California-based electric car maker Fisker Automotive just recently launched its flagship Karma sedan, and its lineup is expected to expand rapidly in the next few years. In addition to the upcoming Surf shooting brake and Project Nina small sedan, a crossover is said to be next up on the planning table.
According to an insider source interviewed by Auto Express, “a crossover SUV is definitely on the cards” and will be based on the same platform as the Project Nina car. As we’ve reported, Project Nina will be smaller than the Karma. It will have a similar powertrain setup – plug-in electric with gasoline-powered range extender – though it will employ a BMW-sourced, four-cylinder engine as opposed to General Motors' 2.0-liter, 260-hp Ecotec engine currently in the Karma and Surf.
At last month’s 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Fisker’s Chief Operating Officer Bernhard Koehler, announced the possibility of three new vehicles based on Project Nina, so it’s possible that an SUV could be counted in that tally. That also means the SUV will likely be assembled at Fisker’s Delaware plant, which it recently purchased from GM. The expected price of the Project Nina sedan -- set to debut at the end of 2012 -- is $50,000 and we expect the SUV to command a bit more cash. Whether or not it will be close to price the $96,850 Karma is yet to be seen.
The new model will likely do well in SUV-hungry America should it get the green light for production. Stay tuned for more details.
Source: Auto Express