Chevrolet could replace the Camaro with an electric muscle sedan
Will Chevrolet be completely re-thinking the muscle car?
Despite troublingly low numbers of sales, the Chevrolet Camaro is very much still with us. It seems that the sentimental value of the muscle car is enough to keep the venerable Camaro on the production line, at least for now. Sentimentality doesn't always win out though and, if reports from Automotive News are to be believed, the Camaro could be replaced by an all-new electric muscle sedan!
General Motors has previously hinted that an all-electric Camaro could be in the works for the future. What General Motors missed out though that makes these reports about a new electric sedan seem plausible is that a body style for this future Camaro EV was never publicly announced. This is a tactic that GM's Stellantis rivals Dodge has also done, where the brand stated that it would be attempting to "reinvent the muscle car" but made no mention at all of body styles. Perhaps both brands will be taking a similar tactic and re-inventing the muscle car as saloons, wagons or even SUVs? It's all up in the air as of right now.
Automotive News's report also mentioned that Chevrolet's current EVs (the Bolt and Bolt EUV) will both be retired after 2023 and 2024 respectively. The Spark and Trax are on the chopping block too along with the Buick Encore, whilst Cadillac's upcoming Lyriq, Optiq and Symboliq SUVs will replace the current XT4, XT5 and XT6 at some point after 2025. Perhaps the platforms of the three new Cadillac models will also be used for their Buick and Chevrolet equivalents?
Perhaps more importantly though, the axing of the Chevrolet Malibu will leave an opening in the model lineup for a mid-sized sedan. This could provide Chevrolet with an opportunity create a completely new fun and exciting sedan that could utilise electric powertrains and an iconic brand name in the same way that Ford has done with its Mustang Mach-E SUV. If that's the way Chevrolet wants to go with the Camaro, it's a move that could certainly pay off well.
For now, it's already been reported that the current-generation Camaro will soldier on until 2024 at least. That'll give fans of the car as it currently is a good few more years to cash in on a brand new example before the big changes happen. As for whether the rumours about an electric Camaro sedan are true, however, we'll probably have to wait a bit longer before we find out about that.