Behold Henrik Fisker's most disruptive and affordable design yet.
Fisker is back, ladies and gentleman. Having designed for some of the top automakers in the business, rebodied a handful more, and started (then left) his own upscale hybrid-vehicle brand, the Danish designer has returned at the helm of Fisker Inc. And this is its debut product.
Called the Fisker Ocean, it's an all-electric crossover aimed directly at the Tesla Model Y. And while this isn't the first we've heard of or seen it, this is the first time we've seen footage of the thing in motion. And along with it, Fisker has revealed a slew of details.
Active aerodynamics, for example, can minimize drag or maximize cooling for the electric powertrain components. A multilink rear suspension (fitted on an isolated subframe) aims to optimize the balance between handling, ride, and interior space. 20-25 cubic feet of trunk space can be expanded through the lowering rear window to enable the transportation of larger items (without leaving the tailgate completely open). And an innovative (optional) California Mode will be able to open nine glass panels and windows to let the breeze and sunshine in. The cockpit combines a 9.8-inch instrument display with a 16-inch touchscreen monitor, and even a Karaoke mode for James Corden-style road trips.
Powertrain specs are still to be announced, but the base model is slated to come with four-wheel drive and upwards of 300 horsepower, with a more potent version set to follow, boasting a 0-60 time of under three seconds. It'll be able to travel up to 300 miles on a single charge, and quick-charge from 15- to 80-percent capacity in 30 minutes.
Lead as the project is by a renowned designer, it looks pretty good, too - which can't be said of every EV on the market. And starting at $37,499 (or $29,999 after US tax credits), it could be the most accessible vehicle Henrik Fisker has designed yet.
Certainly cheaper, at any rate, than six-figure creations like the Karma, BMW Z8, or Aston Martin DB9. And it could be even more accessible with flexible lease plans, starting at $379 per month (after a financeable $2,999 down payment). Production is slated to begin before the end of next year before ramping up in 2022, with additional models to follow.
"We are aiming to disrupt the automotive industry by challenging all conventions, development time, manufacturing scale-up, customer ownership experience, vehicle financing and service," said Henrik Fisker. "This is no small feat, but we truly believe we are entering a new era where customers are driving the demand for radical change."