Chevrolet has indeed been busy of late giving their core models a much needed upgrade. Shortly following the launch of the refreshed Cruze, Malibu and Spark yesterday, the bow-tie brand has also revealed the more aggressive and more high-tech 2019 Camaro.
Featuring a bolder-looking exterior as well as a plethora of new and updated technologies, Chevrolet plans to keep the Camaro up-to-date while preserving its American Muscle roots.
Starting with the Camaro's front fascia, the designers gave it a more menacing look thanks to a new set of headlights and a revamped dual-port grill. In fact, Chevrolet made each model (LS/LT, RS, SS and Turbo 1LE) have a unique grill design to make them stand out from the rest. Also receiving minor upgrades are the taillights which now come with LED lighting and a dual-element design.
Available only for the SS is a 'flowtie' bumper garnish and aero-enhancing air curtains. Meanwhile, the RS appearance pack gives the Camaro a polished black grill, chrome inserts, new LED headlights and a model specific rear diffuser. Both the SS and RS come with huge 20-inch alloy wheels.
Only minimal changes were applied on the Camaro's interior for 2019. However, the bow-tie brand did install a touchscreen infotainment system aptly called Infotainment 3. Taking inspiration from smartphones and tablets, Chevy claimed it is their most high-tech infotainment system to date and comes with improved processing speeds and better graphics. Moreover, it comes with navigation, faster Bluetooth connectivity and additional apps.
Beside Infotainment 3, the 2019 Camaro can also come with an improved rear camera system, forward collision alert and an enhanced performance data recorder system.
Under the hood, the Camaro can be had with three engine choices, a turbo inline-four, a naturally-aspirated V6 and a thumping V8. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 279 PS with 400 Nm of torque while the 3.5-liter direct injection V6 musters 340 PS and 385 Nm of torque. Finally, the 6.2-liter V8 generates 461 PS along with 617 Nm of torque.
A new ten-speed automatic transmission is now available on the V8-powered SS, replacing the previous eight-speed. Beyond the new transmission, the Camaro SS is now equipped with launch control and line lock as well. A standard six-speed manual gearbox is still available for the Camaro SS. As for the inline-four and V6 offerings, they can be saddled with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.
The 2019 model year refresh also sees the addition of a new variant for the Camaro, the Turbo 1LE. While it packs the same turbocharged four-cylinder, this particular model gets a host of upgrades. These include a near 50:50 weight distribution, powerful Brembo brakes, improved suspension and a Drive Mode Selector with Sport Mode, Track Mode and Competition Mode. Other standard upgrades included in the Turbo 1LE are the suede-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel and gear shift knob, and Recaro seats.
The refreshed Cheverolet Camaro will hit US dealerships later this year.