As Muscle Cars & Trucks first reported way back in June of 2019, the original plans for what was to be the seventh-generation Chevrolet Camaro were dropped. The sixth-generation Camaro would fade into darkness by 2023, which would be followed by some gap years for the nameplate (again), at minimum.. Since then, there have been unconfirmed suspicions of the Camaro being reborn as an electric vehicle, with General Motors going as far as teasing what’s assumed to be the silhouette of one on top of a chassis made up of Ultium battery packs. Moreover, GM is reportedly planning to build an electric vehicle at the Camaro’s Lansing Grand River Assembly plant by 2024, just after the gen-six Camaro fades into darkness. However, this vehicle could just as well be a Cadillac.
Yet, there’s a shimmer of hope for the current Camaro faithful: a new report coming from Australia’s WhichCar details that the final model year for the sixth-generation Chevrolet muscle car will be extended from 2024 to 2026; a full two extra years.
Australia is expected to get the Camaro, along with the C8 Corvette, via the newly launched GM Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) brand. GMSV exists in lieu of the discontinued Holden brand, which has been officially discontinued after a dragged out slow death. In its place, GMSV imports high-interest Chevrolet vehicles such as the Silverado, Corvette, and soon-to-be Camaro, and either sells them or converts them into right-hand-drive (RHD) models. After the Camaro, the all-new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban three-row utility vehicles are expected to be next on the to-do list for RHD importing.
According to the WhichCar report, GMSV is looking at re-introducing a RHD-converted Chevrolet Camaro in both high-end SS and ZL1 trim levels as soon as the 2021 calendar year, in order to compete with the Ford Mustang in Australia’s famous Supercars racing series.
While it’s difficult to determine what this means for the Chevrolet Camaro beyond the sixth-generation, tacking on two more model year’s to the muscle car’s lifecycle could give General Motors the necessary time to come up with a plan to keep the vehicle alive for generations to come.