2019 Camaro Poll: Do You Prefer The Facelift Or The Old One?

On Monday, Chevrolet revealed a mid-cycle facelift for the Camaro, nearly three years after we were first introduced to the all-new sixth generation model of the sports car back in May of 2015.

For some, the release date was a bit of a surprise, as GM could have launched the car in New York a couple of weeks ago, but we gather that’s another sign of our times, as carmakers are paying less and less attention to motor shows these days.

Read: Chevrolet facelifts the 2019 Cruze, the 2019 Spark and the 2019 Malibu sedan

If you missed our presentation of the refreshed Camaro, you can check it out here. To recap, some of the technical and equipment highlights include the expanded availability of the popular 1LE track package and 10-speed automatic transmission, along with an upgraded infotainment system with a standard 7-inch color touchscreen.

That’s not the only thing that the Camaro brings for the 2019 model year, as Chevy also touched up on the car’s styling. In this piece, we’ve compiled a photo gallery showing the differences over the outgoing 2018MY car in both coupe and convertible forms.

Front: Lights, Grille, Action!

The first thing that pops to mind upon seeing the 2019 Camaro is Bumblebee from the more recent Transformers films. For some, that might not be a good thing…

‘Bumblebee’ Camaro from Transformers 5 movie

But seriously, the most obvious change on the front end of the refreshed Camaro is the more proportioned grilles, especially on the base models, with the upper opening growing in height and the lower getting suppressed. While the SS trim continues the split-grille theme, the new black separator looks like it’ll be one of the most controversial parts of the refresh.


The shape of the headlamps has evolved with an LED strip now flowing into the grille. Furthermore, the bumper is more heavily sculpted, while the SS gains a functional heat exchanger on the bonnet and there’s an optional “flowtie” open bowtie emblem.

Rear: Dual Element LED Taillights

Out back, the new sculpted bumper better matches the car’s profile lines, while it also includes a reshaped opening for the license plate and a smoother diffuser that is unique to each trim. However, it’s the redesigned taillights that will allow most to recognize the 2019MY.

If we had to sum up our thoughts on the new dual-element LED tail lamps that get red lenses in base and dark-tinted, neutral-density lenses in RS, SS and ZL1 trims, in a few words, we’d say they give a slightly aftermarket aura. Of course, we need more time to digest their styling, so the final jury is still out on this one.

Anything Else I Need To Know?

Chevy has designed a new set of 20-inch wheels for the RS and SS trims. While the General decided to hold back on details and images of the interior, the company did reveal that all models will get a new infotainment with a standard 7-inch and optional 8-inch touchscreen. All changes apply to both body styles.


Having seen all these photos, what do you think? Cast your vote below.

  • C172fccc

    I prefer the old one, but I think the RS won’t take too long to grow on me. The SS however…

    • LWOAP

      Same here.

    • donald seymour

      Yep.

    • Six_Tymes

      I agree.

    • flybyKnight41

      COMpletely.

  • brn

    If the panel that the bowtie sits on is black, I hate the new one. If it’s the same color as the rest of the car, I prefer the new one.

    • Matt

      Or simply – is the Chevy badge high or low.

  • CBV2020

    I predict the rental companies wont mind, nor will the clientele. My opinion doesn’t matter as I won’t be allocating any dollars of my budget program toward the Camaro enterprise.

  • LWOAP

    I prefer the old one. The face lifted model just looks bad by comparison. It’s almost as if they decided to just use Bumblebee’s design from Transformers and change a few things before rolling it out the door.

  • MarketAndChurch

    The new red RS camaro is pretty hot. The old convertible is too. I personally can’t choose, some of the old ones look a bit dry, and some of the new ones, like the SS, look incomplete or unfinished.

  • Nordschleife

    The new one is to bayformers which in my opinion was ugly then. This is another example of a refresh not really lining up with the original car. I am actually rather bothered that Chevy took inspiration from this movie Camaro than providing a fresh take. It makes this car look dated and frankly undesirable. 👎🏾 For me Chevy. Plus on the forums, people who work at Chevy hate it.

    • DeCode

      Chevy actually designed the one for the movie as well. If you pat attention in the movies and behind the scenes Chevy used the movies to preview the 5th Gen Camaro, then it’s face lifts, and now the 6th gen. When I saw “Bumblebee” in the last 3 movies, I was like “please don’t let that be whats coming for the actual car”…unfortunately…

      • Nordschleife

        Well that’s a shame on Chevy then.

