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

Fisker Karma

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

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • 2017 Range Rover Velar
    First Drive
    23 July 2017
    The Range Rover Velar is the most road-biased car Land Rover has made. So does it still feel like a proper part of the family?
  • Seat Ibiza
    Car review
    21 July 2017
    A model upon which Seat has staked its future, the new Ibiza must now deliver
  • Honda Clarity FCV
    Car review
    21 July 2017
    Honda’s fuel cell flagship reaches its second generation, but is the world ready?
  • Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi 110 N-Connecta 2017 review
    First Drive
    20 July 2017
    A UK drive in Nissan’s crucial crossover shows an update has not cost it any of that which makes it sell so well
  • Seat Ibiza 1.0 MPI
    First Drive
    20 July 2017
    The Seat Ibiza has wowed in other iterations, but how will the entry-level 1.0-litre MPI version stack up in the UK? We've been to north Wales to find out