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Chevrolet Impala, the high-class sedan for 2018

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Chevrolet Impala, the high-class sedan for 2018

Although in 1958 the Impala was originally the name of a high-end version of the Chevrolet Bel Air, it quickly took on an identity of its own the following year while retaining its spectacular fins and cats eyes. It quickly became the highest selling car in the United States (832,000 units for 1963 alone). Sales waned in the 1980s and production even stopped in 1985. A first attempt to revive the model in 1994 failed because assembly came to a halt again after two years. It was not until the 3rd millennium that a well-received sedan was born. 2014 was the last year that the sedan had a front bench seat. This tenth generation Impala, which had been previewed at the New York show in 2012, offered high-end luxury and comfort that can be even more appreciated in the 2018 vintage. The esthetics of the 2018 Chevrolet Impala sedan are modern and aerodynamic. It is a success for the oldest model of the brand (60 years of existence) and its streamlined profile indicates its sporty nature. This is highlighted by the wheels of the flagship model of the Chevrolet brand. Classed among the 10 best sedans for 2017, the Impala benefits from excellent brand image. The 2018 Chevrolet Impala retains the engines of its predecessors: the 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine delivers 197 hp at 6300 rpm with 259 Nm of torque and the V6 VVT develops 305 hp at 6800 rpm. These two direct-injection engines are characterized by variable valve timing for the most advantageous eco-energy yield. This is also the consequence of the brand-new 9-speed automatic transmission that is associated with these engines. Chrome and wood components elegantly trim the interior. Refinement and spaciousness are the passwords. Safety is one of the most studied criteria for the Impala, even though many of these features are optional: collision alerts, lateral obstacles, rear traffic, lane-keeping assistance and rear camera are valuable tools of protection. Ten standard airbags and a good frame design enabled the Impala to earn 5 stars during the crash test. The spoiler kit and sliding roof are options for the LT models. There is a new infotainment system on board: the Chevrolet MyLink IO5 replaces the basic IO3. Keyless entry and start come as standard equipment, and the rearview camera undeniably facilitates control. Three new colors are available for 2018 with Nightfall Gray, Metallic Graphite and Cajun Red. All that remains is to choose between the LS, LT or Premier versions for the latest-generation Impala.