I was going to post this a week ago but didn't have time. Now that the new Cruze has been shown, I had to bust this out real quick. It just makes sense.
Heck, even call it the Cruze Monte Carlo (long, but rolls nicely. And I bet many wouldn't even say the word Cruze when mentioning it)
What it should be: a 2 door version of the new Cruze. Cruze is the perfect car for it. Yes I know it's FWD but so were the last two generations. It needs to be FWD in order to separate it from the Camaro. The early 2000's Monte Carlo SS and Camaro base/RS models used the exact same engine. The difference, besides styling, was the Monte was offered with more luxury, and FWD. The Camaro was.. well a Camaro. Now that the new pony has all the luxury you could want, FWD vs RWD is really the only option. Plus, it'll help those of us in the north.
But why bother?
1)GM hasn't offered a cheap, fun to drive Coupe since the Cobalt. The vast majority of the one's I see on the road today are 2-Door, and many are SS's.
2) NASCAR. Chevrolet dominates, and needs a replacement for the SS which is ending production. Between the Camry, Fusion, and SS, the Chevy is the only one that is RWD on the track and in real life. So "using" a 4-door, FWD car wouldn't be an issue (I personally hate it) but it is what it is. Camaro is raced in the XFINITY series against Mustangs/Challangers/Camry's. Impala is too high end to use. Malibu? Maybe. Bring in a 2-Door Cruze with some factory performance upgrades, and you'll have the only thing close to "win on Sunday, sell on Monday". If you pull up to a track today, you'll see many foreign cars. One's that get good gas mileage. And quite a few of the Monte Carlo's. Give fans something with good gas mileage that's fun to drive and won't break the bank, they'll buy it. So will a younger audience outside of the NASCAR world.
Super sloppy chop. Going on vacation tomorrow but felt this needed an image. And it's 11PM https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...86&oe=56266C7F