Chevrolet Hammond told us that in addition to a full complement of passive safety features—such as a segment-leading 10 standard air bags—the new 2014 Chevy Impala will showcase a wide range of active safety measures as well, including some that will be offered for the very first time on a Chevrolet vehicle.
- The Impala will be the first entry from the Bowtie brand to offer full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, which relies on radar sensors to help the car maintain a safe following distance when its cruise control is engaged.
- Collision-mitigation braking also will leverage advanced radar technologies and make its debut with the brand, with the ability to recognize a potential crash scenario and, if the driver doesn’t react in time, automatically apply the brakes to minimize the risk of a collision.
- Camera-enabled forward-collision alert can provide visual and audible warnings to the driver if it detects a possible crash situation in front of the Impala.
- A lane-departure warning will be available as well to alert drivers if they’re drifting out of their own traffic lanes.
- The Impala can be equipped with a side blind-zone alert system, too, and use LED warning lights, incorporated into the Impala’s side mirrors, to make drivers aware of vehicles they might not otherwise notice.
- Drivers can benefit from the Impala’s rear cross-traffic alert to provide warnings about unseen obstacles when reversing out of parking spots.
- A rear-vision camera with dynamic guidelines also will be available to help with parking and similar maneuvers.
- According to NM Used Cars, rear park assist will provide an added level of protection when backing up by using radar sensors to detect potential obstacles behind the Impala and alert the driver.
- Representing another new technology for Chevy will be a brake pre-fill system that increases hydraulic pressure in the brake lines for quicker deceleration if the setup detects a possible crash threat.
- For hilly environments, the Impala will offer a hill-hold/start-assist feature that keeps the car from rolling when the driver’s foot is shifted from the brake to the gas pedal.
The brand-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala is expected to launch earlier in 2013 at Tyler Chevy Dealerships and your local Chevy dealer, with further details about the vehicle to come as it approaches its on-sale date.