Rearview mirrors are used for a lot of things. Some people use them to keep an eye on mischievous kids in the back seat. Others view them as a tool in the fight to apply makeup in heavy traffic before reaching the office each morning. Still others actually use them for the intended purpose of keeping an eye on what’s going on out back.
Well, 2013 Camaro owners and now 2014 Corvette Stingray owners will get the joy of viewing their six O’clock with a swanky new frameless rearview mirror that houses an all-new OnStar interface within an electrochromic touch screen display.
The new display makes its home at the bottom-center of the new mirror’s glass. When touched, the three buttons illuminate for use and dim shortly afterward in a clean effect. The frameless mirror itself is auto-dimming for those long drives at night with oblivious drivers riding their high beams only a few yards behind. In contrast to the high-tech touch screen aspect, the mirror takes on a retro look recalling the days when frameless mirrors were all the rage. In all, the mirror’s overall look is very clean and classy with just the right amount of J.J. Abrams-esque technology glowing within.
The touch screen display features OnStar’s redesigned voice recognition, emergency, and OnStar buttons. The new voice recognition button – which looks like a person talking - replaces the telematics button that was strictly used for placing calls. Now the new system allows occupants to speak commands for sending text messages, checking the weather and stocks, accessing saved navigation routes, and of course, making phone calls.
The emergency button also gets a new look with a more internationally recognized SOS logo verses the outgoing white cross graphic. Finally, the actual blue OnStar button carries on with the same look since its last redesign in 2010.
Currently, only the Camaro and Corvette get the new mirror, but the rumor mill is ripe with talks of the frameless mirror finding its way into other GM vehicles – something we would love to see happen.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro
The fifth-generation Camaro has been roaming the streets since 2010, giving The General some American muscle in the continual fight against the Mustang and Challenger. The rear-drive, two-door coupe is powered by either a 3.6-liter, V-6 delivering 323 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque or a thunderous 6.2-liter, V-8 kicking out 426 horsepower and 420 foot pounds of torque.
Current pricing on the 2013 starts at $23,345 and ventures north towards the $40,000 mark for an SS with extra options.
New for 2014 is the Z/28 package which includes the same LS7 powerplant found in the C6 Corvette Z06. The 7.0-liter, V-8 is good for 500 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque and is mated to the Tremec TR606 six-speed, manual transmission. As of this writing, no official price has been set for the Z/28, but estimates have it starting around $60,000.