Chevy Expands Camaro Lineup with Cheaper, Manual-Only Base Trim

Chevy Expands Camaro Lineup with Cheaper, Manual-Only Base Trim

With the Camaro finally outselling the Mustang last month for the first time since both muscle cars received redesigns, Chevy is looking to keep the metal moving by adding a new manual-only 1LS trim to the 2017 Camaro’s lineup.

According to the Camaro’s ordering guide, the 1LS will start at $26,900 in the U.S. for coupes and $32,900 for the convertible. The base engine remains the 2.0-liter turbo four with 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, while the high-revving V6 will once again be on tap for an extra $1,495.

With the addition of the exclusively row-it-yourself trim, 1LT Camaros will become an all automatic affair, and sport a new starting price of $27,595 for the coupe and $33,595 for the convertible.

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What Chevy has essentially done is lower the entry price of a base Camaro by $400 even though the 2017 1LS is exactly the same car as the 2016 Camaro 1LT equipped with a six-speed manual. In addition, the 1LT automatic sees its price slashed by $1,200, and cars equipped with a 2.0T – either manual or automatic – now have a lower MSRP than the EcoBoost Mustang.

The move comes hot on the heels of Chevy offering $2,000 in conquest cash to current Mustang owners. Ford responded with a $2,000 loyalty offer pitched to 2013 and 2014 Mustang lessees. Even so, the Mustang saw its sales drop off some 32-percent year over year, prompting Ford to idle its Flat Rock assembly plant temporarily.

This story originally appeared on GM Inside News