Note: Current Chevrolet Camaro pictured here.
It might be early, but we’re hearing the first rumblings about a refreshed Chevrolet Camaro set for showrooms in the 2016 model. The reports say the Camaro is destined for an evolutionary update verses an entirely new theme. What will be all new, however, is the Alpha platform underpinning the car.
The Camaro will be sharing that platform with the Cadillac ATS and the recently reworked CTS sedans. Still rear-wheel-drive, the updated platform will allow Chevy to better compete with the independent rear suspension setup underpinning the new 2015 Ford Mustang .
But The General can’t mess too much with success. The current Camaro is already selling like hotcakes to the tune of 80,600 units last year, besting the current-gen Mustang’s 77,200 sales figure and blasting the Dodge Challenger ’s 51,500 units sold. That’s why Chevy’s prodigious performance recipe needs to remain familiar.
"The difference between the existing and redesigned (Camaro) is not drastically different,” an industry insider who’s seen the new car told Edmunds. “It looks like a worked-over current-model Camaro. It is on a different platform, so that is a significant difference, but when they modified it to be on a different platform, the styling did not change that much."
We still expect to see obvious changes to the Camaro’s existing design, both inside and out. Perhaps Chevy will pour money into the cabin in an effort to surpass the new Mustang’s rather luxurious appointments. What’s more, Chevy may decide to offer a forced-induction four-cylinder in response to the Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. Seems convenient the ATS has a 2.0-liter turbo I-4 mill it could loan out.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.
For 2015, the Ford Mustang received a complete overhaul, giving the model a much-needed redesign, independent rear suspension and a better-appointed cabin. Under its hood, the new Mustang will carry three engine options. The base 3.7-liter V-6 will crank out more than 300 ponies, the optional 2.3-liter EcoBoost will eclipse 305 horsepower and the 5.0-liter V-8 will pass 420 horsepower.
The Camaro is one of the most iconic American cars in existence with its origins dating back to 1967 when the first GM pony car left the assembly line. The car has been an on and off success throughout the decades with a resurgence in 2010.
The latest-generation Camaro reignited the 40-year battle between itself, the Ford Mustang , and the Dodge Challenger . In its fifth generation, the Camaro is available in 2014 as a stripped-out V-6 model up through the supercharged 6.2-liter ZL1 .