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2014 Chevrolet Impala makes a big leap upscale

This may not be your next rental car.

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala introduced at the New York Auto Show aims to shed the model’s fleet favorite image with an all-new premium image when it goes on sale next year.

Built on the same platform as Cadillac’s upcoming XTS sedan, the full-size Impala has a bold exterior design that combines Chevy’s new corporate face with a distinctive profile that features a power dome hood, deeply sculpted rocker panels and flared rear fenders giving it an athletic look that's a far cry from an anonymous undercover cop car.

The front or all-wheel-drive sedan will come with a choice of three engines that includes a 2.4-liter hybrid good for 35 mpg on the highway, GM’s newest 2.5-liter four-cylinder and the latest version of the 303 hp V6 found in the current Impala.

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In stark contrast to the relatively spartan car it replaces, the new Impala will be available with a laundry list of high-tech driving aids, including adaptive cruise control, collision mitigating automatic braking and blind spot warning systems.

The spacious interior is done up with an upscale take on Chevy’s now signature dual cockpit look with a dashboard that wraps into the doors. A large touch-screen interface for the optional Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system is the centerpiece of a straightforward control layout and rises to reveal a storage bin hidden behind the screen.

Pricing for the 2014 Impala has not been announced, but it will be built at GM’s Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant and alongside the Chevrolet Volt and Malibu at the automaker’s Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan, facility when it goes on sale next year.