2017 Chevrolet Camaro Range Expands, Sort Of, With Cheaper, Manual-Only Base Trim

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
2017 chevrolet camaro range expands sort of with cheaper manual only base trim

Updated with comment from GM.

General Motors is adding a new 1LS base trim to the already on-sale 2017 Chevrolet Camaro to ensure more direct comparisons with the less expensive and more popular Ford Mustang.

The Chevrolet Camaro, powered by a huge incentive increase, narrowly outsold the Mustang in the United States this September. Prior to last month, the Mustang had been in the top spot since 2015, when Ford put an end to five consecutive years of Camaro sales leadership. Ford’s pony car has outsold the Camaro by a vast 32,723-unit margin through the first nine months of 2016.

Ahead of the new Camaro 1LS’s arrival, the 2017 Camaro was priced at $27,595 in 1LT form. Initially, that appeared to be a $900 increase in the cost of the base Camaro. But for 2017, the Camaro 1LT includes as standard equipment the automatic transmission that was a $1,495 option on Camaro 1LTs in MY2016.

Now comes news from CarsDirect that Chevrolet is giving the base Camaro new trim line nomenclature. Think Avenir, only less prestigious.

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LS, available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, will be priced from $26,900.

Yes, that’s still $1,085 more than the most basic Mustang. Yes, all GM has done is change the name of its basic Camaro trim.

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LS is not available with an automatic transmission. The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT, on the other hand, is available exclusively with an automatic transmission.

Attempts to compare apples to apples, or 2016 1LTs to 2017 1LTs, won’t be possible. The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT is $900 more expensive than the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT. But factoring in the eight-speed automatic that’s now standard equipment, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT is $495 less costly than it was one model year ago.

This new 2017 Camaro 1LS base car, however, is $205 more expensive than the manual-equipped 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT.

On both the 1LS and 1LT Camaros, Chevrolet’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder can be replaced by a $1,495 335-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. In either case, on 1LS or 1LT Camaros, opting for the convertible requires an additional $6,000.

Naturally, monthly swings in an automaker’s incentive regime prove that MSRPs are little more than the jumping off point. Chevrolet was discounting Camaros by an average of more than $3,300 in September; Mustang prices undercut the sticker price by roughly $2,700.

Chevrolet spokesperson Ron Kiino confirmed the late-September addition of the new Camaro 1LS in an email with CarsDirect yesterday. Kiino also confirmed to TTAC that, “The only content difference between the 1LS and 1LT is the transmission.”

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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  • Cargogh Cargogh on Oct 14, 2016

    Regardless of the aggressive chin, being all-white with slightly tall side walls and the words "less expensive", I could hear Johnny Olson ripping off the description while one of Barker's beauties has her palm up and fingers pointing. The contestant's luck had better land them into the final showdown. Hopefully a loaded Corvette will materialize to the thunderous applause of the audience, because this stripper Camaro isn't the big win. On the other hand, it might be something that I'd buy--used. But I still like real grass. Most of the world seem to have developed allergies and won the war with astroturf, but they never slack off lambasting real grass. We've all seen the facts. Astroturf is more efficient, never needs mowing, and always looks perfect with absolutely no effort. Some astroturf is offered with the ability to make sounds like a genuine mower revving, which is confusing. For the sake of the ones of us who enjoy mowing, even if it is only a worthless hobby, could you please drop the Round-Up sprayer and let a patch of real grass continue to grow? No one is ever going to make you mow.

  • Stanczyk Stanczyk on Oct 15, 2016

    Good power from Vette-V8 and ATS sporty-platform , .. but just Look at that foto .. This thing is plain ugly -> "ill proportioned"(bulky) and "messy designed"(blunt).. Previous generation was a "fat pig" , but at least it had clear and purposeful(Hot-Wheels toy) design..

  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Ed That has to be a joke.