2013 will bring a major change to how General Motors presents its vehicles to the buying public. When the 2014 Chevrolet Impala arrives it will put to rest a fixture of automobiles since the days of the horseless carriage – the front bench seat.
While you may be of a generation that has no idea what a bench seat is, many experienced their first drive, perhaps even a first kiss in a truck or passenger car that had a bench seat as standard equipment.
In fact, the very first Chevrolet ever manufactured, the Series C Classic Six of 1911, featured a front bench seat.
The outgoing Impala is the last passenger car in production inNorth Americato offer three-across front seating, an option that ends with the introduction of Chevy’s redesigned flagship sedan.
The passing of the front bench seat into automotive history is expected to transpire without notice. While they have been around for more than 100 years, only one in 10 Impala buyers in theUnited Stateschose the $200 option last year on the LS and LT models.
Most car buyers today expect front bucket seats and this trend GM Designers expect will continue. “A lot of people prefer bucket seats because they’re sporty,” said Clay Dean, GM director of design. “Our customers also appreciate having the centre console as a convenient place to store their phone and other personal items. The need for six-passenger sedans is largely being met today by SUVs or crossovers, such as the Chevrolet Suburban and Traverse, which offer seating for up to eight.”
It should be pointed out that at this time, Chevrolet will continue to option bench seats on pickup trucks and sport utilities.
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