Report: Next Chevrolet Impala to move upmarket, share platform with Cadillac XTS

Chevrolet Impala

General Motors announced last week that the next-generation Chevrolet Impala will be built at the company’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which currently has 1,121 hourly and salaried employees. The move will add two shifts and about 2,500 hourly and salaried workers at the plant.

While GM didn’t give a time frame as to when the new Impala will hit markets, sources say that the model will enter production in November or December 2012. Sales will start in the first-quarter of 2013 as a 2014 model year.

Insiders also said that the 2014 Chevrolet Impala will share its platform with the Cadillac XTS sedan, a re-engineered front-wheel-drive Epsilon platform.

The next Impala is also expected to move upmarket in price and features and will become the flagship of Chevrolet’s sedan lineup. It will compete with the likes of the Ford Taurus and will offer more standard equipment than the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News