2021 Chevy El Camino Is Not Coming Back

The Breaking Bad movie started another round of rumors about the El Camino. Once again, we are sure it is not happening. The 2021 Chevy El Camino is not coming back, since the company is turning to the new projects, mostly in the SUV class. Sporty trucks are not popular anymore, and even the SS model cannot draw enough buyers to extend the life of the nameplate.

It’s been more than thirty years since El Camino’s last appearance. The truck was successful. But the company discontinued it in 1987 because of the more versatile body-on-frame pickups that overtook the market. These car-based models, also called “coupe utility” vehicles, are in the past now. The only option to see the nameplate again is to become a totally new unit. The question is – where it can fit?

The truck class is complete. General Motors is offering Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in the mid-size segment, while the famous Silverado and Sierra are on duty in the half-ton class. The only vacant spot is in the compact tier. At this moment there are no such new trucks in the market. However, Ford is testing Courier, and the El Camino might be the competitor, bringing the rivalry between two truckmakers over to the new dimension.

1972 el camino
1970-1972 El Camino

2021 Chevy El Camino SS Concept, Render Images

There are several fan art pictures showing how they imagine the 2021 Chevy El Camino. Well, the impressions are split. A sporty coupe-utility with an aggressive appearance, based on the Camaro muscle car will draw attention. However, it is not going to be practical as standard pickup trucks, and it is not going to perform as the pony car.

The SuperSport badge is something that makes the nameplate special and one of the reasons why fans are picking Camaro as the starting point. The muscle car is the only one that offers the SS package at the moment. Next season the new Blazer SUV could go the same way. But, rumors are unconfirmed like those speaking of the 2021 Chevy El Camino.

There are more speculations about other comebacks within this company. Regarding trucks, that could be Cheyenne. Again, we can read rumors about the SS model. More realistic expectation, but still far away from the production is Chevy Reaper. This would be a model that will compete against the Ford Raptor.

2021 Chevy el camino concept
2021 Chevy El Camino concept


The only way for the 2021 Chevy El Camino is to land in the compact segment. Still, trucks are relying on their utility, and these small hauling machines cannot cope with crossovers and SUVs that offer much more. The appearance in any other section is not realistic since all the Chevrolet models are positioned well in the market. On the other hand, Ram 1500 overtook the #2 selling position in the full-size class. El Camino could be a shocking therapy for General Motors. Fans can read similar rumors about the return of the Ford Ranchero, while Dodge Ram could bring back Dakota, but as a classic mid-size pickup.

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