April 7th, 2012
Without a doubt, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala probably turned out be one of the more pleasant surprises of the recent New York Auto Show. In a mighty effort to shed itself of the current model’s dowdy image as a car that you wouldn’t want to drive even if you rented it, the new car is certainly lightyears ahead of the outgoing model inside and out. It’s also millions of millennia ahead of the outgoing car with its option list too, which almost seems Xeroxed from some snooty banker’s big Mercedes.
There is one option that, unlike its competitors from Ford and Chrysler as well as a banker’s Mercedes, won’t be appearing on the spec sheets, however — all-wheel drive. GM-centric website GMInsideNews.com spoke to Chevrolet representatives at the New York Auto Show about the new Impala and outright asked if the car would have all-wheel drive optional. After all, many curious minds have wondered aloud about it since the wraps were pulled off the big Chevy and both of its mechanical cousins at Buick and Cadillac offer it. The answer was no since Chevrolet believes full-sized all-wheel drive sedans only capture a small sliver of buyers in the segment.