To whet your palette before the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is officially unveiled some time this year, we present to you an enhanced look at the sly teaser General Motors dropped at its 2015 North American International Auto Show press conference.
What we see in this enhanced image thanks to a professional rendering artist are more defined lines of what the Alpha-based 2016 Camaro could look like. A chunky C-pillar is defined by the rear-trunk lid’s crease arching over slight wheel flares, creating a more compressed design than the current Zeta-based Camaro. With the digital sculpting knife trickery, we must say it looks quite good.
What can we expect from the 2016 for sure? Weight reduction. The lighter Alpha platform will allow the car to shed a lot of weight compared to the hefty Zeta architecture. As of this writing, we estimate the weight reduction to be around 150 to 300 pounds. The design will be much more evolutionary than revolutionary, with nods to the current fifth-generation — especially the “squinty-face” 2014 Camaro (and newer) — present and accounted for. It’s a honed design language, if you will.
We expect the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to be built at GM’s Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Michigan, U.S. instead of the Oshawa, Ontario plant in Canada. Originally, a turbocharged four-cylinder was dismissed, but the popularity of the Mustang EcoBoost may have GM rethinking its powertrain strategy. Regardless, look for the naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter LT1 to find its way into an SS variant, as well as the 3.6-liter V6 LFX.
Our favorite wildcard scenario would be finding the twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 LF3 from the Cadillac CTS Vsport.
Stay tuned to GM Authority as we bring you more information about the 2016 Camaro.