Most significant changes: All models except the ZL1 sport updated front and rear styling, including bumpers and lights; the standard multimedia system is the new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 unit, and it comes with a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen depending on the model; a 10-speed automatic transmission replaces an eight-speed as the optional automatic on the SS.
Price change: Base prices are down $905 on the LS, $1,200 on the 1LT models, $2,200 on the 2LT convertible and $3,000 on the 2LT coupe, while a new 3LT trim level for both body styles is new for 2019. Prices on the SS and ZL1 models are unchanged, as is the destination charge at $995.
On sale: Fall
Which should you buy, 2018 or 2019? 2019. If you want an LS or LT, a 2019 is clearly the way to go. The same goes for the SS and ZL1, unless a steep discount makes a 2018 irresistible.
Chevrolet is slashing prices on the four-cylinder and V-6 versions of the Camaro for 2019 in a bid to boost sagging sales. Camaro sales fell some 31 percent in the first half of 2018, outpacing declines for the archrival Ford Mustang.
Base prices now start at $25,995 for the 1LS coupe (all prices include destination), $905 less than the 2018 model. Chevrolet cut the 1LT coupe by $1,200 to $26,495 and the 2LT coupe by $3,000 to $28,495; a new 3LT coupe runs $31,995.
In contrast, base prices are unchanged on the V-8 models. The 1SS coupe starts at $37,995, while the ZL1 starts at $62,495.
Engine choices for LS and LT models remain a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 275 horsepower or a 335-hp, 3.6-liter V-6. The SS has a 455-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 and the ZL1 a 650-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8.
All engines team with a standard six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic is optional on the LS and LT, while a 10-speed automatic replaces the eight-speed as the optional transmission on the SS. The 10-speed was already available on the ZL1.
In another bid to boost four-cylinder sales, a new Turbo 1LE package for the LT coupe comes with the turbocharged 2.0-liter, six-speed manual, SS suspension components, 20-inch wheels and a nearly 50/50 weight distribution. We tested the 1LE package at a racetrack in Las Vegas in April; read about it here.
Performance cars like the Chevrolet Camaro lack the sales stamina of high-volume SUVs and sedans, so it isn’t surprising that sales are dwindling in the absence of major appearance or performance improvements. The Camaro provides strong competition for the Mustang, but choosing either car means performance and styling matter much more than practical considerations such as passenger and cargo room or fuel economy.
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