Americans have long had a love affair with muscle cars. One of the most classic examples of this type of vehicle is Chevy’s Camaro. It’s even made its way into popular culture, being featured in Hollywood films such as Stephen King’s Christine and Brian DePalma’s Body Double. Originally introduced in 1967 as an answer to Ford’s Mustang, the Camaro has undergone countless revisions in the decades since, including a style makeover for 2018 that wasn’t quite popular for some fans. “Customers spoke, and we listened,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing. “The overwhelmingly positive reaction to the Shock’s stylized design helped prompt its transition from concept to production.” The latest generation 2020 Chevy Camaro is on the way and promises to quiet those critical of the previous model and build on what came before.
Produced at General Motors’ Lansing Grand River Assembly facility in Michigan, the new Camaro is expected to be available to customers in the fall of 2019. As of this writing, pricing is expected to be $25,995 for the base LS model, with pricing for other models to be announced closer to the launch date. In general, convertible prices are expected to be an additional $5,000, based on the 2019 pricing scheme. Not only does the new Camaro feature updated and more sleek styling and performance, it’s now the least expensive muscle car on the road that sports a V8 engine. That alone is an impressive feat. If you’ve been thinking of purchasing a Camaro but have been holding off, let’s take a closer look at what the 2020 Chevy Camaro has in store.
The most notable change to the Camaro family for 2020 is the addition of the LT1 model, which lands squarely in between the body style of the LT trim level and the 6.2L V8 engine found in the Camaro SS. The LT1 is the long-rumored, low-cost V8 option that has been absent from the sixth generation of the Camaro. There has been some speculation that the lack of such a model has caused sales of the 6G Camaro to slip, and adding in a lower-cost model will alleviate that problem. It will be available as both a coupe and a convertible. As prices of performance sports cars continue to rise, Chevy’s strategy of including the more basic and less expensive LT1 model can definitely be seen as an improvement over the old design. In addition to the LT1, additional trim levels that will be available are the 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 1SS, 2SS, and 1SE (ZL1). All models are available in coupe or sedan styles. In regards to the SS model, for years, it’s typically been more expensive for drivers seeking the power of a V8. However, with the 2020 Camaro SS, Chevy is wagering that its customers will be willing to forego some of the more luxurious features in favor of more power. Time will tell as to whether or not this gamble pays off.
Two special edition packages are also slated to be introduced - the Shock and Steel Special Edition and Redline Edition, although neither are expected to be available at the start of the 2020 model year. The 3LT trim level on the 2020 Chevy Camaro will include the Convenience and Lighting Package standard. Items in this package include a heated steering wheel, head-up display, rear parking assist, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert, interior spectrum lighting, and more. In addition, the 3LT also gets Chevy’s Infotainment 3 Plus system with a large 8-inch HD touchscreen display standard, with the Infotainment 3 Premium system plus navigation available as an option. A Technology Package is available for the LT1, which offers the 8-inch display, infotainment system, and premium Bose audio.
Like the 2019 Camaro, the same powertrain options continue over to the 2020 model. Four gasoline engines are offered - a turbocharged 4-cylinder, a naturally aspirated 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder, and a turbocharged 8-cylinder. As mentioned previously, the LT1 gets a 6.2L V8. The LT models that come with the 3.6L V6 LGX engine now sport a 10 speed automatic transmission, replacing the former 8 speed version. In addition, the 3LT is now powered by the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG engine as standard equipment. The base four-cylinder engine provides the highest EPA fuel economy estimates, at 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The 6.2L V8 engine brings those numbers down to 16 / 24 while the 3.6L V6 comes in at 16 / 27.
The chassis of the new Camaro promises to deliver a ride that will appeal equally to both performance driving conditions and rambling along local roads. Its solid structure should also ensure precise handling and a high quality feel, putting it on par with competing vehicles costing much more. More powerful Brembo brakes will definitely be beneficial in all sorts of stopping situations, along with performance tire options. In the safety department, the 2020 Chevy Camaro has already earned a five star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the earlier 2019 model rang up average scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The 2020 Chevy Camaro brings some changes to the exterior, most notably the deletion of two colors - Silver Ice Metallic and Mosaic Black Metallic, while at the same time adding Rally Green Metallic as a new choice. The new model also gets 20-inch polished forged wheels with a black star center cap. Optional exterior options will include dark tint tail lamps on the LS and LT; Camaro fender badge on the LS, LT, and SS; black front and rear bow ties on the LS and LT; orange and red-painted brake calipers on the LT, LT1, and SS; and spoiler on the LS and LT.
The face of the SS model gets a makeover based on the design of the Camaro Shock, a show vehicle that was specially produced for the 2018 SEMA Auto Show. The new facade sports a Chevy bow tie emblem in the upper grille and matching body color bar accent between the upper and lower grilles. In the cabin, the 2020 Camaro will sport new red knee pads on some models as well as red seat belts as an option across all trim levels. The Tire Fill Alert feature is now standard across the line, and a Rear Camera Mirror is also now standard on the 3LT coupe and convertible.
Drive in total comfort cradled in Recaro performance bucket seats, available on the LT models along with sport alloy pedals (also included on the SS). There’s also a suede, microfiber-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel and matching shifter. Additionally, Adrenaline Red and Ceramic White will be available as new interior colors on the 2LT coupe and convertible. While cars in this class aren’t really designed for carrying a large amount of cargo, the new Camaro does offer space for small items such as carry-on luggage and other personal items. This isn’t the vehicle for hauling gear for the weekend.