No 6th Gen Camaro in Detroit - So What’s Next?
It has been widely believed but never confirmed that the 6th generation of the Chevrolet Camaro would arrive for the 2016 model year. Should that be the case, the 2016 Camaro would likely begin reaching consumers later this year and that was a big part of why many internet rumor-spreaders believed that the next gen Camaro would debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. That obviously didn’t happen, as the only big debuts for Chevy in the Motor City are the next gen Volt and the Bolt Concept.
This absence of a new Camaro has left many performance car fans wondering when we might finally meet the next chapter in the book of General Motors muscle.
Provided that the 6th generation Chevrolet Camaro is going to be a 2016 model year vehicle, the most likely locations for a big debut would be either the Chicago Auto Show or the New York Auto Show. Chicago seems unlikely, since that show is scheduled to open in a couple weeks and so far, there has not been any mention of a new Camaro debut whatsoever. Also, with the growing trend of introducing new performance cars in the Big Apple, the New York City show in early April seems like the much more likely pick.
Of course, there is the possibility that the next generation Chevrolet Camaro will follow in the footsteps of the 2015 Ford Mustang and make the push to be a global performance car and if that is the case, GM could use the Camaro for a European debut – but I have a hard time believing that they wouldn’t introduce the next generation of one of the great American muscle cars in the good ol’ US-of-A. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if GM introduced the 6th gen Camaro Convertible outside of North America sometime after the coupe has been rolled out on home soil.
Finally, there is a chance that GM could follow Ford’s lead and introduce the 2016 Camaro away from an auto show – just like what Ford did with the 2015 Mustang with the December 5th global debut.
2017 Model Year Changes Things
When we have been discussing and debating the 6th generation Chevrolet Camaro over the past two years or so, the common conception has been that the next gen will arrive for the 2016 model year. However, if the Camaro ended up launching for the 2017 model year, the next gen muscle car could debut as late as the 2015 LA Auto Show or – while it is hard to believe – next year at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
If you ask any Camaro fan, the time has come for a new generation Chevy performance car, but the fact that the Camaro outsold the Mustang for the 5th straight year shows very clearly that the current model is still selling very well. Hopefully those strong sales don’t keep us waiting for the 6th gen Camaro for much longer.