2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Cabin and Technology
Amy Plemons | July 24, 2019
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Credit: Chevrolet
So understandably most of the talk until now has been about the new 2020 Corvette’s powertrain, being the first-ever mid-engine ‘Vette and all. But now that the big reveal is done, it’s clear the interior deserve attention all of its own. It takes Corvette luxury to a new level.
You can tell Chevy designers poured their blood, sweat and tears into re-imaging the cabin for the future and to make something markedly different from past generations. Like the exterior, the cabin evokes more of a European sports car feeling than previous generations. (To compare, check out Jerry Reynolds’ recent review of the 2019 Grand Sport here.)
Paying homage to the Corvette’s aeronautical and racing roots, the interior truly is a cockpit. It’s been moved forward 16.5-inches and a focal point is a new squared-off two-spoke steering wheel, placed so it doesn’t obscure the view of the 12-inch configurable cluster display.
Loaded Corvettes will have interiors covered with suede. Carbon-fiber and aluminum adorn the trim. Other premium materials include hand-wrapped hand-wrapped, cut-and-sew leather components, a generous use of real metal, stainless steel audio speakers, and carbon fiber trim on the GT2 and Competition Sport Seats. There is also the choice of aluminum or real carbon fiber for console and door trim plates.
Chevrolet also says the new 2020 Corvette Stingray will offer the most personalization ever with choices to be made right down to the seat belts and stitching. Along with 12 exterior colors offered, owners will have their choice of six different color themes: Jet Black, Sky Cool Gray, Adrenaline Red, Natural/ Natural Dipped, Two-Tone Blue and Morello Red.
Next choose a seat belt color: Black, Blue, Natural, Torch Red, Yellow and Orange. Then choose between two optional stitch packages: Yellow and Red. (Standard black interiors have Sky Cool Gray stitching.)
It’s not one seat fits all either. There are three types to choose from, one of them a first for a Corvette:
GT1 – a sporty style that emphasizes comfort while providing good support for performance driving situations. Features Mulan leather trim, optional two-way lumbar support and wing adjustment.
GT2 – a first for Corvette, these seats have a racing-inspired look with comfort for long trips courtesy of dual density foam. They include carbon fiber trim, a Napa leather insert, Mulan leather bolsters, a jet black-painted seat back, two-way lumbar support and wing adjustment, plus heating and ventilation.
Competition Sport – designed for the serious track-focused driver, these seats include aggressive bolsters, full Napa seating surfaces and carbon fiber trim on the headrest, heating and ventilation, along with an all-new durable performance textile inspired by Kevlar vests.
Other new Corvette cabin features include:
Driver and passenger seat memory.
Heated steering wheel.
One look at the interior photos and you’ll see an impressively teched-out cabin. There’s a new higher resolution infotainment screen among other things. Chevrolet says the next-gen infotainment system is faster and simpler to use thanks to GM’s new digital vehicle platform. It also allows the vehicle to receive continuous vehicle improvements through over-the-air updates and enhanced cybersecurity measures.
Other new technology features include:
Chevy-first one-touch Bluetooth pairing with Near Field Communication.
Learn-as-you-go voice recognition.
Improved real-time traffic.
A new, 12-inch customizable instrument cluster tailored to all six driver modes.
Tire fill alert warns the driver when tire meets maximum pressure.
There are new Bose audio systems, too. A 10-speaker premium system is standard and a 14-speaker Bose Performance Series system is available. Speaker grilles are integrated into lower door trim for a refined look that also helps guard against damage from footwear.