A possible revival of the much-loved Chevy Chevelle has been speculated about for quite some time. For those who are not familiar with the story, the last Chevelle went on sale back in 1977. Now, the company has recently presented a concept model that hints at the upcoming production version. Namely, the American automaker revealed the Chevelle Slammer concept a couple of months ago at SEMA. According to some reports, the production-ready model could go on sale sometime in the second half of 2017. In any case, expect the 2018 Chevy Chevelle to offer a perfect combo of retro-styled sheet metal and modern performance.
Design and Features
The original Chevelle was one of the most impressive muscle cars back in the day. So, the company didn’t even try to make any radical departure from its classic shape with the concept’s design. The aforementioned Chevelle Concept features recognizable proportions as well as a slew of traditional styling cues. However, it’s still not clear whether the resurrected Chevelle will borrow most of the concept’s features. We expect the 2018 Chevy Chevelle to retain some of the recognizable details while adopting a more contemporary sheet metal. It is also likely to feature a distinctive front fascia that will give it an even more muscular stance.
Inside, expect the company’s designers to fill the car with upscale materials such as leather and brushed aluminum. The future Chevelle could also borrow a number of features from the new Camaro such as front seats and custom gauges. Of course, the brand new model will receive Chevy’s latest infotainment and safety systems.
2018 Chevy Chevelle Engine Specs
The 2018 Chevy Chevelle will be even more spectacular once you take a look under its hood. Chevrolet used the recently revealed concept to show off its latest crate engine. The unit itself is actually based on the LT1 engine that powers the new Corvette Stingray and Camaro SS. Thanks to reworked camshafts and heads, the engine will generate even more power inside the new Chevelle. Codenamed the LT376, the V8 will churn out 535 horses, which is 75 more than what the LT1 makes. The upcoming Chevelle will also use a four-speed automatic transmission that should convey up to 650 pound-feet of torque.
To the delight of muscle car enthusiasts, the Chevelle’s comeback seems to be closer than ever. However, the 2018 Chevy Chevelle won’t be the only iconic nameplate to make its comeback in the near future. The 2018 Ford Bronco will be among those much-revered cars to hit the market very soon.