With new hardware under the skin and a four-cylinder under the hood (on base models, at least), the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro advances the iconic pony car's legacy into the future.
New chassis promises improved handling and better fuel economy; current model's bold styling carries over mostly unchanged.
Needs upgraded interior to compete against the nicer cabins in newer rivals.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro gets only subtle lifts and tucks outside, but rides atop a brand new-chassis good enough for a Caddy.
A Chevrolet based on a Cadillac? Wait, isn't it usually the other way around? Hasn't General Motors been down this road before?
Like you might say on Facebook, it's complicated. Cadillac has picked through the blue-collar Chevrolet inventory before, yielding the crummy Cimarron in the 1980s and the pretty decent Corvette-based XLR last decade. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro flips that history on its head, however.
For its sixth generation, the Camaro will sit on the same chassis that's underneath the recently overhauled Cadillac CTS and, in a shorter variation, the ATS. We've praised both cars for a deft blend of athletic handling and ride comfort. The new chassis should be slightly longer and narrower than the current Camaro's.
Fans of the current model needn't worry, though. This new-generation Camaro will not look radically different. You'll see some softer, rounder lines here and there, but the Camaro will still squat in its same low-slung, broad-shouldered stance, enhanced with gun-slit windows. Chevrolet has good reasons for moving the Camaro to a new platform -- cost savings and fuel economy among them -- but not much incentive to change a winning look.
Both the 3.6-liter V6 and the 426-horsepower V8 engines should carry over, along with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. A turbocharged four-cylinder offering is almost certain to help meet more rigid fuel economy standards. But that should be a good thing, as the leading candidate is the same 272-hp 2.0-liter engine found in the new base CTS and ATS models.
Whether the Camaro gains, loses or retains its cabin space remains to be seen, but Chevrolet needs to upgrade the Camaro's interior with better materials and exciting design if the car is to keep pace with new-generation Mustang and Dodge Challenger models.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will be made in Lansing, Michigan and should be in dealerships by the fall of 2015. Check back for more information on the new Camaro, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.