September 30, 2023


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Hybrid 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray leaked, likely for Australia

Hybrid 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray leaked, likely for Australia

The design of the Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray – the first hybrid Corvette – has been revealed early on an online configurator.

Full details of the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray hybrid have been leaked from within General Motors on its online configurator – and was spotted by fan site Corvette forums before it was taken down.

Due in US showrooms next year, the Corvette E-Ray hybrid is shown to wear bodywork from the high-powered Z06, complete with its wider wheel arches, but missing the front and rear wings, and with body-coloured accents instead of black.

The E-Ray name is a twist on the Stingray badge used by General Motors (GM) since 1963, and identifies the first electrified Corvette.

But the General Motors gallery pictures show no hint of a plug-in charging point, which identifies the E-Ray as a hybrid – not a plug-in hybrid – and its quad exhaust pipes indicate the continued use of the Corvette’s mid-mounted V8.

Apart from its landmark electrification, the E-Ray will also be the first Corvette to use all-wheel drive as its petrol engine is expected to power the rear wheels, while electric power will drive the front wheels.

The hybrid E-Ray comes after reports of a battery-powered Corvette sub-brand, as reported by Drive, due in 2025 with coupe and SUV models.

Details of the E-Ray, including new body and trim colours, were revealed when the visualiser website went live ahead of time and was quickly spotted by a Corvette forum before it was by deleted by GM.

They also reveal the E-Ray badging for the car, with a large blue ‘E’ in the colour now commonplace for hybrid and electric models from many brands.

They show the E-Ray is the third model in the ‘C8’ Corvette series – the first of the breed with a mid-mounted engine – following the Z06 in 2021, and the Stingray in 2019.

The C8 is also the first Corvette to be built with factory right-hand drive at GM’s factory at Bowling Green in Kentucky – and spy photos and a new report from GM Authority suggest the E-Ray will be too, paving the way for a launch in Australia.

The Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is identified in the visualiser as a 2024 model, which means production and deliveries in the USA could start in late in 2023, ahead of a possible arrival in Australia in 2024.

Paul Gover

Paul Gover has been a motoring journalist for more than 40 years, working on newspapers, magazines, websites, radio and television. A qualified general news journalist and sports reporter, his passion for motoring led him to Wheels, Motor, Car Australia, Which Car and Auto Action magazines. He is a champion racing driver as well as a World Car of the Year judge.

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