GM’s next Camaro, which could at last be destined for an Australian launch, is expected to debut sometime next year with an evolutionary design language.
The current model, which marked a return to the Camaro’s legendary styling and performance, has proven hugely successful in the US.
The company is therefore hesitant to mess with that successful recipe, and a relatively minor facelift in 2013 revealed just how much freedom its designers will get.
Now, according to American site Edmunds, a GM insider has confirmed plans to stay the course on styling.
"The difference between the existing and redesigned [Camaro] is not drastically different," the insider reportedly told Edmunds.
“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."
What can we expect? GM isn’t saying yet, but for now, we might expect the special Camaro concept bound for this year’s Transformers 4 film to offer a few hints.
That concept wears familiar lines - the bulk of the body is largely identical to the production model - but there’s a much sharper face, again inspired by the updated 2014 model.
Beneath the new model, we can expect to find the Alpha platform that underpins Cadillac’s new ATS and CTS models, which will boost the Camaro’s refinement and weight distribution considerably.
The Camaro’s switch to Alpha will also mean the end of the Australian-developed Zeta platform that underpinned not only the Camaro, but also the outgoing Commodore range and its derivatives.
The Alpha platform may yet underpin Holden’s Commodore replacement, but it is understood that the company has yet to make a decision on its direction beyond the VF model.
Elsewhere in GM’s Australian plans, we could also see the next-generation Camaro make a local debut, arriving sometime after Ford’s at-long-last Mustang launch in 2015.
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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