GM’s replacement for the hugely successful fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro has been spied testing again this week.
On the market since 2009, the current Camaro was first revealed as a concept at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show.
Final design and development of the production model was led by Holden here in Australia, utilising the Zeta platform that also underpins the Commodore.
The new Camaro is expected to do away with Zeta, sliding back along the Greek alphabet to adopt the Alpha platform already utilised by the new Cadillac ATS and CTS models.
These latest shots of the new coupe, due late in 2015 as a 2016 model, also confirm that GM will ‘stay the course’ on the Camaro’s iconic shape.
Importantly, much of the prototype's early heavy camouflage has been dropped, offering fans their best look yet at the new model's finer details.
It is clear that the familiar letterbox grille opening, tall sides, compact glasshouse and sharp tail will all again feature.
Although not identical, it appears this spied tester may also feature styling cues from the special Camaro concept produced for this year’s Transformers 4 film.
And, with Ford now at last planning to give its new Mustang a proper launch here, this new Camaro may hold even more significance for Australian buyers than its locally-developed predecessor.
The Camaro had previously been withheld from Australia due to the lack of right-hand-drive production - GM prioritised a convertible model instead, and the global financial crisis limited the company’s options at the time.
The next model, however, is expected to finally include a right-hook option, making the model more desireable in the UK (although left-hand-drive versions can be had there), while also opening the door to an Australian launch.
With Holden and GM famously tight-lipped on future plans, we may have to wait and see what comes next - but with the Mustang on the way and HSV soon to be short of heroic rear-wheel-drive performance cars, the Camaro would seem an ideal fit.
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