It’s no secret that the Camaro will be getting a refresh, otherwise known as a facelift or midcycle enhancement (MCE), for the 2019 model year. So far, all of the attention has been focused on the updates to the car’s exterior, but a closer look reveals that the 2019 Camaro interior is also going to get some love.
The most recent set of 2019 Camaro spy shots confirm that the 2019 Camaro will stick with a 6-speed manual transmission rather than switching to a 7-speed unit as rumored previously, while also showing that the sports car will be getting the following interior updates.
Update: upon further consideration, the Camaro test model seen in the spy shots appears to be a lower trim level equipped with a 7-inch infotainment screen. This setup is standard on the 1LS trim level of the 2016-2018 Camaro. The finding disqualifies items 1-3 in the below list.
However, the interface of the actual infotainment system of the vehicle in the spy shots does, in fact, appear to be part of a new infotainment system – correctly identified by item 4 in our list.
1. Reworked Horizontal Section Ahead Of The Screen
The horizontal part that extends towards the driver and houses the five physical controls for the infotainment system has been completely redesigned. It appears as if that section extends forward more on the 2019 Camaro compared to the 2016, 2017 and 2018 models. We imagine that the change was instituted to increase the surface area of the system in order to make it easier for users to place part of their palm on the surface when using the system, thereby increasing the comfort when using the system.
This change also brings about a slight revision to the row of controls:
- The power/volume button moves up slightly, now residing in the center of the control row, rather than slightly below it in in the 2016-2018 models
- A new chrome accent strip now outlines the top of the control row
- The button closest to passenger changes to a phone control from a back button
2. Straight Bezel Corners
The revised shape of the horizontal section ahead of the screen results in a new bezel for the infotainment screen, as both the top and bottom corners feature straight edges. By comparison, the 2016-2018 models feature a bezel with rounded corners.
3. Thicker, Darker Bezel
The entire bezel of the 2019 Camaro looks to be slightly thicker than that of the 2016-2018 models. It’s also possible that the bezel now holds the screen in a different angle, though that could be a matter of the angle at which the spy photos were taken.
Also, notice that the entire center screen surround is now all black. By comparison, it is coated in a gray-brown color on the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Camaro.
4. New Infotainment System
Last but not least, the spy shots clearly show that the 2019 Camaro interior houses the latest Chevy infotainment system – as indicated by the new interface with bottom-placed quick access/shortcut buttons (Home, Music, Navigation, Phone) and system status bar (that shows signal strength of the OnStar system along with the signal strength and charge state of the paired cellular device at the bottom). The new system will likely deliver interface and speed updates to the already feature-rich MyLink infotainment system
There Might Be More
Overall, these updates are relatively minor, but we should note that the 2019 Camaro interior could deliver more updates that we simply don’t see in the spy shots, so stay tuned.
About 2019 Camaro
The 2019 Camaro will represent the fourth model year of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. Outside of re-arranged trim levels, equipment, features and associated pricing structures, the sports car will feature new front and rear facias – as shown by the camouflage on the front and rear ends of prototype models. Other updates are also possible, including changes to the interior and powertrain (in the form of new engines and transmissions), along with the introduction of a Z/28 model.
We expect Chevy to reveal the 2019 Camaro in the March-April 2018 timeframe, either at or in the vicinity of the 2018 New York International Auto Show.
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