The Chevrolet Camaro is gone, but not for long.
When we said goodbye to the 4th generation in 2002, most of us thought that was the end of Chevrolet’s affordable sports coupe. But in 2006, GM showed a great-looking concept based on the 1st generation design. It went into production in 2009 to become the 5th generation Camaro.
The 6th generation was just a remake of the 5th one. Something Bob Lutz has commented on by saying this: “The Camaro, an even better car, sinks into quasi-irrelevance. You can’t tell it from the previous one. ‘The same as before, only smaller’ has never been a winning formula in a fashion-conscious segment. The current Camaro, although fabulous, missed the mark.”
We already know a 7th generation will probably see new body styles like a sedan and especially an SUV. But the coupe and convertible are also rumored to be part of the next Camaro family. All of these cars will be based on GM’s Ultium platform or a future revised version of it.
As far as the design, I think the Camaro should “go retro” once more. The first illustration above shows an obvious sleeker redesign based on the 6th generation and the first one. Which would be the easy way.
The second illustration shows what a retro-futuristic design based on the 4th or 4th generation could look like. With the return of the fastback and huge glass rear hatch. Which I personally think would be really nice and would compete well against the upcoming Dodge Dharger EV since it will also be a hatchback. The 3rd illustration shows a more futuristic design with very little inspiration from past generations. Which could also be a possibility.
I really hope we hear more about the next Camaro and where GM’s design is heading soon. There are so many great possibilities. But also so many ways to mess things up…
Which one do you prefer among the illustrations above?