Walking into a Chevy dealership to take delivery of your brand new Camaro must be accompanied by a lot of thoughts these days. That’s because the fate of the muscle badge is still hanging in the air, with GM steering clear of any comments or even hints on the matter for a few years now. Of course, one of the possibilities, which may be linked to a 2020 Chevrolet teaser, involves the Camaro going all-electric and adopting a sedan body.
The official teaser that got the rumors started, which can be found in the image gallery below, portrays a battery-powered model that seems to sport a Camaro-like silhouette, albeit with a roof line that appears closer to that of a saloon.
With that in mind, the independent rendering sitting before us paints a more thorough change for the iconic Chevrolet nameplate. For this effort, digital artist Kleber Silva (aka KDesign AG) borrowed elements from battery-electric vehicles Chevy has already presented, namely the Equinox EV and Blazer EV crossovers.
Plus, in its path to the supposed EV transformation, the Camaro is pushed upmarket. Admittedly, the more luxurious air is owed to the donor car used for the 2D work, namely the Bentley Flying Spur.
That sort of Bentley-like positioning would be more suitable for a Cadillac, which has recently showcased the Celestiq, a flagship sedan set to debut as a 2025 model. Mind you, while the range-topping Caddy will become a six-figure offering (unofficial sources mention a $300,000 price), a Camaro electric sedan would naturally be a more affordable proposal.
More recent reports talk about Chevy’s potential electric sedan wearing the Corvette badge
More recent reports close the EV sedan door for the Camaro, giving this slot to the Corvette instead. With the standard C8 and the Z06 already in production, an electrified ‘Vette (most likely a hybrid named E-Ray) is coming in 2023.
However, while talking to CNBC in April, GM President Mark Reuss stated that an all-electric Corvette is also in the works.
“In addition to the amazing new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and other gas-powered variants coming, we will offer an electrified and a fully electric, Ultium-based Corvette [GM’s modular EV platform] in the future. In fact, we will offer an electrified Corvette as early as next year. Details and names to come at a later date,” the executive stated.
Now, while previous rumors talked about the current C8 morphing into an EV after the confirmed electrified version enters production, the Y2 architecture of the current car might not provide a feasible base for such a transformation.
Instead, Muscle Cars & Trucks thinks that the Corvette EV is reserved for the next iteration, the C9. In addition, MCT believes that the unofficial chat about GM turning the Corvette into a whole range of models is set to materialize.
“Here’s what we understand to be happening: GM is indeed making an electric performance sedan, but it’s with a Corvette badge, and it will be in showrooms by mid-decade,” the outlet states, albeit without citing any source for the info.
And with the Corvette having traditionally targeted Porsche sportscars, the supposed ‘Vette EV sedan would go after the Taycan—at this level, the architecture of the said Celestiq could be used.
In addition, the report talks about a Corvette SUV arriving after the sedan, which would leave little room for the Camaro badge to live on in the EV era.
The said E-Ray hybrid should deliver the first production AWD Corvette, with an expected combined output of 650 hp and a limited all-electric range. Rumors also talk about a range-topping Zora with 1,000 hp on tap. However, as stated, if this does become an actual car, it remains to be seen whether electrification plays a part in its development.
Returning to the Camaro, we’ll remind you that the dark period between 2003 and 2008 marked the only absence the nameplate has experienced since first landing in showrooms back in 1967. As such, we expect GM to capitalize on the cult following of the label.
However, if the Camaro does survive, an all-electric future like that of Dodge muscle cars seems more likely than the ICE (internal combustion engine) continuity Ford is assuring for the seventh-generation Mustang arriving as a 2024 model.