This past Monday, Chevrolet made an announcement that is sure to bring a tear of joy to Camaro enthusiasts’ eyes. They will begin shipments of the all-new 2016 Camaro to dealerships later this week, and the new models should arrive for customer delivery by mid-November, just in time for the holidays. “It is an exciting day for everyone involved in bringing the new Camaro from a concept to the assembly line,” said Mike Trevorrow, Lansing regional plant manager. “As the transporters head out to dealerships across the country, the hard work and pride of everyone at Lansing Grand River Assembly goes with them.” Understandably so. The assembly facility in Lansing recently received a $175 million upgrade in tooling and equipment to support this model’s production.
Just what can consumers expect from the all new Camaro? For starters, higher levels of performance, technology and refinement. The 2016 Camaro offers six all-new powertrain combinations including a standard 2.0L Turbo, an available 3.6L V-6 in LT models, and a 455-hp LT1 6.2L V-8 in the SS, making it the most powerful SS ever made. Each engine is available in a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto.
The Gen Six also provides a faster, more nimble driving experience due to its lighter frame and larger range of powertrain options. The vehicle mass has been reduced by 200 pounds or more, depending on the model, providing not only better handling, but better efficiency as well. The new 2.0L Turbo will get more than 30mpg on the highway, while still delivering a 0-60 mph that comes in well under six seconds. Magnetic Ride Control active suspension is also available for the first time on the SS.
Under the hood isn’t the only place this model has gotten an upgrade. Chevy also took great care with the exterior and interior design details. The exterior was given a more athletic, sculptured look, complimenting the leaner architecture. More emphasis was also put on customer personalization including 10 exterior colors, five interior color combinations, new lighting options and many dealer available accessories, including wheels and striping packages.
The interior receives an upgrade with a new shifter-focused center console, intuitive controls, flat-bottom steering wheel and the use of higher quality materials in general throughout. Also missing are the conventional temperature and fan speed controls. In their place, unique control rings around the air vents, giving it a cool futuristic vibe. The tech gets an upgrade with standard connectivity features including Chevrolet MyLink with Apple CarPlay capability and an OnStar 4G LTE wifi hotspot.
After checking out photos online, I have to say I wholeheartedly approve of the changes that have been made to the body and interior. Add into the mix the six all-new powertrain combinations, and 2016 is looking like a sweet year for the Camaro consumer. This new Gen Six looks to be best we’ve seen since the original burst onto the scene on September 29th, 1966. It is also still heavily tied to its American roots, which I find refreshing. “There has been a lot of excitement and anticipation around our community and throughout the world for the next-generation Camaro,” said UAW Local 652 President Mike Green. “We have received great products here because of the quality of work always performed by the Lansing autoworker, active and retired.”
If you’re looking to buy, the SS and LT models with the 3.6L V-6 will be the first to arrive at dealers, followed by the convertible and the 2.0L Turbo, which will begin shipping in early 2016.
*Information courtesy of the Chevrolet Pressroom*