  • Old one for sure. If it was a brand new car, ok change must happen. Tail lights I’m ok, didn’t like went Chevy went twin lights to one (around the time the C7 came out… coincidence you say?)

  • john1168

    The front looks terrible! The rest of it looks good. It didn’t need the same look as the pick up truck on the front.

    • Hahaha, the Logo in the bumper is awful, it’s too low.

    • CarCzarDesigner

      So, I wasn’t the only one who thought a little bit of Silverado styling made it into this.

  • DadzBoyz

    The new is nice and fine except for the SS. The bowtie on the black bar of the split (horizontally) grill…. TERRIBLE.

  • MonkeyRider

    2018 Mustang F/L and 2019 Camaro F/L both look worse than before.

    • Autoexperte

      Hopefully the Dodge Challenger isn´t next

      • LWOAP

        That is if there any plans for the brand moving forward. It’s been on the back burner for awhile now. I thought it was going to get replaced but I guess not.

  • Honda NSX-R

    It’ll take some time to get used to that front end of the new Camaro SS…

    • LWOAP

      I saw your son hanging out with the Nissan GT-R again. Apparently, the GT-R is putting ideas into his head. You should talk to him about that.

      • Honda NSX-R

        What kind of ideas? Does it have to do with the Camaro?

        • LWOAP

          Apparently something to do with adding two extra electric motors.

  • Commonsenseonthefield

    Am I the only one that got a Nissan Maxima vibe from the new one?

  • C172fccc

    I think that the RS would have looked better without the LED going that far into the grill.

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    • Fabián Montiel

      This looks better.

    • eb110americana

      It’s hard to tell how far the top of the grille overhangs, but I suspect that from most eye levels, you won’t see those parts due to the obstructed view. But yeah, they were unresolved and unnecessary.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Yes.

    • Nordschleife

      Then it would be too much like Bumblebee. They can’t have that or Bay may sue. Lol.

    • Six_Tymes

      although, like this it kind of looks like shy eyes. or like its sad. i think it needs the leds

  • Hot Twink

    The older one, obviously. The SS version looks like it has mandibles from a grasshopper’s mouth.

  • THE LAST GEN WAS A HUGE IMPROVEMENT OVER IT’S PREDECESSOR.
    THE NEW ONE LOOKS LIKE A KNOCK OFF FROM CHINA.

  • Bruce K

    I think the new one is SLIGHTLY better, since it tones down the gaping mouth. But they really need to fix the side windows — improve the shape & make them bigger so the car has some visibility out. Would also make it look a lot fresher.

  • X to the Z Xzibit

    The face lift is sooooooooo ugly. I can’t comprehend how ugly the facelift is. Probably one of the worst facelifts ever. It looks like it has no nose and the grill is there to make the empty space appear less empty. This is just horrendous and this has to be the ugliest Camaro ever.

  • Thomas Elkins

    Previous model was better.

  • Mikestroh

    the previous gen version…hands down.

  • CarCzarDesigner

    This is the case of beating a dead horse! Chevrolet needs go back to the drawing board and come up with a fresh direction. There are enough retro Camaro’s on the road now, not to mention the originals being restored at every turn. So common!

  • Six Thousand Times

    I like the bigger upper grille and the more defined bumper on the new car. Also, the ‘19’s taillights look more expensive.

  • eb110americana

    To be fair, with the exception of the one rear shot, all of the pre-fresh car pics above are of the V8 SS. Here is what the 2.0t and V6 models look like in base and RS convertible trims:

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    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b7c802fd2b022beef8b857c7d281fc33b8c1b8ffadb7c2abe7153f7dea708b4f.jpg

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/45688abfe005e6e33363fb924a56e6084466853d22502ec776c919c89aec9043.jpg

    Now, there is no base model of the refresh shown, and the RS package does change the grille inserts, so that one does remain to be seen, but I think that there is no question that the non-SS models are an improvement. I don’t care for the round taillights, as they don’t fit the angular, edgy look of the rest of the car. But the rear bumper is much less fussy, and the front end looks more upscale and I do like the angled up center of the upper grille.

    The SS model I am still getting used to. I think it’s improved, but they could have done a much better job than they did. Making the front end “all grille” is kind of lame cop out on actual good design–something brands from Audi to Toyota are doing these days. Still, I think the sinister look will work in person.

    Ultimately, I want to see the Camaro shoulder line drop significantly so that it actually looks like the sports car that it is. It should be low-slung, like the 2nd-4th gen Camaros (basically every Camaro except the first 3 years and the last 8). I know that won’t happen with a refresh, but they could have gone with less blocky front and rear ends. Fingers crossed for the 7th gen.

