Sweetening the Pony Pot: Price, Content Tweaks Coming to 2019 Chevrolet Camaro

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
sweetening the pony pot price content tweaks coming to 2019 chevrolet camaro

We told you the other day how Ford’s Mustang reigns supreme in the domestic pony car crowd, at least in terms of volume, with Dodge’s Challenger serving as a delightfully archaic and stable-selling runner-up. That leaves Chevrolet to figure out how best to get buyers excited about its own entry.

Depending on trim, there’s a stable of new Camaro faces ( fascias, to be exact) arriving for 2019, but order guides show that would-be customers stand to save money, too. Especially if they can live without a V6.

According to guides seen by CarsDirect, getting behind the wheel of a base 2019 Camaro LS requires 905 fewer bucks than last year, with the trim stickering at $25,995 after destination. However, there’s no longer an option ($1,495) of moving up to the 3.6-liter V6 from the standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. If six cylinders is a must, you’ll need to move up to an LT.

Should you want to sap as much excitement from the driving experience as possible, the eight-speed automatic now becomes an option (again, $1,495) on the LS four-banger. It’s a late availability item, so don’t go looking for it at launch.

The price of upgrading your 1LT Camaro to V6 power hasn’t changed, but the model’s entry price has. For 2019, the 1LT drops $1,200 to $26,495 after destination. Digging a little deeper for that $1,495 option swaps the 275 hp, 295 lb-ft four for a potentially more satisfying six making 335 hp and 284 lb-ft. This option exists on the $28,495 2LT trim, which drops three grand from last year.

New for the coming model year is a 3LT trim that brings the V6 on board as standard kit. It’s basically just the 2LT with the upgrade engine, though you’ll have the option of adding a Convenience and Lighting Package (which vanishes from the 2LT options list). For the privilege of this content, GM asks $31,995. Certain interior color packages (Adrenaline Red, Ceramic White) also disappear from the 2LT.

It’s worth noting that 1LT four-cylinder buyers can add Chevy’s 1LE Track Performance Package to their rides for an additional $4,500.

And that’s where the pricing changes stop, as SS and ZL1 Camaros carry over their Monroneys for 2019. A 1SS coupe continues to retail for $37,995, while the 650 hp ZL1 stickers for $68,495. You’ll find the ZL1’s 10-speed automatic in the SS now, with line lock and launch control standard for those who like relaxing their left foot.

Will larger, more aggressive grilles and knocked-down pricing on volume models put some wind in the Camaro’s [s]sails[/s] sales? Time will tell, but, as CarsDirect points out, there’s no shortage of existing incentives waiting for buyers of the outgoing model.

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  • Danio3834 Danio3834 on Jul 24, 2018

    The Camaro's sales fall intrigues me. It's wasn't very long ago where it was handily beating the Mustang with well over 100k a year sales. By all rights the new generation is a better performance car, and what they did to it is essentially what Ford did with it's revamp of the Mustang which rekindled interest in that car. Meanwhile the Challenger has retained the same shape and size and has sales remained steady. There are many simplistic explanations like "too small", "poor visibility" which were also largely true of the last gen, but don't sufficiently explain the complete turn away in interest. Perhaps it became too focused a performance car and alienated the secretary demographic that buys on looks but demands practicality.

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    • Raph Raph on Aug 01, 2018

      Probably equal parts "engine in a box" as Camaro guys used to say about the 4th gen and the now tired look of an imitation 1969 Camaro. Granted the Challenger seems immune to that but it is less pony car and more large personal luxury coupe/muscle car and its cheap to get into and finance (people here have certainly joked about how far FCA is willing to go to get people into a Challanger even if they were better suited to the buy here/pay here lot).

  • DenverMike DenverMike on Jul 24, 2018

    If GM insists on the retro, base it off the IROQ-Z Pony Car buyers have been letting GM know (loudly) it's time to ditch the cartoonish Camaro and go with a "clean slate" design. for at least 5 years. Some subtle retro "cues" would be fine, but like the PT Cruiser and Beetle proved, you can only take the theme so far, regardless of initial smash success. Vanilla Ice was a smash success, but how many ways could he remix "Ice Ice Baby"?

  • 56m65711446 Well, I had a suburban auto repair shop in those days.
  • Dukeisduke Yikes - reading the recall info from NHTSA, this sounds like the Hyundai/Kia 2.4l Theta II "engine fire" recall, since it involves an engine block or oil pan "breach", so basically, throwing a rod:"Description of the Safety Risk : Engine oil and/or fuel vapor that accumulates near a sufficiently hot surface, below the combustion initiation flame speed, may ignite resulting in an under hood fire, and increasing the risk of injury. Description of the Cause :Isolated engine manufacturing issues have resulted in 2.5L HEV/PHEV engine failures involving engine block or oil pan breach. In the event of an engine block or oil pan breach, the HEV/PHEV system continues to propel the vehicle allowing the customer to continue to drive the vehicle. As the customer continues to drive after a block breach, oil and/or fuel vapor continues to be expelled and accumulates near ignition sources, primarily expected to be the exhaust system. Identification of Any Warning that can Occur :Engine failure is expected to produce loud noises (example: metal-to-metal clank) audible to the vehicle’s occupants. An engine failure will also result in a reduction in engine torque. In Owner Letters mailed to customers, Ford will advise customers to safely park and shut off the engine as promptly as possible upon hearing unexpected engine noises, after experiencing an unexpected torque reduction, or if smoke is observed emanating from the engine compartment."
  • Dukeisduke In an ideal world, cars would be inspected in the way the MoT in the UK does it, or the TÜV in Germany. But realistically, a lot of people can't afford to keep their cars to such a high standard since they need them for work, and widespread public transit isn't a thing here.I would like the inspections to stick around (I've lived in Texas all my life, and annual inspections have always been a thing), but there's so much cheating going on (and more and more people don't bother to get their cars inspected or registration renewed), so without rigorous enforcement (which is basically a cop noticing your windshield sticker is out of date, or pulling you over for an equipment violation), there's no real point anymore.
  • Zipper69 Arriving in Florida from Europe and finding ZERO inspection procedures I envisioned roads crawling with wrecks held together with baling wire, duct tape and prayer.Such proved NOT to be the case, plenty of 20-30 year old cars and trucks around but clearly "unsafe at any speed" vehicles are few and far between.Could this be because the median age here is 95, so a lot of low mileage vehicles keep entering the market as the owners expire?
  • Zipper69 At the heart of GM’s resistance to improving the safety of its fuel systems was a cost benefit analysis done by Edward Ivey which concluded that it was not cost effective for GM to spend more than $2.20 per vehicle to prevent a fire death. When deposed about his cost benefit analysis, Mr. Ivey was asked whether he could identify a more hazardous location for the fuel tank on a GM pickup than outside the frame. Mr. Ivey responded, “Well yes…You could put in on the front bumper.”