Fisker working on an SUV

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 11, 2011

Fisker will produce a crossover SUV to join its Karma sports saloon, a source told AutoExpress. At the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, Fisker had launched the Surf shooting brake estate. The source said that the crossover would be built on a new platform that will make its debut on the upcoming small saloon that is known as Project Nina.

The size of this four-door is similar to a BMW 5 Series but it has nearly the same price as a top-end 3 Series, which is priced at about £40,000. The Project Nina saloon will start to sell in 2013. It has a range-extending hybrid powertrain similar to the Karma’s. However, the engine will be sourced from BMW.

It will be offered in right-hand drive. Starting mid-2012, the Karma will be available in right-hand-drive form. The Surf will have this as well. Set to debut in early 2012 is an updated Karma, which will get a new exhaust system meant to lessen engine noise. Production of the Karma and Surf will still be in Valmet, Finland, but the Project Nina car will be built a newly refurbished plant in Wilmington, Delaware.

This used to be where the Pontiac Solstice was built. To acquire it, Fisker paid £15.6million to General Motors. This saloon is priced at £40,000, while the crossover will be targeting the £50,000-£60,000 price range. It may arrive in 2015.

Fisker Automotive, Inc., has recently revealed its first ever production car, the new 2010 Fisker Karma. Fisker Automotive, known for building premium automobiles that are environment-friendly, unveiled this offering during the 2009 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. With four seats and four doors, the Fisker Karma is able to put in the timeless and traditional style that is the signature of auto designer and CEO Henrik Fisker and then mixed it with the hybrid plug-in Q-DRIVE powertrain from Quantum Technologies.

It can be said then that the Karma is the first luxury hybrid plug-in car. The Q-DRIVE, which will be exclusive to the brand, ensures the best combination when it comes to power, low emissions, and efficiency. It contains two electric motors, each of which has an output of 201 hp, and gets power from the innovative lithium-ion battery pack. The engine is the Ecotec 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline unit with an output of 260 hp.

With a generator linked to this engine, it gives the Karma additional range capabilities. The Q-DRIVE offers two operating modes for the Karma. The first is the Stealth Mode, which runs on pure electricity, and allows the Karma to go for as far as 50 miles on a full-charge and emission free. Once the battery is drained, it can be recharged using a 110-volt, 220-volt, or even 240-bolt electrical outlet.

The Sport Mode meanwhile allows for a 300-mile range. It makes use of the Ecotec engine to activate the generator which then powers the two electric motors placed on the rear differential. Once fully-charged, the Karma can average at least 100 miles per gallon on a yearly basis. Quantum Technologies CEO Alan Niedzwiecki shared that of the 200 million drivers in the U.S., it is estimated that at least 60% drive 50 miles or less in a day.

Equipped with the Q-DRIVE, he added, the Karma can meet this need without using any amount of gas. In addition, this powertrain will serve as the foundation for the ones inside all model derivatives to come from Fisker Automotive, he continued. Starting price for the Karma is set at $87,900, around $80,400 U.S. government tax credits.

As a concept car, it first debuted during the 2008 Detroit Show and since then, around 1,000 units have been ordered for this plug-in hybrid. According to the company, deliveries are expected to start during the 4th quarter of 2009 and will be done through the Fisker Automotive Retail network.

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