Our chance to test the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0-T took place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Proving Grounds, about 20 miles from downtown Las Vegas. It was not what you call love at first sight. Think of it more as a face that only a mother could like. What we received after putting on the helmet is a pair of 2019 Chevrolet Camaro leggings camouflaged at the front and rear of the cars. Hidden with velcro to hold the larger obstruction panels in front and back, they managed to make us guess their final appearance. But in this case, the beauty was superficial and something else.
Exterior and Interior
The first thing 2019 Chevrolet Camaro did was to get rid of this little grid at the front to make room for a wider airway with a wider mesh. Below, a smaller air dam extends over 70% of the fascia width, while the air intakes now appear deeper and more characteristic. New lighthouses are also in place. They are thinner and the LED strip now extends further into the grid. This is a facelift, so I know I was not expecting to see the lateral profile change, right? Well, I certainly hope not because it did not happen. What has happened, however, is a decent revision in the back. The new rear lights adopt a revised design with circular LED units with integrated reverse lights in the center. The lower part of the fascia is now a little more aggressive down, but attenuated a little closer to the back cover. With regard to the specific cutting characteristics, you will find that the trim levels have their own appearance. The LS and LT share front and rear fairings, while the RS and SS get their own visual treatment, of course a little more aggressive. By the way, the ZL1 did not receive a visual update because GM wanted to keep the aerodynamic design which, apparently, could not be improved. The SS model gets Chevrolet “Flowtie” front emblem to facilitate airflow. At the rear, the RS and SS models have their own exclusive diffusers when equipped with a dual mode exhaust system and tinted backup lenses. The RS and SS models also have an updated 20 inch wheel set.
The design has not changed, but the technology has done it. This MyLink infotainment system is ready for a new “Infotainment 3” system that is supposed to give up a more personalized experience and a much better interface. According to Chevrolet, the system mimics the operation of the smartphone and can be handled with navigation, voice recognition and various applications. And most importantly, the new Chevrolet system can receive updates by air, a novelty for the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro. The system comes standard with a seven inch screen, but can have an eight inch diagonal touch screen that is also the navigation system. A rearview mirror is now available for most models, but standard on the internal 2SS and ZL1. However, you should really consider this during your purchase, as it eliminates troublesome blind spots caused by the rear platform, head restraints and rear pillars. All models have a rear view camera with high definition video for better video quality.
Little has changed in this department either. The three engines remain unchanged, while the 2.0 liter offers 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque while the 3.6 liter V6 develops 335 horsepower and 284 lb-ft. The 6.2 liter range pumps 455 horsepower and 455 pound feet of torque. The 2.0 liter was new for this generation and was designed as a response to the Mustang’s offer with a four banger again. The 3.6 liter was a newly designed engine with direct injection and variable timing timing. Disabling the cylinder makes things a little more economical, but it does not matter because it still outperforms the Mustang and Challenger in double digit power output. Then you have the SS that pulls its juice from the 6.2 liter V8. It has an aluminum block and cylinder head, variable valve timing, direct injection and cylinder deactivation. No wonder, share many parts with the Corvette and can improve the Mustang GT in 20 ponies. Of course, the Challenger still earns 30 horsepower if you opt for the 6.4 liter Hemi. From now on, all engines can be equipped with a six speed manual gearbox and most of them still receive the 8L45 automatic transmission. However, the SS 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is now offered with the new 10L80 GM (and Ford) 10 speed automatic with shift paddles. As such, it also takes control of the launch and locking of the line.
Price and Release Date
Price information for the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro will be announced closer to launch in the market later this year, although we do not expect a significant departure from the 2018 starting price of $ 26,900.