Predictably, Chevrolet hasn’t yet released much information on the pair of cars. The Impala will be the tenth generation of vehicles to wear that name; the nameplate itself originated way back in 1958. The next-generation Impala will be built both in Oshawa, Ontario, and Hamtramck, Detroit. We believe the new sedan will adopt the lines from the Chevrolet Malibu and Camaro, and it should have a more lavish and upscale interior than the current full-size car.
It’s likely that the 3.6-liter V-6 engine will carry over to the 2014 Impala, possibly to be joined by a four-cylinder engine with General Motors’ new eAssist mild-hybrid system. The Impala is expected to ride on a longer version of the Epsilon II platform that underpins the new Malibu. It may also receive all-wheel drive as an option.
We have less trouble predicting the updates Chevrolet has in store for the Traverse. As was previously announced, the three-row crossover will get the same front-center airbag system that has become available for the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave. Other notes suggest the Traverse will have improved suspension and better styling.In the teaser picture, we spy wood and leather interior trim.
The Buick Enclave, which shares its “Lambda” platform with the Traverse and Acadia, also will be refreshed at the New York show. If the Acadia is any indication, expect new LED lighting, a mild face lift, and new safety gear like blind spot warning. As a result, all three of the Lambda crossovers will be refreshed by the end of this year.