GM has not confirmed or denied the Camaro’s imminent expiration. Is Chevrolet thinking about killing the Camaro, again? Muscle Cars and Trucks suggests that might happen after 2023 when the current sixth-generation ‘Maro is slated to end its production.
The report states from “multiple sources” at General Motors said the next-generation Camaro program has no apparent future beyond 2023 as it’s suspended. The same sources are also saying that the nameplate will likely get shelved as well, which means no more Camaro in the pony car’s history for the second time. Motor1.com contacted GM to see what truth is behind the claim, and they received this official statement from them:
“While we will not engage in speculation, we will remind you of our recently announced updates coming to the Camaro lineup this fall. An all-new LT1 model will provide customers V8 power with the design and affordability of our LT trim. The award-winning SS model will feature a new front fascia from the Camaro Shock concept. All of our updates are customer-driven to improve the car, and it’s driving experience.”
That’s not a denial by any means, but it’s neither a final nail in Camaro’s coffin. If going strictly off sales, the future looks grim indeed; deliveries on the sixth-generation Camaro have fallen since its introduction in 2016, with just under 51,000 being sold in 2018. It’s the lowest sales year since Camaro’s revival in 2009, and sales through the first three months of 2019 are only slightly better.
To Chevrolet’s credit, the 2020 facelift brings a more traditional look to the front of the car back. There is no guarantee if sales will increase or decrease on the Camaro rebound for the 2020 model year and if it will sell with its fresh face. Muscle Cars and Trucks points out as well that the Camaro’s chassis is shared with the now-defunct CTS and Cadillac ATS.
That does not mean that the next generation of Camaro couldn’t be transitioned to another platform, but the report does highlight that various members from the Camaro team have stated that GM has spent time on other projects. Put it all together, and there is an excellent case supporting the cancellation claim. GM, for sure, will be watching Camaro – and Mustang – sales very carefully over the next 12 months.
Camaro Engine is Never Short on Power. The base engine for the Camaro is a 275-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, but there’s an upgrade to a 335-horsepower V6, a 455-horsepower V8, or a 650-horsepower supercharged V8 that buyers can purchase. Every engine available provides enough power for driving around town or on the highway and an eager acceleration, but the high-performance V8s deliver track-worthy muscle.
Camaro Gas Mileage: Paying a Premium Despite Decent Ratings. With its V6 engine, the Camaro gets 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The turbo-four driver receives the best ratings in the lineup, earning 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
While those are solid ratings for the class, they don’t translate to fuel savings because the four-cylinder engine requires premium gasoline. You’ll save about $150 per year on gas by getting the Camaro’s V6 over the turbo-four. Despite the latter’s superior mpg ratings.
Camaro Ride and Handling: Dynamic and Comfortable
The rear-wheel-drive Camaro has the handling chops to let you take full advantage of its powerful engines. It’s incredibly agile, and it also rides smoothly. The sharp steering and sturdy brakes are perfect for winding roads.
If there are any signs of life, there’s no reason to believe the automaker couldn’t push forward with a new plan. If, however, sales continue to underwhelm, there might be another way. We might well see Chevrolet’s warhorse put out to pasture yet again.
You can search the inventory of Chevy Camaro’s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.
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