Chevrolet has certainly listened to their customers and in the Impala; it has given drivers a vehicle that has flair, as well as potency…
The model year 2014 is already in full swing for Chevrolet as it rolls its products into the Vancouver International Auto Show.
Many of the new and revamped products are already in dealerships so let’s take a look at what’s especially notable for this year.
The popular selling compact from Chevrolet, the Cruz, now comes in an even more efficient setup: the Cruze Diesel.
While the diesel model was launched last summer, it bears a 2014 designation.
Under its hood is a 2.0L turbo-diesel that packs in 151 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft torque. Yes, it has that much torque and is most impressive.
According to the Chevrolet, it has a 0-96 km/h (60 mph) performance of 8.6 seconds, “which is better than the Volkswagen Jetta TDI automatic and competitive with German diesel cars that dominate the North American market.”
In addition to that, it receives an estimated fuel consumption of 4.2L/100km on the highway and 7.5L/100km in the city.
While the Cruze diesel had already been available in Europe, the proven engine needed to be adapted to North American emissions ratings.
It comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and 376.6L trunk space.
It has an MSRP of $24,945 plus $1,550 destination freight charge.
Chevrolet’s flagship sedan is all new for the 2014 model year. Released in 2013, this five-passenger vehicle can certainly hold its own in a segment whose competitors are getting stronger and stronger.
Among its redeeming new features, an all-new exterior design. I think it looks great. Having had the opportunity to take it for a test drive, Chevrolet has certainly listened to their customers and in the Impala; it has given drivers a vehicle that has flair, as well as potency.
Its cabin/interior also received a major overhaul and the result is pleasing to the eyes and to the touch.
The 2014 Impala is offered with three engine choices, including two four-cylinder powertrains and a 3.6L V6.
Output for the 3.6L V6 is rated at 305 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque (358 Nm). That is the highest horsepower output in the segment from a naturally-aspirated V6 engine.
The Ecotec 2.5L is part of a new family of four-cylinder engines developed with increased efficiency and greater refinement. It is rated at 196 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque
The Impala’s Ecotec 2.4L engine with eAssist provides electrical assist in certain conditions to help save fuel. It is rated at 182 horsepower.
The 2013 model year brought forth an all-new Malibu. That said, not much has changed for 2014, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t get a few enhancements.
For example, there’s now a fuel-saving start-stop technology added to the standard model, rear knee room improved by 1.25 inches (31.7 mm) and chassis and suspension developments enhance drive experience.
That’s on top off the overhauled Malibu, on the inside and out.
For those diehard track day fans who have been waiting for an even more performance inspired Camaro, the wait is over. Almost.
For 2014, the Z/28 makes its debut.
All 2014 Camaro models feature a revised exterior design that integrates high-performance aerodynamics for more efficient cooling and stability at high speeds. However, the new Camaro Z/28 adds features like a full aerodynamics package that creates downforce at speed, which helps make it the most track-capable offering in Camaro’s history.
Alongside its aerodynamic prowess, under its hood is a mechanical wonder. Its 7.0L, LS7 V8 hand-assembled engine was co-developed with Corvette Racing to make it as potent as possible.
Its monster engine produces an estimated 500 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
With those figures on paper, don’t expect amazing fuel results!
And just like it takes an experienced driver to put it through its paces, your bank account will most likely need to be seasoned, too! It has an MSRP of $77,400.
If you get to the show, all the GM brands, including Chevrolet, are well-represented.