|Fisker Atlantic design prototype. Click to enlarge.|
Fisker Automotive unveiled its new model, the Atlantic sedan (known earlier as project Nina), in an event in new York. Revealed as a design prototype, the Fisker Atlantic is a luxury four-door sporting sedan using the second generation EVer (Electric Vehicle with extended range) technology.
Like the Karma sedan, the Fisker Atlantic is a plug-in series hybrid vehicle that allows drivers to switch manually or automatically between electric and gasoline driving modes and sustain the charge of its lithium-ion batteries on the move.
Its four-cylinder gasoline engine, which acts as a generator and is not mechanically connected to the wheels, is tuned to offer maximum economy and high torque. Fisker says the Atlantic EVer powertrain will offer “highly competitive” performance for a car in its class. The standard powertrain will be configured for rear-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive version will be offered as an option.
|Atlantic glass roof. Click to enlarge.|
The Atlantic design prototype’s glass roof shows off a ridged ‘spider’ structure. This construction also allows the Atlantic to offer a remarkable amount of rear headroom for a car with its stance. This approach fulfills and surpasses all current and projected future rollover safety and crash-test requirements worldwide, according to the company. The Fisker Atlantic’s long wheelbase also affords extra legroom for rear passengers and more space in the trunk.
The rear door handles have been integrated in the rear C-pillars, to continue the sense and look of a sporting coupe without losing the practicality of a four-door sedan. The rear end of the car is aerodynamically shaped, with a sharp spoiler lip on the trunk that runs down over the side of the car to enhance aerodynamic performance.
Overall, the Fisker Atlantic’s dimensions are comparable to those of an Audi A5, according to the company.
Fisker Automotive is transitioning from a start-up automaker to a fully-fledged mainstream car manufacturer and the Atlantic is a crucial milestone in that process. We have a long way to go, but in the near future Fisker intends to deliver this exceptional American-designed, engineered, and manufactured vehicle to showrooms worldwide.—Tom LaSorda, CEO Fisker Automotive
More details on the Fisker Atlantic, including statistics, prices and an on-sale date will be given closer to the launch of the production car.