Boutique automaker Karma Automotive claims to be trying towards the long run, however proper now it’s caught prior to now. The one automobile Karma sells is the Revero, which dates again to the corporate’s earlier incarnation as Fisker Automotive. As a part of its resurgence, Karma will debut not one, however three new automobiles on the 2019 Shanghai Auto Present.
The primary automobile will likely be a redesigned model of the Revero. It could’t arrive quickly sufficient, because the current-generation Revero dates again to 2012, making it positively historical by business requirements. The present Revero contains a plug-in hybrid powertrain designed to permit the automobile to function on electrical energy more often than not. It’s unclear if Karma will stick to that or attempt one thing new. The above teaser picture from Karma doesn’t give many hints about styling, however the present Revero is already one of the dramatic trying automobiles on the street.
When it was launched because the Fisker Karma, the automobile was briefly thought of to be a rival to the Tesla Mannequin S. About 2,000 Fisker Karmas had been constructed earlier than Fisker Automotive went bankrupt. Chinese language auto-parts firm Wanxiang purchased the stays of the automaker in 2014, and reconstituted them into Karma Automotive. Karma now builds the identical automobile, renamed Revero, at a manufacturing facility in Moreno Valley, California, however it might want to develop one thing new as a way to survive.
The second car will likely be an all-electric idea automobile referred to as the Karma Imaginative and prescient. Lastly, Karma will unveil the primary product of its collaboration with Pininfarina, the legendary Italian design agency that formed basic automobiles just like the Alfa Romeo Spider and Ferrari 275 GTB. Pininfarina can also be working independently on an electrical supercar referred to as the Battista. Named after Pininfarina’s founder, the supercar boasts a claimed 1,877 horsepower and 217 mph high pace. It seems like Pininfarina has a lot to supply Karma.
Karma didn’t talk about manufacturing plans for the Pininfarina collaboration or the Imaginative and prescient idea, however stated the second-generation Revero will go on sale later this yr as a 2020 mannequin. Karma additionally stated it’s spending $7.5 million on new powertrain testing labs at its headquarters in Irvine, California. The automaker stated it will permit it to do extra improvement work in-house.
Karma faces stiff competitors from established luxurious manufacturers and a bunch of startups trying to emulate the success of Tesla. Even Henrik Fisker — the namesake of Fisker Automotive — is getting in on the motion. He’s launched a brand new firm that claims to be growing a long-range electrical automobile utilizing new battery expertise.
Up to date on March 14, 2019: Added 2020 Karma Revero teaser picture and particulars on new testing labs.