The transition to electric vehicles is unhinging a number of traditions. One classic nameplate that may be impacted is the Chevrolet Camaro. The Camaro as we have known it for decades may not survive the EV transformation.
As part of a broader report on General Motors’ transition to EV’s, Automotive News reports the Camaro may be replaced by a sedan. More specifically, the report says GM is contemplating a Chevrolet EV performance sedan that will be the indirect replacement for the Camaro. What isn’t clear is if this sedan will wear the Camaro badge or if it is just the spiritual successor and the Camaro nameplate dies yet again.
Regardless of the naming situation, the report says this new sedan could launch sometime in 2024. This timeline aligns with production of the current Camaro, which commenced production in 2016. GM has been mum on the future of the Camaro in recent years, declining to say if the car will survive the EV transition.
The fact GM is considering alternatives to the Camaro should not surprise anyone. The current car has struggled from a sales perspective, with Chevy dealers moving fewer than 10,000 units YTD through the end of June. While this sales slide has many causes, one is a general shift away from coupes in the U.S. auto market.
GM is also well-suited to launch an EV performance sedan with a Chevrolet bowtie. The company’s BEV3 architecture and Ultium battery system can merge to create a vehicle of just about any size and form. Sedans, thus far, have been limited to the upcoming Cadillac Celestiq.
Expect to hear more about this possible pivot in the coming months as GM’s EV plans take hold.