There isn't a whole lot to get excited about in the world of near-luxury, full-size, front-wheel-drive sedans. Stalwarts like the Ford Taurus and Toyota Avalon continue to make their way into the driveways of gray-haired shoppers, and new entries like the redesigned Hyundai Azera are attempting to add a little bit of spice to an otherwise bland segment. In recent years, the Chevrolet Impala has nearly fallen off the map in this class simply because it hasn't been seriously updated since its launch in 2005 as a 2006 model. (The big four-door did get a new engine for 2012, finally.) But that's all about to change.

The 2014 Impala will be based on the same front-wheel-drive Epsilon-II architecture that underpins the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and Cadillac XTS. But instead of sharing many of its components with the 'Bu, reports indicate that the Impala will use a lot of the features of the XTS in an effort to give it a much more premium feel than the current model. And while the majority of the new car's styling details are still covered up by the heavy camouflage, we can see premium features like large alloy wheels and what appear to be LED running lights up front. We just hope General Motors hasn't just taken the easy way out and created a Malibu on steroids.

Mum's the word on powertrain offerings, but earlier reports have suggested that GM's direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 will be on board, as well as the new 2.0-liter turbo four that's slated for use in the Cadillac ATS. An eAssist version is also rumored to be in the cards.

Look for the 2014 Impala to launch sometime during the 2013 calendar year. Production is slated to be split between GM's Oshawa, Ontario plant, as well as the Detroit-Hamtramck facility where the Malibu and Volt are built.


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      Renshcp
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anybody else find the first sentence describing this segment of cars as "near-luxury, full-size, front-wheel-drive sedans" a little off? Maybe it is just me, but I've never considered recent Impalas as "near luxury". Full size I can agree with :)
        gnvlscdt23f
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Renshcp
        Not way off because every other entry into the large sedan segment, regardless of drive wheels, excepting fleet-grade, ARE near luxury, and because it looks like GM's trying to move the Impala up to that level. Even the Taurus in its most basic level offered to consumers is reasonably fancy. Few buy in this segment looking for a base car these days; it's why the GLS level Azera won't be returning and why the Impala has been mostly a fleet buy lately.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      THe front will probably be less Malibu than this, but I bet the rest of it is pretty accurate. Chop based on the XTS: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IUH-655eTHE/Tu4TpZ-6X_I/AAAAAAAAFh4/_WuuCWiKPQA/s1600/2013ImpalaSedan_1250px.jpg
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        If that's what its gonna look like, then I'm excited for it. Uses the Malibu front end, but the elements behind it jibe nicely and create an elegant look.
      T0pgear
      • 3 Years Ago
      Either the wheelbase is really short, or this car is reallllly long..
        FSLIV
        • 3 Years Ago
        @T0pgear
        Yeah it looks longer than the Caddi XTS
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @FSLIV
          Actually, it's just as long. It's 202" long, just as the XTS is.
      JIM
      • 3 Years Ago
      We want a new Chevelle SS, two doors of course.
      EJD1984
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will this be unveiled next month at the NYC Auto Show? I'm sure it will be nice, but I'm still holding out for a proper rwd sedan from Chevrolet.
        Chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EJD1984
        GM seems to be of the impression that no one wants rwd sedans, never mind the fact that I see, or notice, far more Chargers on the roads than Impalas.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      This new one can't come a minute too soon.
      LoneWolf
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who cares about a fwd Impala anyway.
      leo
      • 3 Years Ago
      hole fu..ck overhangs the whole engine is in front of hte front wheels cant be a serious handling car and seem they are not making it rwd. does the trunk really need to be 10 feet long i'm expecting nothing less than disapointment
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did GM only benchmark the old Impala like they did with the Malibu? If so, be prepared for another lackluster vehicle.
        Joshua Bolden
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        +1 Bingo!
        Shooter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        So you're saying that GM only benchmarked their own product when engineering the 2013 Malibu? Do you realize how ignorant that makes you sound?
          Jerry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Shooter
          No, that is true! Read the Motor Trend review. That is not the truth though. That marketing BS came out after the thing was out performed by the current Malibu, Sonata, and Camry on an executive ride over a year ago.
        Brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Love the new Malibu. I have a 2010, but went and drove the new one here in Madison WI (Ballweg Chevrolet). They have a pearl white one. I though my 2010 was good. WOW, the new one is better in just about every way imagineable.
      john92lx91gls
      • 3 Years Ago
      LMAO @ Azerea trying to pump up an "otherwise bland segment". Taurus SHO anybody? Chrysler 300C, maybe? These are not bland cars, but the Azerea certainly is (as is the Toyota mentioned). Even the non-SHO Taurus isn't bland, it certainly looks a lot better than what's coming out of Korea or Japan. Same goes for the 300, only slightly less so IMO.
        Greg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @john92lx91gls
        The Azera looks like a blown up Sonata.
        Felix
        • 3 Years Ago
        @john92lx91gls
        Chrysler 300 is certainly not bland, but is rear-wheel drive. Buick Lacrosse is a nice design in this segment. Wonder how much less the Impala will be priced than that.
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @john92lx91gls
        Honestly while I don't care for the designs I appreciate what the Japanese and Korean automakers are doing in this segment a lot more than the US. I just don't see the point of a 2 ton FWD psuedo-performance sedan that rings in at around $40,000. Honestly if I was shopping the large sedan segment I would be looking for something akin to the Azera or Passat CC, not a Charger SRT8.
        Neil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @john92lx91gls
        problem is that the taurus has a small interior!
        Rafi Reddy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @john92lx91gls
        Azera*
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fleets everywhere are waiting with bated breath.
      Scr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Correction: This car has not been SERIOUSLY updated since its launch as a FWD econo-barge way back in 2000, out of a platform from the late 80's.
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