Fisker SUV Concept coming to the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 4, 2011

Fisker is planning to launch a series of new models in the next few years, according to company boss Henrik Fisker. At the launch of Fisker’s range-extender Karma model, Fisker said that the first model to be presented is the Karma saloon, which will start selling in the UK this September. Fisker will be unveiling a sportier SUV-like version of the Karma at the Frankfurt motor show next month. It’s slated to go on sale next year.

And in 2013, Fisker will launch a folding hard-top convertible version that is named the Karma S (for sunset). Henrik Fisker also mentioned plans to build a four-wheel-drive version of the Karma.

A new gearbox is in the works as well. This two-speed transmission provides a better fuel economy and top speed when compared with the Karma’s current one-speed direct-drive system.

The smaller Nina is Fisker’s second model line. Set to go on sale in late 2013, it will be more practical than the Karma but will be less expensive. In response to concerns about battery life, Fisker is considering a battery buy-back scheme.

Fisker has yet to finalize the details but with this scheme, buyers would get a guaranteed price for the batteries when they have to be replaced.

Fisker Automotive, Inc. is a new United States-based maker of premium eco-friendly vehicles. The company recently unveiled its first production car, which it calls the 2010 Fisker Karma. The 2010 Fisker Karma was introduced at the 2009 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit, Michigan.

The Fisker Karma starts at $87,900, with substantial government tax credits whittling it down to about $80,400. The prototype for the Fisker Karma was introduced at the same auto show in 2008 and since then, more than 1,000 orders have been received. Deliveries are expected to start in the last quarter of 2009 via the Fisker Automotive Retail network.

The Fisker Karma is a four-door four-seater car that features the traditional and classic design of Fisker Automotive CEO Henrik Fisker, who happens to be an accomplished car designer. It will also feature the Q-DRIVE plug-in hybrid powertrain created by Quantum Technologies, making it the first luxury plug-in hybrid car in the world.

Learn more about Q-DRIVE

The Q-DRIVE hybrid powertrain is exclusively available in the Fisker Karma. It gives the car the best mix of efficiency, low emissions, and power. It features two 201 horsepower electric motors that are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. A generator is hooked up to a 260hp turbocharged 2.0 L direct injection gasoline engine by Ecotec, giving the car more range capacity.

Quantum Technologies CEO Alan Niedzwiecki says that America has 200 million drivers and more than 6 out of 10 of these have a daily drive that’s shorter than 50 miles.

The Q-DRIVE can help them do their daily driving without needing to fuel up on gas. The powertrain will also be the base for all future Fisker Automotive cars.

Q-DRIVE features two operating modes: The Sport Mode and the Stealth Mode. When you go on Stealth Mode, the car does not emit anything for the first 50 miles, with a full charge. Meanwhile, in Sport Mode, you can go for a maximum of 300 miles, using energy supplied by the Ecotec gasoline engine.

A fully charged Karma can go for more than 100 miles a gallon. Speaking of charging, you can do so with any 110 v, 220 v or 240 v outlet.

The Karma has top speeds of 125 miles per hour and can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 5.8 seconds, making it the first true premium hybrid sports car in the world. It also has a low center of gravity and puts a premium on performance. Driving experience is guaranteed to be world class. Further, the wide and tall tires give you the most lateral grip and the electro hydraulic disc brakes give you utmost stopping power.

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