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Rumor Report: Mid-Engine Corvette Might Not Debut Until Detroit 2019

If you are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the long-rumored mid-engine Corvette, you might be waiting almost a year, as a variety of unnamed sources are claiming that the next generation Chevrolet supercar won’t debut until the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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During the summer of 2017, a rumor surfaced stating that the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette would make its grand debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. As we all know, no new Corvette debuted in Detroit, leaving many people wondering when the mid-engine Chevy supercar will make its grand debut.

Some people believe that the next generation Corvette will debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, others expect that it will debut in April in New York City and a few believe that it will debut in Detroit – next year. There is no form of official information to support any of these rumors. In fact, no GM statement or exec has said anything to suggest that the mid-engine Corvette is even underway, but based on what we have heard, we can make a few guesses as to when the next great American sports car will debut.

The Geneva Motor Show
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March will feature the biggest spread of supercars of any major auto show anywhere in the world. Right now, General Motors is not scheduled to display anything from Chevrolet, but some people believe that the mid-engine Corvette will drop in Switzerland to introduce the new American supercar amidst the world’s greatest supercars.

GM has used the Geneva show to showcase new Corvettes in the past, but would the company really introduce their next – and likely greatest – supercar outside of the USA? I don’t think so.

The New York International Auto Show
Next up we have the New York International Auto Show in April. NYC has become a hotbed of high performance debuts, including the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat back in 2014 and the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in 2017. It seems possible that the Big Apple could serve as the host of the mid-engine Corvette with so many deep-pocketed socialites visiting the NYC show.

More importantly, the New York show is the final major American auto show until Los Angeles in November, so if the mid-engine Corvette is going to arrive during the 2018 calendar year, it would almost have to debut in New York (if not sooner).

The Los Angeles Show
No one has really talked about the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, but like New York, LA often hosts high priced, high performance debuts. The mid-engine Corvette would certainly draw some attention in LA, but that seems like a terribly late debut for a car that many people expect to arrive for the 2019 model year.

It seems likely that if GM is going to wait until the 2019 calendar year to roll out the mid-engine Corvette, the company likely won’t bother taking the car to LA – especially with the latest inside information.

A 2019 Detroit Debut
The most unsavory rumor circulating around the mid-engine Corvette is that it will not debut until the Detroit Auto Show next January. That is unsavory because no one wants to be waiting that long to see the long-rumored mid-engine Corvette, but a few different sources citing unnamed insiders claim that it will not arrive until NAIAS 2019.

If that proves to be true, the mid-engine Corvette would likely not hit dealerships until later that year. IN other words, we could be a year away from the new Chevy supercar hitting the street. We are sure that it will be incredible whenever it arrives, but let's hope that we see it sooner than later.

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Josh (not verified)    January 30, 2018 - 4:35PM

If Corvette were smart, they would give a preview at LeMans and state its intent to beat the Ford GT at their own game.

Adam (not verified)    January 30, 2018 - 5:01PM

Still say it won’t debut at all, this car has been talked about for over 3 years now and still no car. GM will probably say it’s a concept when it finally shows face.

Mark (not verified)    January 30, 2018 - 7:17PM

I would be rather dumb to bring out the mid-engine Corvette when they are displaying and producing the ZR1. Why steal the thunder?