Revitalised Fisker to bring Karma back to market next year alongside new estate version and an entry-level 'Atlantic' model

The now Chinese-owned Fisker plans to re-launch the Karma luxury saloon in 2015.

Chinese auto parts firm The Wanxiang Corporation saved Fisker from bankruptcy earlier this year in a deal worth around £88 million. Now, the backing of the firm is said to have spurred Fisker to relaunch the Karma mid-way through next year.

A second version of the Karma, based on an estate, could come to market in 2016, as well as a new entry-level model in 2017, dubbed the Atlantic. Originally shown in concept form in new New York in 2012, the Atlantic would be a pure-electric rival to the likes of the BMW 5-series, and would cost around £40,000, significantly less than the £80,000 Karma.

Speaking to an American newspaper, Fisker president Roger Brown said: "Wanxiang is not flashy. They bought this company, they paid cash for it, they don't put any debt on their company and they execute".

However, the new Karma may not be launched under the Fisker title as Brown is unsure whether the company can keep its previous name, but noted that "the cars are the rock stars".

As part of its re-development, Fisker will need to establish a new headquarters before deciding whether the new Karma can be made at its current Delaware plant, as well as establish the 200-strong workforce needed to ensure completion of the new Karma. 

Other changes at Fisker include the appointment of a new boss: "We're looking for a (permanent) CEO in the next 90 days," said Brown. "We are currently looking at a lot of the prior employees. We have a database of people that have reached out to Fisker over the years looking for employment. We've been flooded with people that want to come back."

The original Fisker Karma was powered by a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, combining a 256bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine generator with two electric motors. Combined power was placed at 397bhp alongside 959lb ft of torque. The car had an electric-only range of around 50 miles, increased to 300 miles when using the range-extender engine. It could reach 60mph in 6.3 seconds, with a limited top speed of 125mph.

Our Verdict

Hollywood looks hide an environmentally-conscious powertrain that produces just 51g/km of CO2

The Fisker Karma has stunning looks, backed up by impressive acceleration and has single-handedly made electric cars cool

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