2014 Chevrolet Impala Features Brand-First Safety Features
Aside from the obvious reasons of comfort, one of the big selling points of full-size sedans are their reputation for safety, and Chevrolet is giving buyers more reasons than ever to consider the upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Impala. The brand’s full-size sedan flagship (arguably, at least until the rear-drive SS hits showrooms) will feature 10 standard airbags, and a long list of passive and active safety features, many of which represent a first for the brand.
As it shares a great deal of its hardware and running gear with the Cadillac XTS and Buick LaCrosse, some of the features debuting on the 2014 Impala are shared with one or both of its Epsilon II platform-mates. The specific safety features were not noted as being standard or optional, but will be available on some trim level of the 2014 Impala. In addition to the 10 airbags (a total matched only by the recently-introduced 2013 Toyota Avalon) the 2014 Impala will feature full-speed-range adaptive cruise control that can apply full acceleration to full braking to a complete stop. Collision mitigation braking alerts the driver to a potential threat, and if necessary, intervenes to apply the brakes to avoid the crash. This is backed up by a forward collision alert system that also gives the driver visual and audible alerts.
The 2014 Impala will also feature the increasingly common lane departure warning, side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert and rear park assist, and a new-for-the-brand brake pre-fill feature, in which radar detection of a possible crash threat preemptively increases hydraulic pressure in the brake lines in anticipation of hard braking by the driver.
Finally, in a feature more commonly found on manual-transmission models, the 2014 Impala will feature hill hold and start assist to keep the vehicle from rolling backward on hills.
Although we’re all for safety, we have to wonder if the proliferation of all these active safety systems are actually making drivers more complacent and careless, or if the constantly beeping electronic nannies cause drivers to mute or override these features when given the option? What’s your opinion on the latest generation of active safety features?
Source: General Motors