2019 Chevrolet Camaro revealed, Turbo 1LE variant added

You might as well get used to seeing this. It’s the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro facelift. This is the muscle car we’ll likely see imported to Australia and sold through HSV over the next couple of years.

Chevrolet unveiled the facelift online, giving the iconic muscle car a new look front end, including front grille and intakes that have been optimised for better cooling or to minimise drag or lift. The bonnet is also new, with LED dual-element headlights, and new LED taillights and rear fascia for all models. The RS and SS also receive freshly-styled 20-inch alloy wheels.

The company is introducing a new turbo variant for fans, called the Turbo 1LE. It comes with a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder that produces 205kW and 400Nm, matched exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. The Turbo 1LE gets FE3 sports suspension with chunky sway bars front and rear, Brembo brakes, and a flat-bottom steering wheel. There’s also Sport and Track driving modes to select from inside the car.

As for the Camaro SS, it gains the latest 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission. This units comes packaged with launch control and a line lock (burnout) function to assist with drag racing. No changes are mentioned for the engine, which means the 6.2-litre naturally aspirated ‘LT1’ V8 producing 339kW continues as is.

Passengers are treated to a range of updates in technology and connectivity. There’s now a standard rear camera mirror on the 2SS and ZL1 models, improved standard rear-view camera with high-definition display, available forward collision alert, and next-gen Infotainment 3 media systems.

Infotainment 3 presents either a 7.0-inch or 8.0-inch touch-screen display, with smartphone mirroring technology, cloud-based connection, voice control, and even over-the-air software update capability. Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing director for cars and crossovers, spoke about the new model, saying:

“Lauded since its introduction for its balance of driving fun, refinement and value, the restyled 2019 Camaro reaches even higher with more of the design, technology and choices that customers want. It’s a performer with few competitors and a pillar of Chevrolet’s energised car lineup.”

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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