- The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will adopt an evolutionary styling theme drawn from the current-generation car, Edmunds has learned.
- The 2016 Camaro will share a rear-wheel-drive platform with the Cadillac ATS and CTS, sources said.
- The updated Camaro will arrive at dealerships sometime next year.
DETROIT — The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will adopt an evolutionary styling theme drawn from the current-generation car, Edmunds has learned.
The updated Camaro will arrive at dealerships sometime next year.
General Motors has taken a page from the playbook of the 2015 Ford Mustang in the redesign of the Camaro. That is, change all the sheet metal, but don't create a radical departure from the current styling. The end result is that while both the 2015 Mustang and 2016 Camaro have been extensively re-engineered under the skin, the exterior styling is evolutionary, not revolutionary.
"The difference between the existing and redesigned (Camaro) is not drastically different," Edmunds was told by an industry source who has seen the new car. "It looks like a worked-over current-model Camaro. It is on a different platform, so that is a significant difference, but when they modified it to be on a different platform, the styling did not change that much."
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is expected to debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Meanwhile, the 2015 Mustang, the chief rival to the Camaro, goes on sale this fall.
Mike Albano, a Chevrolet spokesman, took issue with the description of the 2016 Camaro's styling.
"We won't discuss future product, but I will tell you that any Camaro we do will have expressive design and will evoke the passion the previous-generation Camaros have done," Albano told Edmunds. "Camaro always has kind of moved the heart and the next generation will do the same thing when you see it on the road."
The current-generation Camaro went on sale in 2009 as a 2010 model. With the redesign, Camaro assembly will move to General Motors' Lansing, Michigan plant, the same facility that produces the Cadillac ATS and CTS. The Camaro is currently assembled in Oshawa, Ontario.
The two new pony cars are expected to set off a battle for sales supremacy and bragging rights.
Last year, GM sold nearly 80,600 Camaros. Mustang was close behind with around 77,200 sales, followed by the Dodge Challenger with about 51,500 sales. With the redesigned Mustang hitting showrooms first, Ford's pony-car sales could surpass Camaro this year.
Edmunds says: Why tamper with success? Since the Camaro's current styling is successful, an evolutionary approach might be the best choice.