It's time to completely rethink the muscle car.
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is still with us despite troubling low sales numbers. It remains far behind its two muscle car rivals, the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger and, chances are, things are going to stay that way for the foreseeable future. A while back we reported the current Camaro will stick around through at least 2024. Another freshening is likely before then. After that? Well, this is where things are becoming more interesting.
GM previously hinted during a presentation that an all-electric Camaro could be in the works. But, nothing was mentioned about the body style. Automotive News has reason to believe, following a broader analysis of GM's future EVs, that instead of a seventh-generation Camaro coupe and convertible, its longtime muscle car could be replaced by an EV sedan.
This isn't without some precedent as Dodge has already confirmed an all-electric muscle car is coming for 2024. Will it be a coupe or sedan? We honestly don't know, only that Dodge stated it wants to "reinvent the muscle car." Chevy apparently wants to do the same in its own way.
GM didn't directly comment on the report, which also confirmed Chevy's current and only two EVs, the Bolt and Bolt EUV, will be retired after 2023 and 2024, respectively. The Cadillac Lyriq, Optiq, and Symboliq will serve as successors to the Cadillac XT4, XT5, and XT6 sometime after 2025. Meanwhile, the Chevy Spark, Trax, and Buick Encore are all on the chopping block.
So is the Chevy Malibu, which brings us back to the EV muscle car sedan possibility. Without the Malibu, there'd be an opening in the brand's lineup but not for a midsize family sedan. But it would have to be something far more exciting with attitude, technology, and high performance. Such a vehicle would place Chevy in a stronger position against Dodge and Ford. The Mustang has already been electrified via the Mach-E, and chances are the coupe and convertible are next.
Chevy knows it's probably lost too much ground to Ford in the Camaro vs. Mustang department. Opting for an entirely different approach could pay off big time.