• 2014 Impala starts at $27,535.
  • It arrives in dealers early next year.
  • Base price is up $850 over the 2013 model.

The new 2014 Chevrolet Impala starts at $27,535. Chevrolet recently announced the sedan's base price, which is $850 higher than the previous-generation 2013 model.

That base price is for a 4-cylinder Impala LS. Shoppers who choose the mid-level LT will pay $29,785. The high-end Impala LTZ tops the sedan's range at $34,555.

In each case, prices reflect an Impala equipped with a 197-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. Shoppers looking for more power can opt for a 3.6-liter V6 in both LT and LTZ models. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, that engine boasts 300 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. V6 models start at $30,750 for the Impala LT, or $36,580 for the LTZ.

Chevrolet says that only V6 models will be available when the Impala launches, but 4-cylinder versions will come soon after. A third engine -- GM's 2.4-liter eAssist hybrid -- goes on sale later in 2013. That engine produces 182 hp and, in the smaller Malibu, returns up to 37 miles per gallon on the highway.

The new Impala's base price is a sizable jump over the 2013 model. The base-level 2013 Impala LS starts at $26,685, while the mid-level LT starts at $28,210. The upscale Impala LTZ sees the biggest change, as last year's model started at just $31,225 -- more than $3,000 less than the 2014 Impala LTZ.

But the 2014 Impala will likely justify its premium over today's model. Styling is all-new inside and out, replacing today's bland look with a modern new design. The new sedan will also offer more features, from Chevrolet's MyLink system to adaptive cruise control. And it will add new safety features like rear cross traffic alert to help drivers back up and blind spot warning for lane changes.

We expect the 2014 Impala go on sale early next year. It follows a host of other recently redesigned Chevy models, including a brand new Malibu midsize sedan, Cruze compact sedan, and Sonic and Spark subcompacts.

What it means to you: The 2014 Chevrolet Impala should be popular beyond rental fleets, combining bold styling with high-tech features.

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Jeffrey Archer is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.

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