New Face, New Features: Chevy Updates the 2019 Camaro
With nearly three years going by since the sixth generation Chevy Camaro was introduced for the 2016 model year, it was time for GM to give the car a refresh, and this week they officially showed off the updated 2019 Camaro with a new look and new options.
The biggest cosmetic change comes up front where the car gets new fascia designs to differentiate between the LS/LT, RS and SS models. The SS model in particular gets what Chevy calls a “flowtie” grille emblem along with its own unique LED taillights.
Mechanically, the 2019 Camaro SS gets a new 10-speed automatic transmission similar to the one offered in the ZL1, and thanks to its launch control system and line lock, it should become the model of choice among serious drag racers.
Perhaps the biggest news for 2019 is the addition of the popular 1LE package for the entry-level Camaro with the 2.0L turbo engine. While the horsepower rating remains 275, the Turbo 1LE model will include unique dampers and bushings, larger anti-roll bars, Brembo brakes and a drive selector with a track-ready competition mode.
While the turbo is down on power when compared to the V6 and V8 1LE models, its lighter weight gives the car better weight distribution, and it should prove to be a popular package for autocross competitors and track day junkies.
The 1LE Turbo should be priced under the existing 1LE V6, which should make it an appealing choice for those in the market for a fun rear-drive coupe that doesn't break the bank. Pricing info for the full line should be released later this year before the new models hit dealerships.