Karma, the luxury electric car company that rose from the ashes of Fisker Automotive, is planning to reveal a trifecta of new vehicles at Auto Shanghai 2019. Among them, a redesigned Karma Revero, a new Karma Vision concept (seen above from the rear), and a concept car styled in partnership with the legendary Italian studio Pininfarina (seen below from the front).
“Karma is united in spirit with Pininfarina through our shared commitment to stunning design, and we are excited about the reaction we anticipate the end result of our partnership will generate,” said Karma CEO Dr. Lance Zhou.
The company offered no details about the three new models, so I’m going to guess that the Revero is ditching its plug-in hybrid drivetrain for an electric platform offering range and recharging capabilities that fall in line with or exceed other high-end electric vehicles. Expect infotainment, driving assistance, and collision avoidance technology upgrades, too.
For reference, the current Karma Revero is priced from $131,400 (including the $1,400 destination charge), supplies about 50 miles of electric driving range, and up to 300 miles of range once the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine fires up. Total system horsepower measures over 400, and Karma claims the Revero will accelerate to 60 mph in less than five seconds.
The next-generation Karma Revero goes on sale during the second half of 2019.
What is Karma Automotive, Anyway?
Henrik Fisker designed the BMW Z8 before he penned the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage. Nearly 15 years ago, he struck out on his own, first to restyle grand-touring cars from BMW and Mercedes-Benz for customers with more money than taste, then to co-found Fisker Automotive.
The dramatically fashioned Fisker Karma, a plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan, was the first of the company’s products. An expensive brand-builder, the Karma was to pave the way toward more affordable and mainstream green machines, but after producing fewer than 2,700 examples, Fisker was forced to halt production when its battery supplier went belly-up.
And that, as they say, was the end of that.
Years later, China’s Wanxiang Group bought the Karma’s design, tooling, and rights to the plug-in powertrain. It also brought the battery manufacturer A123 out of bankruptcy. Then it re-launched Fisker’s original car as the Karma Revero at the end of 2016, with upgraded electrical components and other improvements.
Today, Karma Automotive is based in Irvine, Calif., and the Revero is built in Moreno Valley, Calif. It ain’t quite Tesla yet, but Karma’s plans for Auto Shanghai 2019 sure appear to be similarly ambitious.