General Motors has been very secretive about its Chevrolet models launching in 2013. And frankly, it’s going to make 2012 look like a joke in comparison with the all-new C7 Corvette, next-generation Silverado and a new addition to the lineup: a rear-wheel-drive sport sedan. That last of which has been an especially hot topic as of late, since Chevy confirmed its arrival in a press release, tying its launch into the next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The Australians have great suspicion that this new Chevy is going to be based off the Zeta-based Holden Commodore, and many signs are pointing to that — but we don’t think it will be called the Commodore here in America. One major reason is that GM has yet to trademark the “Commodore” name here in America. It’s much easier to imagine the Caprice simply entering civilian duty along with its police patrol vehicle variants, name and all. Its current looks as a police car seem to also more-or-less resemble Chevy’s new design language featured on the 2014 Chevy Impala and 2013 Traverse that were unveiled at New York last week. And yes, it will offer a V8.
For all intents and purposes, this rear-wheel-drive car — which its official name still escapes us, but we’re calling it the Caprice for now — will pick up where the celebrated Pontiac G8 left off. So we can all stop complaining now. Also, it takes some heat off the new Impala for not offering AWD.