“As we prepare to say goodbye to the current generation Camaro, it is difficult to overstate our gratitude to every Camaro customer, Camaro assembly line employee and race fan,” said Scott Bell, vice president, Global Chevrolet. “While we are not announcing an immediate successor today, rest assured, this is not the end of Camaro’s story.”
“Not the end of the Camaro’s story.”
Some people are taking these prepared words from a press release as gospel, when Chevrolet was quick to call our dead-accurate reports from four years ago that the Camaro would bow out after the 2024 model year as “speculation.” Will we see a new Camaro someday? As in: will we see a new Camaro before the sun burns out? Yeah, probably. That goes without saying. But you see how meager that sounds, right?
In any case, it’s got every clickbait-based website and cringy vlogger talking about how “there’s going to be a Chevrolet Camaro SUV,” and “we’re expecting a Camaro EV sedan to fight Tesla,” as well as so-called Camaro brand.
At the time of this writing, our network of sources can confirm that none of that is true. None of it.
Why are we qualified to debunk these rumors? We’ve been the best at reporting the future of the Chevrolet Camaro. It was MC&T that first broke the news back in 2019 that the Camaro name would be shelved after the 2024 model year. This is because the immediate plans that were to be the seventh-generation Camaro were scrapped, as were plans of a sixth-generation Z/28, the lack of a 55th anniversary model, and first details on the upcoming 2024 Camaro Collector’s Edition.
So, do we know what’s next for the Camaro? Yes. But not before we go over the checklist of fake news circulating around the internet.
Camaro SUV: False
At present, there is no upcoming Chevrolet Camaro SUV. Why it’s possible that GM product planners pondered the possibilities of one, they were smart enough to purely entertain the idea without accepting it.
What is actually happening: a Chevrolet Blazer EV SS with 557 horsepower and 648 lb-ft of torque.
Camaro Sedan: False
There were a few high-profile outlets alleging last year that Chevrolet intends to produce an electric Camaro sedan in a few years. This was corroborated with analyst forecasting pointing to an EV sedan earmarked for the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, where the sixth-generation Camaro is currently built. However, it won’t be a Camaro sedan.
What is actually happening: a Corvette EV sedan, which we detail in the video below:
Camaro Hybrid: False
At one point, a Camaro hybrid program appeared to be in the cards. There were some pretty interesting customer surveys going around back in 2018, feeling out if existing Camaro owners would opt in for a hybrid V8 Camaro. This included a 2.0L turbo hybrid as a potential $4,000 option with 365 total horsepower and 0-60 of 4.4 seconds. The survey also mentioned a 6.2L LT1 V8 hybrid as an $8,000 option and 545 total horsepower with a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds. The base engine would have been a non-hybrid 2.7L turbo with 310 horsepower, which we now know as the L3B in the Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado.
These intriguing powertrains were likely part of the original plans for seventh-generation Camaro. Sadly, no more.
What is actually happening: aside from the Corvette E-Ray, which is a hybrid supercar, GM has verbally and financially committed to purely electric vehicles.
Camaro Brand: False
This one was likely fueled by the news that GM is looking to introduce at least one more vehicle with a Corvette badge outside of the C8 family. Maybe it was on a marketing whiteboard at one point, but that’s it. This electric sedan will start a Corvette brand, but Chevy appears to know better than to crowd showrooms with two performance brands. Because at this point, what would a Camaro brand mean, when there’s going to be Corvette brand and the go-fast Blazer EV SS? There’s simply no room.
What is actually happening: a Corvette brand. Just that.
Camaro EV Coupe: True?
Everybody is doing it. Making historic nameplates into electric vehicles. And by “everybody,” it’s Dodge. This is truly uncharted waters here. But, based on the sentiment (heat) that the Dodge brand has received for its intentions to replace its beloved Hemi V8 muscle cars with a family of electric coupes with varying outputs, an electric Camaro coupe would largely be for a new buyer that’s open to eMuscle, and not so much the audience that the Camaro marque has largely built its cachet with.
This would sting less if Chevy would call this potential future product anything else but the Camaro. If it’s for a market climate of the times, it’s probably best if a new name was introduced. Hey, Chevy! Bring the Volt name back!
What’s actually happening: there have been proposals for an electric Chevrolet Camaro coupe. But GM has yet to green light such a project, putting the potential re-emergence of the marque towards the end of the decade, at the very least.
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The current Camaro would have been a bigger seller if GM had fixed the lack of vision issue and a lower belt line, I’ll wager. The blue concept drawing shows the first car that would be driven with the driver lying prone !