also, update that d@#m interior!!! Nuff said.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why go further upscale? I don't get it. We have Buick for more upscale, then Cadillac above Buick. The Chevrolet doesn't need to be competing with Buick. Isn't this how GM got into trouble in the first place? Too much overlap and cannibalization of sales throughout their brands?
        Chip
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        One of the things that bothers me about this GM "revitalization" is that the news cars replacing old models are coming in at, in many cases, a much higher price point. Chevy's Impala should be a value proposition. While I hope the incoming model makes everyone forget how outdated the old one is, I'm really concerned that this 'recovery' is being won on the backs of US consumers in the form of much higher prices.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chip
          People are thrilled at how Ford is doing it. I guess GM just wants to be media darlings too.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        The money is already spent. At this point you can hope it was a good investment that pays off by strengthening the economy and adding jobs, or you can keep complaining. Frankly, I see GM doing things that make me question their direction, but I want them to succeed.
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        FootballJunkie13
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't know what state you live in pal but....YOU'RE RIGHT!!! I though it was just me feeling that way.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        I've honestly never heard ANYONE call the Impala a great vehicle. I rented an Impala SS once and you could say that I strongly disliked it, not hated, but definitely disliked. The only good thing about it was the straight line speed. Its highway ride had constant up and down motions because it was underdampened. Interior was garbage, seats had NO support. I could go on, but I don't need to. There is a reason why their sales mix is ~70/30 with the higher percentage going to fleets.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
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      From The Back Seat
      • 3 Years Ago
      The smartest proposition that GM should do is kill the Impala now and then resurrect it with the next-gen Commodore sedan as Chevrolet is now the Bargain/Performance brand. I can understand why they are reluctant to just bring the car over now as the Impala as everyone will be able to see that it WAS the G8. I don't know how different the next gen car will be, but it likely will be enough that they can work in some tasteful Chevrolet styling. Then as has been said, market it as a performance/elite sedan against the Chrysler 300/Charger twins. And it will allow them to also bring back the El Camino. If done right, those that don't like the car can migrate to the Malibu or the LaCrosse or Lucerne. As for platform sharing for the XTS, the replacement for the Lucerne can work with that.
        FootballJunkie13
        • 3 Years Ago
        @From The Back Seat
        THe El Camino is irrelevant here with the amount of full size pick-ups that are sold. With the move to make more full efficient large pick ups has basically killed the small size pick up market in the us with GM and Ford, as well as Chrysler. Ford has already killed the Ranger here and redesigned it to sell oversees. Your words are spoken like a true fanboy!!! Also, do you realize that a low volume chevy RWD variant is on its way according to GM..I bet they call it Chevelle.
      Snark McGee
      • 3 Years Ago
      2011 Impala - separated at birth with a 1997 Camry? http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c5/97-99_Toyota_Camry.jpg
        Tyler
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Snark McGee
        Thumb down for weak trolling efforts.
      Mike K
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not surprising. Expect to see a new version of the Caprice fall into the slot the Impala will leave vacant. People have to remember 40-50yrs ago, the Impala was a high class vehicle. It's the past 15 years that have turned it into the bland piece of crap we have now.
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