Chevrolet has just taken the wraps off their update Camaro, which has undergone a visual sprucing up for the 2019 model year. Accompanying the exterior changes are some under the skin tweaks that bring the range up to better stead as it’s to face off against the refreshed 6th-generation Ford Mustang.
It’s arguable that Chevrolet didn’t even need to have the Camaro undergo a further facelift as the most recent update got a lot of things right. Even so, they’ve went ahead with the retouch anyway, resulting in a restyled front fascia that sports new headlight housings that flank a new grille that offers some aerodynamic benefits.
These alterations do give the Camaro a slightly muddled look compared to the more elegant and squared off visage it sported previously. But who knows, perhaps it’ll grow on us. Integrated into the front vents are angled flaps that Chevy claims to improve airflow for cooling as well as provide additional high speed stability.
Under the bonnet, the usual array of turbocharged four-cylinders, V6s and V8s either in atmospheric flavours or augmented by forced induction, with outputs untouched from the 2018 iteration. However, Chevy has inducted its base engine option to the sportier 1LE grade.
The pack pairs the 205kW and 400Nm 2.0-litre EcoTec turbo-four petrol with upgraded components such as a performance wheel and tyre package, Brembo brakes, a more aggressive exterior treatment as well as new Track and Competition driving modes.
The interior of the new entry level Camaro 1LE receives a pair of Recaro bucket seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in a grippy suede-like material that matches the shift knob. Also, a broader selection of the 2019 Camaro range will be offered with the newer 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed with Ford and indeed shared with the Mustang and F-150 Raptor. It was previously reserved for the range-topping Camaro ZL1.
Also on the cards for 2019 are a more sophisticated tech offering, bringing multiple standard equipment to the Camaro for the first time. First off, there’s a newer infotainment system with either a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen, and with that comes support for a standard rear view camera for all variants. In addition, the 2019 update brings Forward Collision Alert to the sports car along with an enhanced Performance Data Recorder system.