The first spy photos of the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro are available, finally. Chevrolet is about to launch the next generation of their iconic pony car; Camaro. Revelation date is set for May 16 at Belle Isle Park. Previous generation lasted for five years which is a standard length, but Chevy is late nevertheless since their arch rivals had revealed next-gen Ford Mustang last year.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Engine range
For starters, bowtie brand most likely won’t change existing powertrains. This means that base 3.6L V6 and optional 6.2L V8 will most likely be carried over. Will they return the same figures; 323 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque for V6, and 400 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque for V8, remains to be seen. In fact, when we come to think of it, larger, 6.2L unit could be replaced by Chevy’s new small-block V8 straight from Corvette.
Camaro’s Z, performance lineup will most likely have to wait for next year, but at least pony car might get reinforcement from most unlikely of sources. In truth, turbocharged 4-cylinder in pony cars is so 2014 now, so it doesn’t really surprise us.
Styling – Inside and Outside look
Biggest design news are weight savings. Needless to say, this was due to happen as fifth-generation Camaro’s weren’t that agile. 200 pounds or so less will allow the car to move more freely and unlock its full potential. As for the actual design, expect more curves than in outgoing model. Slightly less muscular body will finish the job that designers had started, which means less protruded fenders among other things. All in all, presentation is not that far down the road and we can only relax and wait.
Of course, interior will go through an overhaul as well, but that doesn’t mean that at least some of outgoing model’s features won’t be recycled and reused. This mainly goes for materials which stretch from plastic and cloth upholstery to leather seats and suede inserts. Same, 7-inch touch screen display should be carried over as well, but it won’t be available with entry-level models. Just like that, navigation and other advanced options won’t be standard as well, but they could be even harder (read costlier) to get.
As far as the rest of available features and tech goes, don’t expect miracles. Most of these will be carried over from previous generation, and safety options will be as well. Latter ones include stability control, six airbags and anti-lock brakes, together with optional rearview camera and parking sensors.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Price and MPG
Fuel economy ratings could see an increase thanks to weight savings and 8-speed automatic gearbox. That way, V6 models should reach at least 20 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, while new V8 could rise to 17/25 mpg. Needless to say, turbo four would really do a good job here as it would further raise these figures. Prices should remain in similar heights which means from $24,000 for entry-level coupe to $43,000 for top grade convertible.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro is supposed to offer us better ride, upgraded fuel efficiency and new, exciting styling. While first couple of categories can’t really be disputed, there’s a chance that new design could go wrong. We’ll just have to be patient until mid May 2015.