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What Does This Mean?

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When we opened up MC&T last year, one of our stories that set the internet ablaze was the audacious report that the seventh-generation Chevrolet Camaro as we knew it was shelved. The Camaro will not transition onto the GM A2 platform that underpins the Cadillac CT4 and CT5, and the product timeline for the iconic American muscle car will, once again, go dark after 2023. At best, it means some gap years, as was the case between the fourth- and fifth-generation models.

And yet, there’s this. A quick teaser image of what appears to be a Chevrolet Camaro silhouette over a rolling EV skateboard platform. But is it actually an electric Camaro? Or is it something else?

5-10 years from now, and perhaps farther down the road, the Camaro ethos will not change. And any General Motors strategy that involves only selling an electric Chevrolet Camaro to customers would be a lot like a historic and renown steakhouse – Peter Luger, let’s say – suddenly pushing soy-based imitation proteins to satiate, in place of the real thing. Underestimating this would result in outright rejection of the product. An early example of this rejection is the no-sale of the eCOPO Camaro concept.

The eCOPO – an early market barometer for an electric muscle car.

What we’re saying is the cure for low Camaro sales probably isn’t going to be an electric one. But Chevrolet has made strides in fixing some of the issues that have held it down, such as bringing down the price of the V8 to more agreeable levels. In fact, the 2020 Camaro LT1 trim level is the most affordable V8 muscle car on the market right now, and could have helped kick off a sales turnaround seen at the end of last year. That said, more expensive fixes, such as aligning it closer to the demands of the muscle car segment as a whole, can’t be amended without a complete do-over.

While the automaker has no shortage of blunders on its record, even extremely recently (CT6, anyone?), it’s hard for us to think the hive mind within the company would actually be so obtuse as to push an electric pony car and only an electric pony car.

Chevrolet Camaro EV
While there are no electric trucks or SUVs teased in this old image, one covered model does draw attention.

GM seems to be keen on selling gasoline-only products for several years to come, such as its breadwinning Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, as well as its utility vehicles. Meanwhile, in the near future, GM will also offer a line of electric pickup trucks and utility vehicles, such as the Hummer EV and electric Cadillac Escalade. In other words, the automaker is hedging the bet. Just as Ford Motor Company appears to be hedging the bet with the F-150, and the Mustang.

Oppositely, the Camaro product timeline currently does not imply a future with a roaring internal combustion engine. No drama of a thundering V8 to offset the simulacrum of sound from an electrified model. Considering GM’s strategy with its full-size trucks and SUVs, we’re left extremely skeptical that what was teased is even a “Camaro” at all.

As the original source to reporting the shelving of the seventh-generation Camaro, here is what we know for sure: the GM BEV3 electric vehicle platform is wildly flexible, and can support an array of vehicles in a wide variety of segments, and can utilize front- rear- or all-wheel-drive layouts. One of them is called ‘BEV3 Low Roof’ and it’s implied that this version will underpin sleek, rakish and otherwise sporty vehicles such as the upcoming Cadillac Celestiq electric vehicle, which will be a hand-built flagship EV. BEV3 Low Roof will likely underpin a Chevrolet of some kind as well. It’s just too early to assume it’s going to be an electric Camaro.

Finally, while there were several vehicles teased that are still a few years out, there was no Chevrolet Camaro EV teased this week during GM’s highly revealing future electric vehicle event that happened at the Design Dome at the Warren Technical Center.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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