The 2019 Camaro configurator is now live, and there are a few surprises to be found.
We got a preview of what the new Camaro pricing will look like two weeks ago when GM accidentally switched the “on” switch a little early. What was revealed were massive price drops on their base-level trims, the addition of a new 3LT trim, and the removal of the 1LS from being able to purchase without needing to ask the dealer just how much it’ll cost.
Starting from the bottom, the 1LS now asks potential customers to “see dealer for pricing”. This usually means that the 1LS is now intended for fleet purchases, but you never know--you could dial them up and negotiate a sweet deal on the bare-bones Camaro. Last year the 1LS was $26,900, so try to aim for cheaper than that during your negotiations.
Actually, you’ll want to aim cheaper than $26,495, which is the brand new low price for the 1LT trim. That’s an $800 price drop from last year with the addition of standard LED headlights. The 2.0-L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine comes as standard with 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, all of which is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Next up is the 2LT, which sees a massive $3,000 price drop from last year, down to $28,495. However, this price drop is a little misleading: Chevrolet added the 3LT trim to this year’s Camaro, which takes the frameless electrochromic ISRV mirror and Bose premium audio system that used to come standard on the 2018 2LT. However, the 2LT now gets a limited slip differential as standard, so there’s that.
The new 3LT starts at $31,995, which is $500 more than last year’s 2LT, but gets the aforementioned fancy rearview mirror and 9-speaker audio system. The 3LT also comes standard with the big 3.6-L V6 which puts down 335 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque. That’s a huge deal compared to anything you could’ve gotten last year.
The other big news is the 1LE Performance Package now being available on the lower-end trims, starting at the 1LT. This adds a bunch of great handling features like adaptive magnetic suspension and Brembo brakes that really turn the Camaro from muscle car to entry-level track-day star.
The 1SS, 2SS, and top-of-the-line ZL1 are all the same prices as last year, which is really a tiny price drop when you consider inflation. All now come standard with Chevrolet’s new Infotainment 3 Plus system which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Dealers should have these Camaros in stock any day now, so now’s the time to buy!