Will Chevrolet Make the 2018 Chevy Chevelle?

The Chevrolet Chevelle was a mid-sized auto that was produced between 1964 – 1978, it was originally intended to compete against the Ford Fairlane and Plymouth Belvedere, and it sold well, like, really well.

Even today, the Chevelle is still known and loved by an army of classic muscle fans, and it seems that every manufacturer is trying to capture some of the spirit from yesteryear and introduce retro designs with classic names; Charger, Challenger, Mustang… they’re all at it.

So how do we know that Chevy are bringing back the Chevelle?

First up, let’s look at what is being said … The rumors say that Chevrolet will debut “a retro styled, compact-ish car” this year at one of the larger international auto shows, no one actually knows if this will be a new Chevelle, or something completely different, however, we also know that Chevrolet filed for a trademark for the Chevelle name back in 2013, the trademark was for ‘exterior badges for vehicles’.

That’s a pretty big clue right there.

The 2018 Chevrolet Chevelle – All-new and Coming Soon?

Contents

1. All-new and Coming Soon?
2. Power Options
3. Old Style, New Tech
4. A Concept or Reality

So what are we likely to get? Given that the Chevelle name/brand has some significance, we do think that Chevrolet will bring it back with a retro styled car. However, all the rumors regarding the 2018 Chevelle point to Chevy releasing a concept for 2018, nothing has been said regarding production or timing schedules, so we may not get to see a new Chevelle for a while yet.

Typically, the development of a new model takes years, and even when they have a pre-production prototype, it can still take a while to get to production thanks to testing, further development and ironing out the crinkles – we haven’t even seen a concept, never mind a pre-production model.

Well, we say we haven’t seen a concept, but Chevy did show something all the way back in 2003 that some people are saying could be the basis for the new Chevelle, but with technology moving on so fast, it’s doubtful that the concept car shown then would have much relevance to today’s market.

Power Options

Assuming that Chevrolet will indeed bring back the Chevelle, what sort of specification will we see? First up, it has to be a muscle car. With this in mind, we should start thinking about powertrain options – what sort of motor will be fitted?

Some websites are claiming that it’s going to have a 6.0 liter 450+ BHP V8 fitted, but we think that’s a little wide of the mark – why would Chevy fit a fuel-hungry, lumpy V8 when they could get the same sort of power levels from a modern V6? Which would return better gas-mileage and be a whole world of smooooth power.

And with legislation the way it is, manufacturers are being ‘persuaded’ to lower their overall global emissions across the range of vehicles, so Chevy will need to keep an eye on that. We think that it’s probable that a base Chevelle will have something small, something like 2.0 liter turbo engine with around 240 BHP – enough to make it fun, but not serious levels of horsepower. There will be an option to upgrade to, something around the 3.5 liter size, 300+ BHP and 340 lb/ft of torque. It’s doubtful that Chevrolet will introduce anything much bigger or with more cylinders than that, even for a fully-loaded flagship model.

All motors will be coupled up to an 8-speed automatic transmission, driving the rear wheels.

Old Style, New Tech

As for the styling, yes it’s going to be retro, but of course it isn’t going to be old, or outdated. Muscular and aggressive are words often found associated with a car, but for us, they only really work when we’re talking about muscle style cars – fat tires, wide arches, low-stance and wide.

Expect to see aerodynamic style and aids – deep front splitter, rear diffuser, vents … everything to help the Chevelle handle whatever it is that you’re going to throw at it. It won’t be a racer, but it’s going to be firm and well set-up. At the end of the day, it’s going to be a road car, it needs to have some refinement, it doesn’t want to be harsh – don’t forget that many of the buyers of these sorts of vehicles are of the generation that owned an original, meaning that they’re what you’d call ‘vintage’ – they don’t want their dentures falling out at every ripple in the road.

A Concept or Reality?

As we’ve already said, we haven’t seen anything for the new Chevelle; no concept or pre-production model, so we don’t expect to see anything production-wise for a long time yet. The rumors suggest that Chevrolet will be releasing a concept for 2018.

This means that the 2018 Chevrolet Chevelle will literally just be an idea, something to give the public a little teaser as to what Chevy might be doing.

As for pricing, we’d reckon that the base model (when Chevy do put it into production) will hit the forecourts with a pricetag around the $35,000 mark – don’t forget that it could still be a couple of years away until that point though. A fully-loaded flagship will be in the region of $50,000, but if you’re serious, look for special launch prices to get the market moving.

2017-04-28 by Luke Widmeyer