Behold the very first photos of the refreshed 2019 Camaro base.
Caught undergoing final validation testing in metro Detroit, the vehicle seen here is coated in Silver Ice Metallic and is either the base LS or mid-level LT trim level of the updated 2019 Camaro. We are leaning more towards thinking that this is the LT trim, since the LS trim of the facelifted 2019 Camaro will go on sale later on in the model year (fourth quarter).
Making this sighting particularly noteworthy is that the LS and LT trim levels of the 2019 Camaro have not been seen before (without the LT 1LE package).
2019 Camaro Base – Front End
These photos finally show how the updated LS/LT sixth gen Camaro looks without the RS or 1LE packages, which we have seen once before. The front end features a new design specific to the LS and LT models, consisting of a new fascia, grille, dual-element headlamps, LED signature lighting and hood. By comparison, models with the RS package feature an LED light bar, turn signals and daytime running lamps, while SS models add a pair of horizontal LED light strips below the primary headlights.
Whether you love or hate the updated design of the 2019 Camaro, there is no denying that it is instantly recognizable as being different from the 2016-2018 Camaro. The upper part of the front fascia houses the Chevrolet logo and new headlights, while the lower fascia has a new shape, with vertical inlets at the corners and a “reverse-smile” opening in the middle.
Additionally, the tester seen here is wearing a set of 18-inch Silver Painted aluminum wheels that appear to be new for the 2018 model year (RPO code SGE).
2019 Camaro Base – Rear End
The rear end features a new fascia, defined by sculpted LED taillamps with red lenses. The dual exhaust, with single outlets on both sides of the vehicle, remains the same as on the 2016-2018 models.
Meanwhile, the “fin” communications antenna on the roof is black, which is standard on all LS and LT model. Ordering the RS package paints the fin in the vehicle’s primary body color.
Under The Hood
For the 2019 model year, the Camaro LS and LT carry over the 2.0L Turbo I-4 LTG engine as standard and 3.6L V-6 LGX engine as optional. Both motors are mated either to a six-speed manual transmission or the eight-speed automatic transmission. The new GM 10-speed auto is reserved for the SS and ZL1 models.
The naturally-aspirated 6.2L V-8 LT1 engine remains standard in the Camaro SS, while the supercharged 6.2L V-8 LT4 is included in the Camaro ZL1. Both the 2019 Camaro SS and Camaro ZL1 offer a six-speed manual transmission as standard, and the new GM 10-speed transmission as an option. The new 10-speed unit replaces the 8-speed auto for the Camaro SS for the 2019 model year.
Pricing & Availability
2019 Camaro pricing has not yet been announced, but is expected to remain similar to the 2018 model, which is priced to start at $26,900 for the Camaro Coupe LS.
The majority of the 2019 Camaro range will become available in the third quarter of 2018, while the LS model will launch in the fourth quarter.