Following last month’s leaked key fob of an unknown Cadillac model, we can now show you the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8’s key.
The photos and sketches come from an FCC application from German company Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst, a maker of car locking systems. The key fob has an identical shape and layout with the leaked Cadillac key, which might lead some to believe GM is bringing not just one but two mid-engine sports cars to the market.
An intriguing prospect, indeed, but one that is pure speculation for now. It could be that Cadillac will use a similar key for a future model that won’t necessarily feature a mid-ship layout.
Back to the Chevrolet key. It features a new Corvette crossed-flags logo on the opposite side to the one with the buttons as well as a GM logo directly stamped on the internal circuit board. Maybe the most important thing about the FCC application is the fact that it confirms the mid-engined Corvette will launch as a 2020 model. The description in one of the test reports states that the item is a “GM MY2020 B1 KEYFOB.”
That means we’ll definitely see the Corvette C8 sometime next year, probably sooner rather than later; a world debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show looks likely. The diagrams also appear to confirm that the new mid-engine Corvette will be a global model.
That’s because the fob displays markings for regulatory agencies in Europe, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan in addition to those for the United States and Canada. Since Japan is included in the list, does this mean the Corvette C8 will be available as a right-hand-drive car? We’ll have to wait and see.