Chevrolet made a splash with its retro design for the reborn, fifth-generation of its Camaro way back when the first concept car debuted at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show. Since then, we've watched the production car age rather gracefully while remaining a strong competitor to the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. Still, the current model is getting a bit long in the tooth, meaning we can start speculating about what the sixth-generation model will look like.

According to Edmunds, the next Camaro will be much more Charles Darwin than Simon Bolivar. In other words, expect an evolution of the current car's design, rather than a clean-sheet restart. That's actually pretty surprising considering GM is preparing to shift the Camaro to the rear-drive architecture that underpins both the Cadillac ATS and CTS. Generally, maintaining styling when a car switches platforms presents some challenges, but we're quite happy to see the Camaro will retain the same general look. Muscle cars and retro styling work quite nicely together.

"The difference between the existing and redesigned [Camaro] is not drastically different," an inside source 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."

Edmunds also reports that the sixth-gen Camaro should debut in just under a year, at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show as a 2016 model.


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      PTC DAWG
      • 9 Months Ago
      It is too big on the outside to have as little room as it does on the inside. IMHO.
      Bernard
      • 9 Months Ago
      It looks like it might be smaller. Hopefully it is. The only reason I didn't look at a Camaro the last time I went car shopping was the size and weight of the current model. However, if this is on the ATS platform now then those two issues should be resolved. I never understood the point of a large coupe. Unless it's a Bentley or something with no attempt at being dynamically entertaining.
        David MacGillis
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        The car in the picture is the current car. No one has actually seen a replacement Camaro yet.
      JayP
      • 9 Months Ago
      Maybe make the grille a bit bigger... you know, to save from having to "invent" the flowtie?
      to your email L
      • 9 Months Ago
      Now if we could get the Impala (and not just the SS and Caprice PPV) on that platform. Oh and a Buick would be good too, like perhaps the next LeSabre, Electra or Invicta???
        Avinash Machado
        • 9 Months Ago
        @to your email L
        The Impala is FWD.
          David MacGillis
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Avinash Machado
          Which is as it should be. A car like the Impala (a mass-market car) should be FWD perhaps with an AWD component. A car like the SS, (a more upscale performance sedan) probably should be on the Alpha platform.
      Rochester
      • 9 Months Ago
      Back in 2008, I was literally having dreams about owning the new Camaro SS. Then in 2009, I got to see and sit in one at the Toronto Auto Show, and was so disappointed in this car, I can't begin to express how crestfallen I felt. But I persevered, and test drove the SS 6MT anyway, that Spring. Sadly, all the test drive did was cement my disappointment. This is just a crappy car, with design over function, and a design that only looks good from a distance. So if you want to buy a car that looks amazing as you approach it in the parking lot, the Camaro is the car for you. But if you want a sophisticated driver's car, with design that you can appreciate for years to come... well, it is a Chevy, after all. Lower your expectations.
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      So in other words, we're still not going to be able to see out of it?
      Pat
      • 9 Months Ago
      As always GM is following the pack! (ref. evolution of the mustang)
        normc32
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Pat
        ...and the new Camaro has out sold the Mustang almost every year since 2010. Besides that the ATS, with all it's luxury trimmings including heavy sound deadening, weighs in at 3,315 lbs or about 200 lbs less than the Mustang. So looks like the bow-tie guys will have some room to work with on the new chassis.
          ngiotta
          • 9 Months Ago
          @normc32
          The Mustang has about an 8 million sales lead on the Camaro and has outsold it for 4 of the last 6 months. Who really cares it got edged out for a couple of years? Don't expect the Camaro to weigh as little as the ATS. With the Mustang's reported 300lb. + weight loss coming, I would expect the Camaro to weigh hundreds of pounds more than the Mustang, like it always has.
          Julius
          • 9 Months Ago
          @normc32
          Oh, @ Michael Sexton - there's this: Estimated curb weight for the ATS coupe (2.0 turbo) is 3418 lbs - not far off the ATS sedan 2.0L turbo RWD manual's 3403 lbs. Current curb weight for the base ATS sedan V6 RWD is 3461 lbs. The current 1SS Camaro (3908 lbs) is only 106 lbs heavier than the V6 2LT (3802 lbs) - and as the V6's are the same basic engine, I'd say that the new Camaro SS has a good shot at weighing under 3600 lbs.
          Michael Sexton
          • 9 Months Ago
          @normc32
          That weight loss isn't for the v8. It's for the 4cyl. Sorry about your luck.
        Julius
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Pat
        I'd point out that the Camaro got an IRS one whole generation sooner than the Mustang...
          Rob8
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Julius
          And I'd point out that the Camaro is only back from the grave thanks to Ford and the awesome job they did on the 2005 Mustang.
      Karfreek
      • 9 Months Ago
      That approach worked out so well for the 2014 Silverado, so let's use it here... Don't for get to jack the price up $2,000-$4,000, too.
      illbethere1
      • 9 Months Ago
      Those rear taillights look horrendous ! It's soooo cheap lookin' and not even LED, right ? Know theres a problem when a manufacturer withholds or fails to incorporate technology trends your counterparts already have.
        David MacGillis
        • 9 Months Ago
        @illbethere1
        LED Taillights are available on the SS and RS. The Z28 is supposed to be as light and no-frills as possible and the lights aren't LED. An LED taillight has about a pound of heatsinks on each element. So about 2-3 per light on a car like the Camaro.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 9 Months Ago
      Shame, it's an opportunity to redo a dated, fat design. There are other retro Camaro cues that could be included. I test sat one at an auto show once-very claustrophobic.
      SloopJohnB
      • 9 Months Ago
      Would be nice if they could fix the coupe's side quarter visibility problem, either with cameras or more glass. I will tolerate visibility problems with a ragtop, but there's no excuse for it on a coupe or hardtop convertible other than a childish stylistic flourish.
      malgu
      • 9 Months Ago
      I think the current one still looks great, looking forward to the new one!
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