    • Nordschleife

      I still liked the RS package on the lower models but I do understand your point. I personally think the new face is just overdone. Again I didn’t care for it on Bumblebee so it doesn’t make me feel better that it’s design is not on all Camaro. If this car is still offered in yellow it is going to be some out there that’s going to by those autobot badges and go to town. To each their own but it’s still a no for me.

  • Dennis James

    Wow, how could they ruin it like that ??

  • Rob Banks

    The ‘old’ out going maro had a huge bottom feeder grill. Never liked that look. The resigned fascia for the 2019 model is defintely more akin to the original camero. Not a muscle car fan but always had a soft spot for the 69′ maro. My only dislike is with the headlights. They leave an awkward void just below where they level off. I think Chevy should have went…. I hate to say it…. full retro with circle head lights. That’s one thing the ugly challenger got right.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    why chevy always ruin facelifted camaros?

  • Pankaj Tayal

    Front is better in old car but rear is fantastic in the new model . But both are very good looking cars . Can’t choose particular one. As far as exterior is consern.

  • john1168

    I don’t understand how anyone in GM thought this front end looked good. It’s seriously hideous! This just may be the worst looking front end on a vehicle that GM has ever come out with.

  • Max Polding

    It’s so ugly I vomited in my mouth! 😥

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Can we get a neither option? This poor car and it’s designers have an identity crisis.

  • Shahul Usman

    like the old rear end, new front end (minus the bowtie location in some pics? SS, vs RS vs 1le?)… but I’ll give the nod to new because its new.. but really a flip of the coin.. also new has the 1LE package on a 4cyl turbo, which is cool…although most will think a 4cyl camaro is crazy talk

  • outbackandy

    2019 is much better….

  • DMax

    TBH the RS is growing on me slowly. I think it’s quite good. But the SS is just… I can’t, no matter how long I look at it, it’s just wrong. Chevy said all grilles are functional, so this may present a problem swapping an RS bumper onto the SS, but I hope it will be doable.

  • Emoto

    Wow. This refresh is a mess. The 2016-18 design is far more coherent. What a waste of time and money this refresh was. The Camaro will continue to sell fewer cars than the Mustang. Even the very dated Challenger will continue to out-sell the Camaro.

  • botornot387

    This refresh is a step in the wrong direction, for a car that continues moving in the right direction. I would take the mustang over this because every time i would walk out to my car if I owned this, I would wan to puke. There was an article about why the American car companies have seen a shift to people turning to their trucks and SUV’s, and peopel point to it being a general trend. I would have to say its because their trucks and SUV’s also look 10 times better. It’s like they hire the most awful designers for their sedans and scratch their heads why no one will buy. its because they look like CRAP!

  • SteersUright

    The really eff’d up here. The new headlights are cool, the tail lights are just ok. But, the new front fascia treatment is hideous.

  • Kyaw Sithu

    the front look more like dodge charger rather than camaro ss
    zzz

  • gshemant

    Your comments sum up my thoughts perfectly. It looks absolutely atrocious

  • Cameron

    Nice job, its back to being ugly again HAHA

  • latrell acquaye

    Olds better they can keep the tailights tho

  • Kagan

    Complete redo is needed, that goes for mustang too.

  • Mr. Crankypants

    You know that Chevy follows all these forums and must be shocked at the overwhelmingly negative response to the 2019 Camaro. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re already not in retooling what “soft” parts they can rework and push back the intro.
    I keep going back to the RS and SS photos thinking they will grow on me but it gets worse rather than better. It’s like they watched the cartoon movie “Cars” for inspiration.

  • nellydesign

    The rear is better, the front is decidedly not. In the end it’s a win for the old one.

  • flybyKnight41

    People’s eyes are drawn to the bowtie on the bumper. IT’S ON THE BUMPER. Move the bowtie to the top of the RIGHT(correct) grill and it would look better.

  • Liz Gloss

    Let’s face it. Neither version is very good looking. The best modern muscle car available today is the Challenger. Why? Styling, styling and styling….This is why FCA sales remain strong for a 10 year old model.

  • DJ

    The new rear with old front

  • Ben Lop

    The front end is totally ugly, hideous, atrocious, an end of times nightmare!!! Obviously there are blind people designing Chevy Camaros….

  • Trey Stormes

    Looks like it has a goofy grin. I prefer the older snarl

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