Bye-Bye Bench Seat

The front bench seat used to be a prominent fixture in a variety of automobiles, from the sedan to the pickup truck. But with the release of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala next year, the days of the front bench seat will disappear.  Chevrolet’s latest installment of the Impala is the last passenger car in production in North America to have an option for three-across front seating.

For many the front bench seat brings back fond memories from days that would be otherwise forgotten. GM director of design, Clay Dean states, “There is certain nostalgia for bench seats, like being able to snuggle up with your date at a drive-in movie, and some customers still like them.”

However, nostalgia aside, the need for six-passenger sedans has been largely reduced thanks to SUVs and crossovers, like the Chevy Equinox and Traverse.

While the front bench seat says farewell it may be more like see you later. Clay Dean doesn’t completely rule the possibility of a comeback, “You never know, we might see bench seats re-emerge someday, possibly in very small cars like the EN-V urban mobility concept vehicle, in which the feeling of open space may be very desirable.”




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