2019 Chevrolet Camaro Adds Track-Focused 2.0-liter 1LE, More Tech to Lineup [Video]

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro adds a new 1LE to the lineup, as well as more standard features.

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro gets its mid-cycle refresh. After the sixth generation debuted in 2016, following the successful revival of the nameplate in 2010 for its fifth generation, GM’s gone one further for the upcoming model year. In profile, the car doesn’t look drastically different than it did before, but the front and rear fascias have undergone some big updates. GM shrunk the lower front grille, while expanding the top portion to improve air flow. Around the back, the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro sports a new rear fascia and LED taillamp design. On RS and SS models, there are trim-specific diffusers if you equip the dual mode exhaust. The front LEDs extend further out, giving the Camaro a distinctive, if potentially controversial, look.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE
Chevrolet added the 2.0-liter “Turbo 1LE” to its track-focused lineup for 2019. [Photo: Chevrolet]
Speaking of exhaust, let’s get down to powertrains. The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro keeps the same powertrains as before. However, there is a difference here, and it comes in on the lower end. To give the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Camaro some track cred, GM’s bestowed it with some brake and suspension upgrades. In addition to the standard 275 horsepower, 295 lb-ft torque engine, the Turbo 1LE rounds out the lineup, coming exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission and a chassis setup derived from the V6 1LE.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro RS, SS
The new Chevrolet Camaro lineup features differing fascia designs for RS and SS models. [Photo: Chevrolet]

Turbo 1LE: entry-level track weapon?

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE sports larger stabilizer bars, stiffer rear cradle bushings, and stiffer dampers to make it more rigid. There’s also a Brembo brake package, as well as selectable drive modes, including Sport and Track with Competition Mode that lets you set up launch control and performance readouts in the instrument cluster. As with the V6 1LE, SS 1LE and ZL1 1LE, the Turbo comes on summer-only tires. Chevrolet set this one up with 245-millimeter tires up front, and 275-millimeter tires in the back.

SS models get a 10-speed automatic with launch control and “line-lock” – a transmission which has only been available on the ZL1 until now. GM co-developed the transmission with Ford, and it’s already available on a wide range of models from both brands.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS
The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS is now available with a 10-speed automatic transmission. [Photo: Chevrolet]

There’s more tech too

2SS and ZL1 2019 Chevrolet Camaro models get a standard rear camera mirror, which out to help with the Camaro’s rear visibility issues. GM also fitted a revised rearview camera system on all Camaro trims. Forward collision alert is now available as an option. The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard. However, an 8.0-inch system is also available, with navigation and over-the-air software updates.

No availability or pricing is available yet on the new Camaro, but we’ll keep you updated as that information becomes available closer to launch. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more videos on your favorite new models. If you enjoy our content, please consider donating to TFL through our Patreon page!

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