Motor Trend interviewed Camaro lead designer John Mack, and in a report published Tuesday, he opened up about what influenced the new looks.
The first notable bit actually involves the first-generation Camaro. Mack said the RS and base LT car actually channel the original Camaro in the grille design. Like the 2019 Camaro’s ancestor, it too features a large center-opening grille with a “downplayed” lower grille. That wasn’t the case for the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS, though.
According to Mack, the design team did not work from the SS down. Instead, the team looked at unique styles for each model. In this case, the base models came first, then the SS. He said the 2019 Camaro SS makes an “impactful graphical statement” with an over-the-top look. Perhaps correctly, he called the design a “touch polarized.” In the end, the SS’ new looks are meant to keep a sinister look.
He also mentioned the functional aero bits this time around. The previous base Camaro’s RS package was merely a cosmetic upgrade, but the 2019 Camaro ushers in functional parts. The air curtains route air in and out the other side, and functional extractors in the lower diffuser aid the Camaro’s aero mission.