Although the 6th generation of the Camaro was introduced slightly over two years ago, Chevrolet has decided to refresh the model’s exterior. The automaker has also added the 1LE package for the Turbo version of the muscle car to enhance its credentials on the race tracks. However, other features except for the upgraded infotainment system and a few other tech updates are carried over unchanged. There are no powertrain changes. The upgrades are meant to strengthen the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro against the likes of the Dodge Challenger and the Ford Mustang.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro Exterior
Although the new changes are mostly cosmetic updates, the automaker was keen not to alter much. One of the major changes is the new grille which is much bigger and features wider mesh. The automaker has also added a small air dam that occupies over two-thirds of the front fascia. Front air inlets sit much deeper and look more stunning than the outgoing units.
Chevy has also added new headlights which look thinner and whose LED strip stretches into the grille. The flanks are unchanged. The rear, on the other hand, has some slight changes; there are new taillights which feature circular LED units with reverse lights at the center. The lower fascia looks more aggressive. The SS and RS models, however, get unique diffusers when one opts for tinted taillight lenses and a dual mode exhaust system. The SS and RS ride on new 20-inch wheels.
The trim levels still have their own unique look. The LT and LS have identical fascias (front and rear), the RS and SS have more aggressive looks while the ZL1 carries over without any visual update so as not to risk messing up with the model’s highly aero-optimized design. The SS also has a “Flowtie” badge at the front.
The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro interior design carries over without major changes; the automaker has only updated the model’s technologies. There is a new Infotainment 3 system that provides a better interface and personalized experience than the current MyLink infotainment system. The new system operates like a Smartphone and supports voice recognition, navigation and features other apps. The system can also support over-the-air updates. A 7.0-inch screen hosts the system but one can opt for an 8.0-inch-diagonal touch-screen.
Most models will also feature a rear camera in place of the rear mirror as an option but its standard on the 2SS as well as the ZL1. The camera helps prevent the common blind spots caused by headrests, rear pillars, and rear deck in case of the rearview mirror.
Engine and performance
The model’s three engines carry over without any changes. The base 2.0L Turbo, inline-4 engine produces 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 with a displacement of 3.6 liters produces 335 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque. The engine features direct injection as well as variable valve timing. The 6.2-L V-8, on the other hand, produces 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. This engine which powers the Camaro SS features an aluminum block as well as the cylinder head. The engine also features direct injection, cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing. All engines are fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission; buyers can go for the 8L45 automatic system. The SS can be had with the new 10L80, 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. In terms of acceleration, the 2.0L Turbo, 3.6 L V-6 and 6.2 L V-8 need 5.4, 5.1 and 4.0 seconds respectively to hit 60mph.
The Camaro Turbo 1LE
After numerous requests by buyers, Chevy has finally decided to offer the 1LE package for models with the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. The package adds track-ready equipment such as specifically tuned dampers, FE3 suspension system with bigger sway bars, stiffer cradle bushings as well as cross-axle ball joints for better lateral stiffness. The package enables the model to better handle corners and sharpens its handling during spirited drives. Summer tires and Brembo brakes are also part of the package.
Due to the new package, the Camaro Turbo comes with new drive modes which are Sport, Track as well as Competition. There is also a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a new shifter wrapped in suede as part of the package. Recaro front seats are also available but as standalone options.
Price and release date
Chevrolet is yet to make public the 2019 Camaro’s official prices but I don’t expect the prices to increase considerably from the current model’s prices. The 1LS currently starts at $26,900 and $27,695 for the 1LT. The 2LT fetches $31,495 while the 1SS is available for $37,995, $42,995 for the 2SS and a whopping $62,495 for the ZL1.