Chevrolet Fixes The Not-So-Broken Camaro, Launches 2019 Facelift

April 12 2018

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Apart from the polarising styling though, the Camaro now gets a first-ever turbocharged engine and a whole lot of new features

Chevrolet has revealed its range of cars for 2019, including the Malibu, Cruze, Spark and, most importantly, the Camaro pony-car. The highlight of the 2019  models is the adoption of a new design language including a ‘bolder’  front end design, which on the Camaro is apparently optimised for better  air-flow.

The 2019 Camaro, the first facelift given  to the sixth generation car that was launched back in 2015, now looks  more aggressive than ever with gaping vents at the front and very small  headlights. The alien-like mouth effect is exaggerated in the more  powerful SS variant of the Camaro, with the black two-part grille taking  up the majority of the fascia. The other variants get a less aggressive  but still polarising front-end designs. The SS Camaro carries forward  the ‘flowtie’ logo on its grille; this hollowed out version of  Chevrolet’s logo was first seen on the track-focussed 2014 Z/28 Camaro  and allows more air to pass through the grille to cool the engine  better.

The side-profile is an evolution of the  design first seen on the resurrected 2007 Camaro Concept (the same that  played the part of Bumblebee in the first edition of Michael Bay’s  Transformers movie). Like the earlier Camarao, the new one continues to  have one of the smallest glass areas of any car in its class. Larger  20-inch wheels are available, which add to the sporty look of the car,  while performance gains have not yet been advertised.

At the rear, the obvious change is the  new LED tail lamp design. Unlike the rest of the angular design, the  taillamps are curvy and feature clear lamps or blacked-out lamps  depending on the variant. Dual exhausts and new diffuser designs are  also new to the 2019 Camaro.

The engine options remain the same - the Camaro can be had with four  engines: 1) a turbocharged 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, 279PS/400Nm, 2) a  3.6-litre, V6 developing 340PS/385Nm, 3) a 6.2-litre, V8 developing  461PS/617Nm and 4) the range topping 6.2-litre, supercharged V8  developing 660PS/880Nm.

The highlight of the 2019 Camaro is that  the 2.0-litre, turbo engine can be had with the 1LE track-package. This  adds a 6-speed manual transmission, 245/40 R20 front tyres, 275/35 R20  rear tyres, Brembo brakes, larger diameter front and rear stabilisers,  better dampers, stiffer bushings and new ball joints at the rear that  increase lateral stiffness. On the inside, the Camaro 2.0 1LE gets a  suede flat-bottom steering wheel, a suede gear lever cover, Recaro  bucket seats and a drive selector dial (with Sport, Track and  Competition modes). Chevrolet claims the 2.0 1LE has an almost perfect  50:50 weight distribution thanks to the lighter engine, making this one  of the most track-focused variants of the Camaro.

The Camaro SS gets a 10-speed automatic transmission as a counter to the Ford Mustang featuring the same. Also mimicking the Mustang, the Camaro now gets a  launch control system and a burnout-enabling line-lock system.

The 2019 Camaro  also gets a new navigation-enabled infotainment system which features a  7-inch touchscreen as standard and an 8-inch unit as an option. A ‘rear  camera mirror’ uses rear mounted cameras to negate the blind spots  created by the thick C-pillars and the rear seat headrests, while a  forward collision warning system is also offered as an option for  enhanced safety.

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