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Fisker Atlantic Concept: New York Auto Show

author photo by Jeffrey Archer April 2012
  • Officially a design study, the Atlantic likely previews the next Fisker.
  • The sedan features an electric motor paired with a BMW four-cylinder.
  • The Atlantic is expected to be priced around $47,500 when it goes on sale.

Fisker officially pulled the cover off its all-new Atlantic at an offsite event near this year's New York Auto Show. Officially labeled a design study rather than a production car, the newest Fisker features a BMW powerplant and futuristic styling that draws heavily from the recently released Karma sedan.

Revealed in a striking shade of burnt orange by the company's well-dressed founder and chief executive, Henrik Fisker, the Atlantic is immediately recognizable by its striking design, which is expected to preview the model's production version. In addition to the automaker's characteristic grille, the Atlantic includes large wheels and broad shoulder lines borrowed from the Karma, along with a unique trunk design and roof-mounted solar panels. But there's no denying that the Atlantic appears smaller than the luxurious Karma, which stands at a hefty 196.7 inches in length.

Inside, the Atlantic appears to share much of the Karma's upscale interior, though several high-end touches were undoubtedly toned down on the newer model. That's because the Atlantic is expected to cost around $47,500 before federal tax rebates, making it surprisingly affordable compared to its larger Karma stable mate's base price of more than $100,000. It also puts the Atlantic into direct competition with Tesla's upcoming Model S, which is expected to debut this summer with a base price of $57,000.

But despite the Atlantic's lower price point, Fisker isn't skimping on the sedan's environmentally friendly powerplant. According to the automaker, the Atlantic features an electric motor capable of propelling it up to 30 miles before its BMW-sourced four-cylinder engine kicks in to act as a range extender. That's similar to the Karma's powertrain, though the Atlantic's big brother uses a General Motors four-cylinder under the hood instead of a BMW mill.

Although the Atlantic shown in New York has not been officially confirmed for production, Fisker boasted that the new sedan features improved headroom and available all-wheel drive - two small details that would be unnecessary to announce at the unveiling of a concept car. As a result, we think the Atlantic is more than just a design study - but we'll wait for official confirmation from Fisker before speculating any further.

What it means to you: Fisker is proving that it's serious about the car business with the unveiling of a second, higher-volume model.

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