Three years after its launch, the sixth-generation Chevy Camaro has received a refresh for its 2019 model year, gaining a new 1LE Turbo model, a new 10-speed automatic transmission, improved gadgets and, most noticeably, a revised exterior.
It’s a better vehicle than before, but are the changes enough to close the sales gab with the Ford Mustang? Here are the high points:
- The front end has been revised to be distinct between the LS/LT, RS and SS variants. The SS is now distinguished by a ‘flowtie’ open bowtie grille emblem and larger air curtains, package-specific headlights, and a new extractor-style hood, while the RS gets a unique polished black grille with Galvano Chrome lower inserts, an LED signature bar, and 20-inch wheels. RS, SS and ZL1 models get dark-tinted lenses.
- Notice that the LED taillights now sport the four oval design of the classic Camaros. Do they look better than the generic rectangle shape of the initial design?
- The interior boasts Chevy’s next-generation Infotainment 3 system. A 7-inch touchscreen is standard, while a larger 8-inch touchscreen is optional. A Rear Camera Mirror and Forward Collision Alert system are now available.
- The most noteworthy update is the introduction of Camaro Turbo 1LE, which is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that — mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission — cranks out 275-hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque. It also comes with an upgraded suspension, staggered 20-inch summer tires, Brembo brakes, and a Driver Mode Selector with Sport Mode and new Track mode.
So, what do you think about the Camaro’s updated face and butt? We know that’s what everyone will be talking about years to come.