By on April 9, 2018

Image: GM

General Motors found itself the target of criticism after its sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro appeared for the 2016 looking too much like the fifth-generation model.

Clearly, GM didn’t feel like staging a repeat of this styling error, so the model’s mid-cycle refresh dares greatly, to borrow a phrase from another division. The 2019 Camaro drops the slim upper grille and gaping lower intake of the 2018 model in favor of a more conventional setup. The lower intake, now significantly reduced in size, flows into aero-enhancing air curtains, while the SS model visually merges upper and lower openings with a blacked-out center bumper section. It’s a little Silverado-esque, to be honest.

In a nod to frugal thrill seekers, 2019 also sees the sought-after 1LE package dropped in the lap of four-cylinder buyers.

The trim ladder stays the same for 2019, but buyers will find a revamped front and rear fascia, hood, headlights, and LED accent lighting on all but the top-rung ZL1. A 10-speed automatic, formerly available only on the ZL1, migrates down to SS buyers. Launch control and line lock comes standard for SS autobox customers, meaning there’s no reason not to heat up those rear slicks for the boring commute ahead.

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Specifications for the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 3.6-liter V6, and 6.2-liter V8 remain the same, and the six-speed manual loses none of its presence throughout the lineup. (Chevy has nothing to say about any changes to the ZL1 or its supercharged 6.2-liter.) An eight-speed auto remains the go-to tranny option for four- and six-cylinder buyers.

What’s new for one-up-from-base 1LT customers is the 1LE package, which adds the track-focused suspension setup, Brembo brakes, and upgraded cooling formerly enjoyed only by six- and eight-cylinder models. Drive modes now include track and competition settings. Lateral grip improves to 0.97 g with this package, but stick shift customers only, please. If cornering isn’t a concern (but looks are), base LS and LT buyers can add the RS package, bringing 20-inch aluminum wheels, rear spoiler, and revised upper and lower grilles to the fold.

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Droptops remain available for all trims. Depending on trim, the 2019 Camaro offers a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen carrying GM’s upgraded Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, plus standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. An upgraded backup camera joins the roster of improvements, along with available forward collision warning.

The 2019 Camaro hits dealer lots later this year, and we’ll have to wait before finding out just how much extra these improvements cost.

[Images: General Motors]

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32 Comments on “2019 Chevrolet Camaro: Refresh Brings More Four-cylinder Fun...”

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    Wow, that is terrible. The one nice thing I had to say about the Camaro was that at least it didn’t have that ugly bar across the grille like most Chevrolets. So much for that.

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    In regular or blacked-out guise, this new look doesn’t work for me at all. Nothing about it flows.


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    This looks fantastic!

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    With a curb weight anywhere between 3,339 to 3,627 lbs for the 275 hp / 295 ft-lbs or torque to motivate, that puts the vehicle at a disadvantage to the Ford Mustang Ecoboost, the GTIs, Focus STs, Civic Type Rs, and Subaru STIs of the world, to name a few.

    I know it’s fashionable to tout horsepower/torque ratings, but weight is THE elephant in the room in terms of how overall performance is affected.

    • 0 avatar

      Do you honestly think anyone buying a Camaro for its sporting ability is going to buy anything less than the V8? The 4 and 6 are for the secretaries, parents buying their kid a first car, and the people that want to play pretend with being in a “cool” car – as if everyone can’t tell they didn’t even get the good engine.

      But granted your also comparing it to pretend performance cars so maybe they do all attract the same posers.

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        The Sports Car Club of America classed the 4 cyl turbo Camaro in D Street for autocross competition. You may want to ask some of the SCCA owners what they think of that car as a competitive vehicle. At the 2017 Autocross Nationals in Lincoln, NE last September, 35 plus competitors squared off in D Street, consisting of Turbo Mini Coopers, Subaru WRX’s, GIi Golfs AWD cars, and a couple of Camaro’s. The 4 cyl Turbo Camaro killed the class, winning by nearly 2 seconds over the previously dominate WRX’s.

        No doubt in an all out drag race, the 4 turbo would not be the car to have if we are talking who can go quicker in an eighth or quarter mile. But turning and acceleration on a National quality autocross course, given the class and the cars it runs against, heck yeah, give me that 4 Cyl Turbo Camaro…..

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      I wouldn’t say that it’s at a disadvantage to the gti. I’d take a 339 lb penalty to get rwd traction out of my Gti.

      I would say that the drive train and chassis do a good job of masking/making time up for the slightly portly condition.

  • avatar

    The aversion to taking any styling cues from third or fourth gen Camaros (or Trans Ams!) is the death of this car.

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    Riced out the Camaro, good job!

    Turboozzzzzzz iz kewl.

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    If you can’t see out of the car how can it be fun to drive?

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    Well that looks significantly worse

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    GM strikes again.

    I ll take a GTI or Mustang. 2 cars I can actually see OUT of.

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    Lexus called and said “not ugly enough!”

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    Oh man that’s bad. That’s really really bad.

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    So they just changed the grill and added a 4 cyl option. For me it basically the same Camaro like it or hate it, it’s up to you.

    • 0 avatar

      The 4-cylinder has been the base option since the current model came out. Now you just get to add a handling package to it.

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        Actually, GM deserve accolades for making all engines available with a stick or automatic, and the good suspension for most applications. It was always a bummer when the upgraded interior or better transmission was limited to only certain combinations. Some who don’t care about absolute speed but want a corner carver can now get a great handling car with a stick and the “economy” engine.

        Redapple – hardly a POS. most write ups were very positive, lack of vision aside. Granted that’s a big error, but still a great driving car.

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    The standard models look way better, the SS not so much.

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    Looks like a Camaribu. I don’t hate it, but don’t like it either. In the auto business, indifference is worse than hate.

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    Think it’s an improvement over the cartoonish Transformer-looking Camaro.

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    Trucky McTruckface

    It looked too much like the old car so the solution was to make it hideous?

    Style was the least of this car’s problems. Clearly you still can’t see out of it, and I presume there’s still only enough room in the cabin to carry a wallet or a cell phone, but not both at the same time.

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    First off, I happen to like the color; I hope they have a pretty broad choice rather than the monochromatic (plus 1) scheme everyone else seems to enjoy.

    Secondly, I like that broad bar across the grill. You know that’s the bumper, right? In body color it looks good; I wouldn’t like it in black unless the whole body is black.

    There’s quite a bit here to make it tempting; I’ve had a Camaro before and if this were a liftback style like the ’96 version it would be a reasonably practical car too (for a 2-door.)

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    Ford and Dodge are sending a big thank you to GM right now! Good thing Camaro is an alpha derivative and isn’t on a bespoke platform.

    I’ll have to mosey on over to Camaro6 and see what the faithful have to say about this?

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    Wake me up when there is a greenhouse on the Camaro. Looking out at the world through gun slits is depressing!

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    So many haters for a car that can hang and in most cases beat the best of what any country in the world has to offer. yes i would like Chevy to move it up a few notches with the styling and for the “i cant see out the car” go buy a mustang or a challenger but give credit where it’s due…………this car kicks ass!

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