2019 Chevrolet Camaro Gets New Face and More Technology

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For 2019, the Chevrolet Camaro gets a redesigned front fascia, new performance package and additional tech goodies on the inside.

So if you’ve logged onto the Internet today, you definitely saw the images that surfaced regarding the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro. In case you have somehow managed to scroll past them, we are here to show you the goods. To make things easy on you, this article will outline major things you should know about the new Camaro. Scheduled to go on sale this Fall, the 2019 model packs more technology and power, while sporting a restyled body and some minor fixes. Let’s get into it.

Controversial New Design

Aesthetics certainly matter at first glance, but they are subjective. When a brand decides to redesign a muscle car with a long legacy like the Camaro, some people are certainly not going to be happy. The photos that were posted today on the 2019 version illustrate this perfectly. The Internet has gone into a battle over who thinks the design looks good and those who are frantically trying to understand where Chevrolet’s head was at in the process. We are going to keep this objective, though, and let you know about the changes without our opinion (’til the next post, that is).

The grille is what catches your eye the most in these new photos, especially since it appears to be a little more “smiley” and rounded. The Camaro is set to have a couple of variations of the front end for the different trims to help better differentiate them. The non-SS models will have a deeper and more pronounced grille that goes much further down the front bumper than the 2018 one. The RS convertible, that has been floating around the Internet today, appears to be much more rounded in the front than the other models, and definitely more so than past generations. The LED lights have been tweaked a little as well. Many have said that the front now looks more similar to the Dodge Charger, Honda Civic and even the new Silverado. We are not entirely certain that Chevrolet would appreciate these comparisons.

Upgraded Tech In The Cabin

Changes for the interior include Chevy’s Infotainment 3 media system, which is now standard across all models. A 7-inch touchscreen display comes standard, with an available 8-inch display for the mid-grade and high-level trims. Optional safety technology, such as the rear camera mirror is only standard on the Camaro 2SS and ZL1 models. This is probably one of the best tweaks, as visibility is notoriously bad in Camaros. The new limited outward visibility feature will definitely make backing up and parking much easier.

All buyers will receive OnStar 4G LTE with WiFi hotspot support with a three-month, 3GB data trial included. Keyless entry and keyless start are standard too, while the 2LT receives heated and ventilated leather-trimmed seats as extra goodies. If you choose to go with the eight-speed automatic, you will also get the remote start option thrown in at no extra cost.

The 2019 Camaro LT can be purchased with Chevrolet’s Convenience and Lighting Package. This option includes a heads-up display, heated steering wheel, and color driver information display. It also throws in an interior spectrum lighting system with new color options for the upcoming model year. Active safety technology has been improved, too, with a rear-cross traffic alert, blind side zone alerts, lane-change warnings and rear parking assist.

New Turbo 1LE Performance Package

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Chevrolet will continue to offer the same lineup of four, six and eight-cylinder engines for their 2019 models. The brand reports that the new 10-speed automatic transmission in the SS Camaro is not same as the 10-speed in the Camaro ZL1. Apart from that change, consumers can now choose to go with the 1LE performance package, which features a base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The turbo 1LE may “only” put out 275 horses with 295 lb-ft of torque, but it is definitely worthy of being an entry-point in the track-focused lineup. It also comes with the standard (and only option) six-speed manual transmission. The near-50/50 front-to-rear weight balance also foreshadows that it will be a nimble and fun car, regardless.

The Turbo 4-banger 1LE will get a suspension package that is similar to that of the V6 1LE, which includes summer performance tires, a new Track mode, and four-piston Brembo Brakes. The improved suspension with larger diameter front and rear stabilizers promise better lateral stiffness with tuned dampers to boot. Pricing has not yet been announced, but if you consider the fact that the V6 1LE begins at about $33,000, the Turbo 1LE is definitely a track-worthy bargain.

Power Figures for the V8

For the 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8, you can choose between a six-speed manual or 10-speed paddle-shifting automatic transmission. Either option you choose gets you  650 horsepower at 6,400 RPMs, and 650 lb-ft. of torque at 3,600 RPMs.

The Magnetic Ride suspension comes standard on these models with an electronic limited-slip differential. Six-piston mono block front calipers paired with Brembo Brakes hide behind 20-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires.

This rear-wheel drive beast will have you going from 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds. It can also do a quarter mile in 11.4 seconds at 127 mph, with a top speed of 198 mph.

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Take a look at the video clip below to see just how General Motors kept the 2019 Camaro a secret in plain sight. Check out the 2019 Camaro SS and RS up close below, as well.

What are your thoughts on the redesigned Camaro for 2019? Let us know your honest opinion in the comments below. Stay tuned for my next post, where I get down and dirty to let you all know what I really feel about it. Remember, I am a Camaro girl and own one… so I really have some raw thoughts on this.