Chevrolet to unwrap next-generation Corvette on July 18

(April 15, 2019) Chevrolet reports that it will unwrap the next-generation Corvette, featuring a mid-engine layout for the first time on July 18. While the car has been photographed undergoing road tests for months, it's the first time Chevrolet has confirmed plans for the next-generation of the venerable sports car.

GM President Mark Reuss, who also heads the automaker's global product development programs, posted an image of the eighth-generation Corvette — the C8 — on his Facebook page late Thursday.

And GM has released video footage of a camouflaged 2020 Corvette on the streets of New York City. Reuss said the unveiling date commemorates the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, which entered the moon's gravity on July 18, 1969. Two days later, astronauts landed on the moon.

Chevrolet calls the next-generation Corvette "the most anticipated Corvette ever." "It’s the sum of each generation before it," Chevrolet said late Thursday, "But will stand alone as the new standard of performance."

GM said the last seventh-generation Corvette — a black 2019 Z06 model — will be auctioned off June 28 with the proceeds benefiting the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

“GM, GMC and Chevrolet support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its commitment to injured and fallen military members, first responders and their families,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “The sale of this iconic Corvette will help the foundation continue its good work, and pave the way for the Next Generation Corvette that we will introduce on July 18.”

The Corvette will be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale in Connecticut.