Fisker is unveiling its five-door Surf at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week. The wagon combines the capability of an electric vehicle with form and function, wrapped in an elegant design based on the company's Karma sedan.
Station wagons, from the Chevrolet Nomad to the Dodge Magnum, have attracted the attention of the industry with their elegance and style. And now, Henrik Fisker is trying to develop his own interpretation of the modern family hauler.
The Surf will be available in the market by 2013 and it is expected to be sold worldwide, according to AutoWeek. The wagon utilizes a turbocharged 260-hp, four-cylinder engine and a battery pack that works with a generator. Its range is 50 miles when on electric power, capable of 300 total miles.
Two driving modes are available -- stealth and sport. The default setting is stealth, which provides sufficient power to reach 60 mph within 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 95 mph.
On the other hand, the company claims that the sport mode gives 981 lb-ft of torque, acceleration to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, and a top speed of 125 mph.
Fisker disclosed that the Surf can be recharged in 14 hours on a 110-volt outlet. When using a 220-volt outlet, it takes six hours to recharge the vehicle. Fisker, who is a former designer at Aston Martin and BMW, envisioned the Surf with pronounced haunches, a new three-dimensional grille and flowing lines.
Even during the earliest stages of development of the Karma sedan, Henrik Fisker – the carmaker’s CEO and Executive Design Director – has already set in mind the creation of the variant that would be more versatile with its added utility. Thus, there was already a clear goal to achieve by the time that Fisker was transitioning from the Karma sedan to the Surf sports wagon, and that is to fuse utility with stunning design.
After Fisker completed the design of the Karma, it commenced preliminary work on the Surf in mid-2009, building on the sedan’s construction. Fisker extended the Karma’s lines and angles around the rear quarters to allow the creation of a new roof contour, new side window shapes and a new liftgate. The result is a personification of Fisker's vision of an elegant crossover between a sport car and a station wagon.
Likewise, the Surf effectively became proof of the expansion that Fisker has been implementing on its Karma platform. Henrik Fisker called the Surf as a first-of-its-kind eco-friendly lifestyle vehicle that does not only offer performance and space, but also a luxurious design. He disclosed that the Surf is targeted towards active people living an environmentally conscious lifestyle and who like to drive beautiful cars.
The sportiness of the Fisker Surf could be attributed to its sculptured rear fenders and its athletic side profile. Featuring an integrated roof spoiler, the rear end of the Fisker Surf flows around to its side. The practical liftgate of the Surf has achieved an aerodynamic form while the rear hatch-integrated LED brake light has been rendered almost invisible until it illuminates. The side profile of the new Surf, meanwhile, is accentuated by new bi-colored 22-inch wheels inspired by the Karma's Circuit Blade.
Behind these wheels are bright orange Brembo brake calipers that are exclusive to the Fisker Surf. Basically, the Surf and the Karma sedan have the same dimensions and overall stance, although the sports wagon is visually sleeker and longer thanks to its extended roofline and side glass. On the roof of the Surf is an integrated solar panel, which has a tinted standard version that can be opened at the back for extra ventilation.
Offered as an option is a see-through solar panel with a dark-tint translucence feature that hikes the feeling of openness for those accommodated in the rear seats. Thanks to integrated roof rails, the Fisker Surf could carry more cargo. On the other hand, the front end of the Surf is marked by a new 3D honeycomb pattern grille.