Will the Camaro Name Even Survive?

WHAT IT IS: An all-electric performance model, reported to be a sedan and effectively a replacement for the two-door Camaro. It may retain the Camaro name, as Chevrolet has recently used the Blazer moniker on a crossover that bears no resemblance to historical models.

WHY IT MATTERS: Parent company GM is transitioning all its brands to electric vehicles during the next 13 years, performance models included. The Corvette is already slated to adopt hybrid and pure electric powertrains in the next few years, but the Camaro’s future is unclear after today’s generation ends production in 2024 or so. In presenting its plans for an all-EV future, GM provided an illustration of its Ultium EV platform with an outline of a sports car hovering above. The picture bears striking resemblance to a profile view of the present Camaro, though Chevrolet wouldn’t comment on the similarity. Reports indicate the car will be a sedan even if it retains the name despite all past Camaros being coupes. Although Chevrolet could theoretically put any type of body on the Ultium skateboard platform, Camaro sales in recent years have dropped sharply, and coupes in general have faded in popularity over the past a decade.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: All of GM’s EVs in the foreseeable future will be built on the company’s Ultium platform, which can be tailored to fit any vehicle size or style. It also supports one to three electric motors, so this EV sedan could be anything from a classic rear-drive performance car to a 1,000-hp all-wheel-drive supersled. Chevrolet has given no indication what route it will take or whether it will offer multiple battery and motor configurations as GMC now does with the new Hummer EV pickup and SUV.

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