The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro has arrived in the Philippines. Top Gear reports that the pony car was revealed at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show last week, with a slight catch.
The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro will only be offered with the turbo-charged 2.0L I4 LTG engine. We assume that the 6.2L LT1 V8-powered Camaro SS isn’t offered because Chevrolet doesn’t want it to compete with the C7 Corvette, which launched in the country last year.
That leaves the Camaro Turbo about $3,800 cheaper than a Ford Mustang GT with the 5.0-liter V8 engine in the country. However, Ford also sells the 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo “EcoBoost” model in the Philippines.
Comparing both turbocharged pony cars, the Camaro Turbo is nearly $9,000 more expensive locally than the Mustang. Yet, buyers will receive a very healthy pack of standard equipment.
The Camaro Turbo will come in 3LT RS trimmings, which represents the range-topping trim level of the LT Camaro. The Camaro Turbo makes 275 horsepower mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It also features a spoiler, 20-inch wheels, the latest Chevrolet infotainment system (née MyLink) with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.
It’s unclear whether GM has plans to launch the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro with the 3.6L V6 LGX engine locally, but it appears the V8-powered SS models is off limits for now, as the V8 sports car space is reserved for the Corvette in the Philippines, at least for the time being.