Official pictures and details of the new Fisker Atlantic have been released at a special VIP preview event, as the car prepares for its world debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. Basically a smaller Karma, the Atlantic is a plug-in hybrid car with posh and plush interior, fancy styling, and very interesting details. It is more mainstream than the Karma, however.
The Atlantic uses the latest second generation EVer (Electric Vehicle with extended range) technology, which allows driver to choose between electric and gasoline driving modes, or it can do it automatically if, say, the batteries charge drop below a certain level.
The gasoline unit is a four-cylinder, configured for rear-wheel drive. But an all-wheel drive version will be offered as an option.
Despite being smaller than Karma, the four-door Atlantic still offers plenty of legroom for the passengers, and with a unique glass roof, it’s a pleasant place to sit in. Much of the design was inspired by nature, for example, the dynamic side theme, with strong sculptural lines that optically cross the center and over the rear wheels of the car. This gives a sense of power – replicating the stance of a wild tiger ready to pounce.
When, or if, Fisker puts the Atlantic into production, it will be a formidable rival for cars like the Audi A5, Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3-Series.