When there’s an updated Mustang, an updated Camaro can’t be far behind. Although it was brand spanking new for 2016, the Chevrolet Camaro is already undergoing some mid-life updates, which will arrive in time for the 2019 model year.
Since the sixth-generation Camaro’s debut, Ford has refreshed its Mustang, fueling the ongoing and hopefully never ending pony car war. So what can we expect from the facelifted 2019 Camaro? For sure the front and rear ends will be updated, to what extent is still unknown. However, the Camaro’s overall dimensions will not change, suggesting the styling updates will be relatively minor.
Expect new headlights, grille and taillights. One of the biggest complaints some had with the latest Camaro is that it looked too similar to its immediate predecessor. This refresh may change that. Another positive change is that Chevrolet is reportedly eager to restructure the Camaro’s trim lines in an effort to cut prices somewhat. To its credit, the current Camaro comes with a long list of standard features, but at the same time has a base price of $26,900 while the Mustang begins at $25,585. Chances are Chevrolet will create a new base model that’ll either meet or beat the Mustang when it comes to entry price. The interior will also be updated, features wise, but the overall styling won’t depart much, if at all, from the current car.
Lastly, power. Yes, the 2019 Camaro will be more powerful, specifically the Camaro SS. While the 2018 Mustang GT has a 460-hp V8, the 2018 Camaro SS has 455 hp. Yes, 5 hp matters. The 2019 Camaro SS’s V8 could very well offer up 470 hp. Considering both the Mustang and the Dodge Challenger are both outselling the current Camaro, Chevrolet is likely fully aware of what needs to be done in order to help its pony car sell better. Other expected but so far unconfirmed upgrades include the inclusion of GM’s new 10-speed automatic transmission in more Camaro models, thus leading to improved fuel economy, and maybe, just maybe a new Z/28. We’ll hopefully have more answers as early as this January from Detroit.