Fisker Automotive introduces Atlantic plug-in hybrid sedan concept

Article by Christian A., on April 5, 2012

Fisker Automotive revealed a concept variant of its Atlantic plug-in hybrid sedan, which is anticipated to have a price range of $50,000 to $60,000. It is also expected to have a size similar to the BMW 3-series or Audi A5. The Atlantic is equipped with a BMW four-cylinder engine, which serves as a generator for a second-generation Fisker lithium-ion battery pack powering the electric motors

The vehicle will be offered in both all-wheel drive and rear-drive configurations. The Atlantic concept shares much of the styling of the $103,000 Karma sedan. It boasts of a glass roof with an X-shaped cross-brace, providing more headroom to rear-seat occupants.

The wheels of the vehicle are pushed to the corners, allowing additional legroom for occupants. Executives at Fisker did not give other details about the vehicle, including assembly location, car dimensions, on-sale date and price.

CEO Tom LaSorda disclosed in an interview that the company may be reconsidering whether to assemble the automobile a facility in Wilmington, Del. He said that the entire plan has changed, adding that the Wilmington plant is their primary site but other options are available. They have to determine the best course for the company and its shareholders, he continued.

The distinct style that has made the Atlantic well-known is not just present but even moves the signature design language of the Fisker. This is not a surprise as the design team, which was led by none other than Henrik Fisker, knew they wanted to develop what may be the most extraordinary and beautiful model for its segment. Majority of how the new model has been designed is clearly inspired by what can be seen in nature.

Take the side for example. It makes use of the strong sculptural lines, all of which optically crosses the center and goes to the rear wheels. The result is that it gives the impression of power, similar to how a tiger looks as it prepares to attack a prey. One interesting change in the design is how the signature Fisker Karma grille has evolved. Since the sculptured line is now wider, it expresses best the power dome that is on the hood.

From the inside portion of the vehicle’s headlamps, there is a strong curve that moves out and then goes on top of the hood. This helps it extend the car visually. Its headlights have a unique design as it has what can be described as eagle-eye, giving its character a strength never before seen on a production model.

The reason for all of these various changes is to enable the Atlantic to have a rear-view mirror whose presence is truly greater compared to the other models coming from its segment.

On the top of this prototype meanwhile is the glass roof which sports that ribbed spider structure. Considered by many as a strong construction, this structure ensures that even if the Atlantic has a coupe-like and smooth stance, the rear headroom continues to offer a good amount of space.

In addition, this particular high-tech method is able to meet, and likely exceed, any of the present and potential crash-test and rollover safety requirements around the world. By having a long wheelbase, the Fisker Atlantic is able to have space for passengers in the rear, added legroom, as well as extra trunk space.

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