2019 Chevrolet Camaro: Refresh Brings More Four-cylinder Fun

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

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.

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.

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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  • Cognoscenti Cognoscenti on Apr 10, 2018

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

  • DEVILLE88 DEVILLE88 on Apr 11, 2018

    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!

  • MaintenanceCosts "But your author does wonder what the maintenance routine is going to be like on an Italian-German supercar that plays host to a high-revving engine, battery pack, and several electric motors."Probably not much different from the maintenance routine of any other Italian-German supercar with a high-revving engine.
  • 28-Cars-Later "The unions" need to not be the UAW and maybe there's a shot. Maybe.
  • 2manyvettes I had a Cougar of similar vintage that I bought from my late mother in law. It did not suffer the issues mentioned in this article, but being a Minnesota car it did have some weird issues, like a rusted brake line.(!) I do not remember the mileage of the vehicle, but it left my driveway when the transmission started making unwelcome noises. I traded it for a much newer Ford Fusion that served my daughter well until she finished college.
  • TheEndlessEnigma Couple of questions: 1) who will be the service partner for these when Rivian goes Tits Up? 2) What happens with software/operating system support when Rivia goes Tits Up? 3) What happens to the lease when Rivian goes Tits up?
  • Richard I loved these cars, I was blessed to own three. My first a red beauty 86. My second was an 87, 2+2, with digital everything. My third an 87, it had been ridden pretty hard when I got it but it served me well for several years. The first two I loved so much. Unfortunately they had fuel injection issue causing them to basically burst into flames. My son was with me at 10 years old when first one went up. I'm holding no grudges. Nissan gave me 1600$ for first one after jumping thru hoops for 3 years. I didn't bother trying with the second. Just wondering if anyone else had similar experience. I still love those cars.