As if the refreshed 2014 Impala isn’t already one of the baddest looking sedans to grace the local rent-a-wreck parking lot, Chevy went ahead and pushed the bounds of rental-rig supremacy with the Urban Cool Concept.
Chevy started by fitting the concept with an aggressive ground-effect kit that turns the Impala from rental-lot throwaway to a pretty sexy machine. Chevy then dropped the ride height a little for a stouter stance, draped a coat of bright-white paint on the body, added in a custom-painted grille and slapped on a set of 20-inch roller with grille-matching accents for good measure.
On the inside, Chevy added in high-gloss, piano-black and anodized, low-gloss black trimming combined with contrasting Sky Cool Gray leather-trimmed seats that pop, thanks to their orange stitching.
For you techies. Chevy added in an 11-speaker, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System, Chevrolet MyLink system and an eight-inch color touchscreen.
Not really our cup of tea, as the Impala is the same stamped out rent-o-buggy it’s always been, just in a different wrapper. What we want to see are some performance goodies on the Impala...
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The 2014 Impala gets a healthy overhaul, but it remains a staple piece in various fleets, primarily rental companies. It comes with a choice of three engines, with the most popular being a the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder that delivers a total of 195 horsepower.
Optional on the 2014 Impala is a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that delivers a average-for-the-class 303 horsepower. These 300 ponies afford the sedan a decent 0-to-60 mph time in the high-six-second range, putting it on par with most other large sedans.
For customers looking for better fuel economy, Chevy also offers a hybrid version that delivers a total of 182 horsepower.
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All-new for 2014, the Impala’s aggressive good looks contributed to a 64-percent rise in retail sales in September. The Urban Cool concept builds on the Impala LTZ with custom-painted grille accents, Chevrolet Accessories concept ground effects and Chevrolet Accessories concept 20-inch wheels painted to match the grille accents.
A lowered stance further accents the sporty style while the LTZ’s high-intensity discharge headlamps and light-emitting diode, or LED, daytime running lamps lend a more sophisticated appearance. Inside, the trim is painted high-gloss piano black and anodized low-gloss black, contrasting with Sky Cool Gray leather-trimmed seats that also feature perforated leather inserts and orange stitching.
The Urban Cool concept rocks with the Impala’s available 11-speaker Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound System, which connects to the Chevrolet MyLink system via an eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen.