By on July 27, 2021

Chevrolet

The Chevrolet Camaro might be slated to be replaced in 2024 by an electric sedan bearing the same moniker.

Cue the outrage from traditionalists who insist that even an electric Camaro should be a coupe/convertible and not a sedan.

Your author shares that sentiment. It’s one thing for pony cars to move away from muscular, rumbling V8s — sad, but not too sad, given how EVs can be quite powerful. But to slap the Camaro name on a sedan, even a good one, seems sacrilegious. Why not bring back the SS name?

Of course, this is all speculative, based on a future-product deep dive from Automotive News (sub req’d). It’s also possible that the car doesn’t get the Camaro name, so maybe that outraged tweet you were about to @ Chevrolet/GM with needs to be saved to your drafts folder.

Product plans are just that, and plans get scrapped or changed all the time. Who knows? Maybe Chevy will instead hybridize the Camaro, or offer ICE/hybrid/EV versions. Maybe the sedan comes back as the SS and the Camaro remains ICE, or goes away.

What’s more troubling is how the current Camaro has been neglected, leading to low sales numbers.

GM’s future, like the future of most automakers, has some level of electrification involved. So the report about a “muscle” sedan with an EV powertrain is not surprising. But it would be surprising if it bore the Camaro name.

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35 Comments on “Report: Chevrolet Camaro to Be Replaced By Electric Muscle Sedan...”


  • avatar

    This begs the question: can you still be the coolest guy in the trailer park if you don’t have cherry bomb mufflers?

    • 0 avatar
      theflyersfan

      As long as you can get the Yosemite Sam “Back Off” mudflaps and the faded plastic slat cover for the back window, you’ll be fine. Score extra points if one of Krystal’s (with a K, not a C as she’ll remind you) fake eyelashes or Lee Press On nails is lost somewhere under the seat and a leopard print article of clothing is left in the rear.

      At least the new “Camaro” will be silent when dropping her off at the trailer where her angry husband awaits.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    LOL the fail continues.

    GM is effectively dead, stop patronizing them entirely (though I will sell indulgences for a C8).

    “Your author shares that sentiment. It’s one thing for pony cars to move away from muscular, rumbling V8s — sad, but not too sad, given how EVs can be quite powerful. But to slap the Camaro name on a sedan, even a good one, seems sacrilegious. Why not bring back the SS name?”

    ANALYSIS: Alpha sucks and the platform is likely going out of production. Since Camaro sales dwindled under Alpha, F it we’re not bringing it back on whatever other platform is available and ***since Ford screwed up by not bringing an EV Mustang we’ll tap whatever market there is for a pony car EV***.

    2010 81,299[45]
    2011 88,249[45]
    2012 84,391[46]
    2013 80,567[47]
    2014 86,297[48]
    2015 77,502[49]
    END OF ZETA
    2016 72,705[50]
    2017 67,940[51]
    2018 50,963[52]
    2019 48,265[53]
    2020 29,775[54]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Camaro

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Not sure how much the platform contributed to this. You can see just fine out of an ATS.

      I remember the first time I climbed in one of these – I’m probably not this model’s target audience (I need a back seat), but the Gawdawful visibility was a hard-pass moment for me.

      If nothing, this proves that for a car to sell, you have to be able to see out of it. Who’d have thunk it?

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Alpha was in development in the 00s and debuted in 2013, in two years its been out for a decade. That is likely the platform’s product cycle so RenCen is thinking of leveraging a mass market model with theoretical appeal – but also likely take advantage of Ford’s mistake. I also don’t see just a sedan (if there is a sedan at all), I see a coupe/conv followed by a series of fake SUVS. No convertible EV currently exists, this is something for GM to latch onto even though its just as low volume as Not Mustang.

        • 0 avatar
          sgeffe

          Interesting thought about BEV droptops.

          But lots of those end up in the specialty area of rental fleets! I haven’t seen many (if any at all) charging stations at newer local hotels! Take that how you will!

    • 0 avatar
      MRF 95 T-Bird

      As a comparison peak late 70’s F-body Camaro/Firebird sales were around 400k per year. The boomers and tail end boomers who bought them just wanted sporty with just enough room for the occasional rear seat passengers and some luggage.
      When I was pricing out my Challenger I also considered the Mustang and BRZ. Even though the Alpha platform is well regarded and handles well I didn’t even consider it because it was so claustrophobic.

  • avatar
    jack4x

    Will the last affordable 2 door vehicle please turn out the lights?

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Yup – just when they got it right. The LT1 model is the one I’d want. V8 in the V6 trim level so it’s as cheap as it can be with a big honking V8. Make mine manual.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    No doubt Mustang Mach-E is the father of this mythical vehicle. I’ll call it “Camaro SS-E”.

  • avatar
    CaddyDaddy

    General “Mark Milley” Woke Motors. Yawn zzzzz.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Not surprising – in addition to the awful visibility, the backseat and trunk are basically unusable. Mustang is similarly compromised, but it’s a great looking car. And the Challenger soldiers on until…when?

    Still, losing a car like this really sucks.

    • 0 avatar
      golden2husky

      Lots of talk here that the latest Camaro failed in the marketplace because of its “track focused” design. I say BS – great handling is an asset to vehicles like this, not a handicap. I never heard a potential Camaro buyer say “this is too stiff and performance focused”…What killed the Camaro is simple: You cannot see out of it, the price was way too high, and the interior is still a budget affair. Had those negatives been addressed before the car came out, sales would have been much better. Full stop. GM got a lot right – especially since you could get the great suspension and transmission of your choice regardless of what engine you chose.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        So your advice to GM is that they build a Camaro that doesn’t sacrifice any “track performance” while also having better visibility, a nicer interior, and a lower price?

        I personally think they should just build a Monte Carlo and call it Camaro.

        • 0 avatar
          golden2husky

          Too late now I guess, but yeah. You can make versions with a more complaint suspension for those who want looks but don’t care about handling,..but my assertion still stands – the focus on making the car a great handler did not do it in…the other shortcomings did…

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            “the focus on making the car a great handler did not do it in…the other shortcomings did…”

            I’d argue that the focus on making a great handler is what caused those shortcomings to exist.

      • 0 avatar
        baconator

        I’m with golden2husky on this. The Camaros I’ve driven (all rentals, admittedly) had better ride *and* handling than a Hertz-spec Mustang GT. An LT engine with a 6-speed for about $30k would normally have me skulking around the dealer with a checkbook in my pocket. But the lack of visibility and cheap interior plastic kills it for me.

        I also would have been happy with an Alpha-platform ATS coupe with the Camaro’s V-8 drivetrain. Major misstep by Cadillac to not offer that.

        I probably will order a Challenger 6-speed before the option goes away forever. I have no idea what I’ll do with it, but dammit, I want to make some V-8 memories before I can’t buy that stuff anymore.

  • avatar
    ajla

    Buick Electra GS sedan.
    Cadillac Seville Touring sedan.
    Chevrolet Impala SS sedan.

  • avatar
    CoastieLenn

    Maaaaaan that title is a trap. “It will be replaced!!! (Click Link to read more) Wait, it might not… but it *could*… but probably not… maybe.”

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    When PC’s and Pony Cars ruled there were tens of millions of young either single or recently married Boomers out there with ‘good’ jobs and excess disposable income.

    Young people bought new cars then. Lots of them. And as a society we did not keep our cars for as long as we do now.

    And a great many of the Pony Cars sold were ‘base’ style models. Not the Mach 1’s, Shelbys, Z28’s etc that were maintained and now are flogged at incredible prices.

  • avatar
    el scotto

    SS 3960 (batteries)

  • avatar
    Polka King

    I thought the world had gone to hell long long ago when kids started using four-door Japanese sedans as their stinky little Hot Rods. Now Uncle Tony on YouTube is all about four-doors because they’re cheap and he’s a man of the people and I’m all for it.

    • 0 avatar
      Tele Vision

      @Polka King

      Seven years ago I was shopping for an old Miata. They were the same price as an old Corvette at that time, due to fuel prices. My then very-pregnant wife was less than pleased at the prospect of a two-door fun car that would leave her at home with the baby. A 2007 CTS-V popped up nearby. I showed it to her and it passed muster immediately because it had four doors and a trunk. I’ve never regretted the purchase and my now seven year-old boy utterly adores rides in it.

      He likes rides in the 2003 C70 convertible even more, but that’s fine: Dad can hoon when The Kid ain’t in the Daddilac.

      [POINT]hotfourdoorsarefunIwantamanualm5[/POINT]

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    At 51 years old I know a lot of people from many different walks of life: Politicians; radiologists; drug dealers; musicians; bar owners; mechanics; pilots; rugby players; heavy equipment operators… I know only one owner of a current Camaro. He’s a weight-lifting enthusiast with several girlfriends – some of whom he caught COVID-19 from.

    He’s not an ideal demographic, methinks.

    Jussayin’.

  • avatar

    worst marketing in autos, give me any Subaru model rather than GM

  • avatar
    TheEndlessEnigma

    The GM fail continues.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Really don’t care what GM does or even if they become Chinese owned. I have my last GM vehicle and will probably never buy another one new or used. As for Ford I have ordered a 2022 Ford Maverick but that could be my last Big 2 1/2 vehicle and most likely in the future buy only Toyotas, Hondas, or Mazda.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    GM watching Ford and Stelantis:

    “WRITE THAT DOWN! WRITE THAT DOWN!”

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    GM closely watching Stelantis hoping to become a take over target and golden parachutes for Barra and the GM board. Doesn’t matter how good the products are just a higher stock price and getting a good merger candidate with deep pockets.

  • avatar
    nrd515

    The Camaro lost me when I saw the production version back in 2009 or whenever it was. As a 3 time F-Body owner, I was wanting to give it a shot, but it was too ugly, the trunk was useless, the back seat too (not a dealbreaker for me), and it had too limited headroom.

    And then they made it worse. I don’t understand what they were thinking.

    If they had made a even halfway decent looking Gen2 or 3 tribute, I would have probably bought one. Instead, I went to a Challenger R/T and now a Scat Pack, and my second Challenger turned 3 a week ago. Zero, I repeat, ZERO issues. No rattles, nothing. I love the thing. The only thing I would change are the wheels. I’m not crazy about black wheels and the ones I have are at best, “OK”.

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