Could it be true?
Could the fastest bed in the West be making a comeback to the coveted Chevy lineup?
The rumor mill says yes, but there is no confirmation just yet.
For anyone that cruised the open roads in the original El Camino while blaring Low Rider through the t-tops, the idea of this car making a comeback is wildly exciting. GM has been toying with the idea of re-introducing a new El Camino to showrooms across the nation. However, there isn’t enough leaked information to prove this theory.
If GM gives production the green light for a new El Camino, this version would most likely be based off the Camaro body frame with a big, tough engine.
Here’s a look at the rumors of Chevy’s re-emerging El Camino.
A Blast from the Past
Chevy and Ford have quite the painted past of rivalry.
Both wanted to be the face of the American car. Both wanted the toughest trucks. Both wanted the fastest cars.
The idea of a car equipped with a truckbed in the late 50’s had some quality potential for car buyers. So, it’s no surprise that the design of the El Camino was born from a friendly rivalry with the Ford Ranchero.
Here’s how the idea of the Chevy El Camino may be revived.
If this old car gets a new run in the 21st century, you can guarantee it will have a design that marries sentimentality with sleek design.
Simply being called the Camino SS, the frame has been said to be based off the Camaro SS body style. Sleek lines, innovative contours, and a slick set of wheels will inevitably round out the design.
Since there is no current prototype, there are a number of internet mock-ups of this mysterious re-boot of a classic car. Some think the potential remake would resemble the Chevy Montana that is a huge success in Latin America.
Others, though, are convinced the new El Camino will be a muscle car remake of the original.
GM can’t bring back a family sedan version of the El Camino. That’s not the right demographic.
This car witnessed its glory days during the late ’60s when it got a much-needed overhaul. With an impressive 450 horsepower, the ’68 El Camino definitely became a muscle-car contender.
A new version of the Camaro-truck hybrid would probably host an impressive engine to pay homage to the ’68 model. The 2020 Camino SS is rumored to include a 500 to 550 horsepower engine with a 3.5 second 0-60 time.
Although the 550 horsepower would be a bit shy of the Camaro’s max 650 horsepower capability, the Camino SS would still be a bit too much car for the average family. Any new El Camino build-out would rival its best ’60’s or ’70’s predecessor to drive sales.
Loads of Upgrades
Innovation wouldn’t be lost on the new Camino SS.
As with any Chevy vehicle, loads of upgrades and impressive technology would be standard. Based on the Camaro SS, a potential Camino SS interior would offer heated leather seats, power controls, heated steering wheel, and a large touch screen entertainment package.
Furthermore, the new 2020 Camino SS would likely include the Magnetic Ride Control feature, Custom Launch Control, a 10-speed paddle-shift transmission, and a potential availability of the Performance Data Recorder (PDR).
And, of course, the option for XM radio subscription and OnStar would be standard available options to round out the perfect Camino SS prototype.
One of Chevy’s newest approaches to driver safety is the Teen Driver Technology option. If the Camino SS becomes a hit with the younger generation of drivers, this could be a warm welcome for parent car buyers. A 550 horsepower engine is a lot of pick-up-and-go for a young driver. Allowing parents to control speed via Chevy MyLink will be an awesome option on a potential 2020 Camino SS.
What Does the Internet Say?
Many car aficionados are speculating around the rumors involving a new El Camino in 2020.
However, even though there are a number of 2020 Camino SS fanmade mock-ups and prototype models available online, there is no confirmed decision to actually build the iconic car. Many believe the car rebuild is a total hoax.
Since 2012, websites and blogs have been musing about the rebirth of the Chevy El Camino. Allegedly there should have been a model built in 2014, another one in 2016, and now there are all kinds of information swirling about a 2020 model build.
With all of these speculations and rumors, though, sales of 1964-1967 El Caminos have been steadily rising. Lovers of the original El Camino have been buying the classic car for upwards of $20,000.
There seems to be one, solid pattern – the El Camino is making a comeback and people want to see a new model in 2020.
The New El Camino – Fact or Fiction?
The El Camino had a wavering appeal to car buyers from the late 50’s to the mid-’70s.
It wasn’t a car with a notable wow factor, and sales declined so much that the car was no longer manufactured. Flash-forward to the 21st century, and there seems to be perpetual rumors about the re-emergence of this fledgling classic.
The El Camino has become the car industry’s version of Bigfoot. No one knows if the rumors are real. There are dozens of internet prototype renditions, drawings, and models, but there is no sound proof of its possible existence in the new car lineup for 2020.
For now, the best way to keep track of this mythical rebuild of a classic car is to stay up-to-date with your local Chevy dealer. One day, maybe the sightings will be real. Maybe a new model of the Camino SS will drive freely on the open road.
Until then, take a look at all of the other 2020 Chevy vehicles, like the mid-engine Corvette, hitting the showroom in a few short months.
Interested in a new car or truck? Call Huber Chevy at (402) 206-2117, or stop by the dealership, to see which Chevy model can hold you over until the new El Camino decides to make a debut.