As you may have already heard, the all-new sixth-generation, 2016 Chevy Camaro will carry a starting price of $26,695. That’s nearly $3,000 more than the outgoing fifth-generation model. That’s because the base 2016 Camaro will be the well-equipped 1LT trim level, while the 2010-2015 Camaro was available with more plebeian and less expensive 1LS and 2LS trims. But if Chevy wanted to, it could still offer the new Camaro in the more accessible LS trims.
The 1LT trim level on the 2016 Camaro includes features like Chevrolet MyLink with Apple CarPlay connectivity (Android Auto will come later), 8-way driver and 6-way passenger power-adjusting seats, a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, push-button start, and more. So what would a proposed 2016 Camaro in LS trim offer? Less of everything, and a lower price point to boot. Compared to the LT, a supposed sixth-gen Camaro LS could offer:
- A more basic set of exterior lighting elements (no LEDs in the front or the rear)
- Smaller wheels
- A more basic set of seats
- A less premium (non-flat-bottom) steering wheel
- A more basic Chevy MyLink infotainment system with Bluetooth for phone but without Bluetooth audio and without Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
- On models equipped with automatic transmission, different gearing and axle ratio to deliver higher highway fuel economy
… you get the idea. So, were Chevy to offer an LS trim level in the all-new Camaro, it would bring a lower price point to the new sports car, thereby making it more accessible to (some) potential customers. But whether or not that’s something that Chevrolet wants to do, however, is a different question entirely.