Chevrolet To Introduce New Camaro-Based Car At Chicago Auto Show, New Caprice Almost Certain

Chevrolet To Introduce New Camaro-Based Car At Chicago Auto Show, New Caprice Almost Certain

During our drive of the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, we chatted with one engineer about GM’s Zeta platform, which underpins rear-drive full size cars. Among remarking how much we adored the Pontiac G8 sedan and how we longed for a revival of the car, the engineer broke into a broad grin and said “well, these things have a way of happening.”

Cut to Saturday, where GM’s Mark Reuss announced the debut of a vehicle based on the Camaro platform at the Chicago Auto Show. The only other car built on the platform is the Holden Commodore, which formerly underpinned the G8 and is the basis for the Chevrolet Caprice PPV, a model only sold to law enforcement agencies for police duty.

In recent weeks, photos of the Caprice have emerged that show it looking very ready for civilian duty (seen above). Gone are the steel wheels, push bars and flashing lights, and to the untrained eye, the car could be any other full-size American sedan.

There’s a strong chance the car will be a new variant of the Caprice, although a high-performance Camaro Z28 is also rumored to bow in Chicago. With Chrysler’s new 300 sedan (and Dodge’s Charger) being the only rear drive full size car on the market (and receiving rave reviews), Chevrolet will certainly want to capitalize on this and smash the 300’s monopoly. The only question is whether the vehicle will be the long-wheelbase police version (based on the Holden Statesman) or the standard length Commodore based car that was previously given to Pontiac as the G8. Engine choices will likely be the familiar 3.6L V6 making 300 horsepower or more, and a small-block V8 of indeterminate output.

[Source: Detroit News]

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  • APS221

    Nope. The new Camaro-based car is… a Camaro ZL1.

  • Joe

    GM isn’t smart enough to make a civvie version of this car as a Caprice and have a true flagship to sell alongside the old FWD Impala. If only!

  • Steven

    This car appears to be the Australian Holden Caprice, which is actually the larger sibling to the Holden Commodore aka Pontiac G8. Nonetheless, welcome the larger rear-drive V-8 again!

  • Arlan

    Pricing is the key. If the next Chevrolet Caprice comes out it should be slightly more expensive than the base Camaro hopefully no more than $25,000 which should be in competition with the new Dodge Charger. Still I am not sure which would win based on how much more they can improve the styling toward the old Pontiac G8 but not make it that expensive.

  • StalePhish

    The State of New Hampshire was quoted at $23,998 for both the marked and unmarked versions