The Camaro didn't get any major changes for 2018. The elimination of a color and the added availability of the 1LE package for the 2SS trim were the only differences between the 2017 and 2018 models. Chevy has stepped up for 2019, though, with multiple cosmetic changes and an infotainment system upgrade. There won't be anything new under the hood. Although there will be a new trim. New wheel options will also be available for 2019. Here are the answers to questions that you might have about the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro.
Will there be a new engine option in the 2019 Camaro?
No, the 2019 engine options will be the same as the 2018 engine options. The 275-hp, 2.0-L Turbo SIDI engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission is standard in the 1LS and 2LT trims. The same engine paired with an eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission is standard in the 1LT. A 335-hp, 3.6-L V6 DI engine is an available option for all three trims. The 455-hp, 6.2-L V8 DI engine paired with the six-speed manual transmission is standard for the 1SS and 2SS Camaros. For 2019, the SS trims can be equipped with an optional 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. The ZL1 gets the same transmission, but it is mated to a 650-hp, 6.2-L Supercharged V8 DI.
How many trim levels will there be for the 2019 Camaro?
Chevy has added a new trim for 2019 known as the Turbo 1LE. It is basically the base LT trim with a performance twist. This trim will come with the 275-hp, 2.0-L Turbocharged SIDI engine under the hood. It also comes standard with an enhanced suspension, front and rear stabilizers, Brembo brakes and several drive modes. The drive modes are Competition, Sport, and Track. The new suede-covered steering wheel has a flat lower edge to give it more of a race-car feel. The 1LE comes with the six-speed manual transmission, which now features no-lift shifting. No-lift shifting allows the driver to keep his or her foot on the gas while shifting. It does not have rev-matching, though. That feature only comes with the V-8's. The Camaro will still be available in 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, 2SS and ZL1 trims for 2019, although they have been given some updates. All trims get a hood that has been redesigned with a bump at the center. They all get a new rear fascia, too, with special twin LED tail lights. The LS and LT trims have a trim-specific front fascia with a bigger top grille opening. The new tail lights on the LS and LT trims are red.SS trims get functioning heat extractors as well as a trim-specific front fascia. The new SS fascia has a centered 'flowtie' that provides greater airflow for the front-mounted heat exchangers. SS trims also get dual-element LED headlamps like those that come with the RS package. They also get special diffusers on models with the Dual Mode exhaust. The new tail lights on the SS, ZL1 and RS-package trims will have tinted lenses. Chevy has also added new optional wheel designs for 2019, including 20-inch design options in a variety of finishes for the SS and RS models. All trim levels are available in coupe and convertible body styles. Expect to pay around $5,000 more for the convertible, though.
Will the 2019 Camaro be much more expensive than the 2018 models?
Prices haven't been announced yet, although they will probably not go up by much. Chevy is targeting the hot hatch crowd, hoping the 2-L turbo engine and a new track-ready performance trim will get them looking. Watch for an MSRP announcement in mid- to late summer.
Will the 2019 Chevy Camaro be more fuel efficient?
Considering the engines are the same as those in the 2018 models, the miles per gallon shouldn't change. The 2019 Camaro LT1 should get 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, but that's as fuel efficient as the Camaro comes. The 1LS and 2LT trims should get 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The new Turbo 1LE should be about as efficient as the 1LS and 2LT trims, but the EPA hasn't released those figures just yet. Expect to get about 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with the 1SS and 2SS trims. The numbers drop to 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway for the ZL1 trim.
Did Chevy add any new infotainment features for 2019?
The 2019 Camaro will be equipped with Chevy's Infotainment 3 system. This new system is controlled through a 7-inch touchscreen with swipe sensitivity. It includes Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Live traffic and software updates will be available through a wireless connection. Navigation and access to the cloud will probably be standard on the higher trims. An 8-inch screen will be an available option.
Has Chevrolet added any new safety features to the Camaro for 2019?
Forward Collision Warning and a rearview camera mirror will be standard on ZL1 and SS trim levels and available for lower trims. Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Head-up Display are available options for 2018 models and will probably be available again on the 2019 Camaros.
Will the 2019 Camaro be worth waiting for or should I just try to get a deal on the outgoing 2018 model?
If you're buying a Camaro to take to the track, by all means, wait for the 2019 1LE. It couples plenty of power with excellent handling. If you're just looking for a great sports car to drive on the road and don't care about the new upgrades, go for the deal on the 2018 model. Hold off until autumn to get the best deals if you can, though. Dealers will be looking to move the 2018's out to make room for the 2019's.