Karma says the new Revero will be “faster, smarter, and even more stunning in design than its predecessor.”
At next month's Auto Shanghai, Californian carmaker Karma Automotive will reveal not one, not two, but three new models. Two of these will be concept cars, but you'll be able to buy the other model because Karma will be unveiling the next-generation Revero at the event.
Ahead of its debut next month, Karma has given us a first look at the 2020 Revero. The shadowy image suggests the new 2020 Revero will adopt an evolutionary design with a revised front fascia and new headlights, but it doesn't look like there will be any major changes to the overall design. An update is long overdue, as the current Revero is based on the old Fisker Karma that launched back in 2011, which was criticized for its steep price and poor reliability.
Details are still scarce, but Karma says the new 2020 Revero will be "faster, smarter, and even more stunning in design than its predecessor." This suggests the powertrain will be upgraded, but specific details weren't provided. The current Revero uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and two electric motors to produce a combined 403 horsepower and 981 lb-ft of instant torque.
This enables the premium plug-in hybrid sedan to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 125 mph. Karma says the new Revero will go on sale in the second half of 2019, with production taking place at the company's assembly plant in Moreno Valley, California.
Joining the 2020 Revero will be a new electric concept called the Vision that will preview the automaker's future design language, along with a separate concept designed by Pininfarina.
Karma has also invested nearly $7.5 million in a new powertrain R&D center at the company's headquarters in Irvine, California, which will enable the company to handle more of its development in-house. "These new capabilities will help Karma speed up our product development process, lead to better performance and durability and protect the intellectual property that's critical to our success," said Karma CEO Lance Zhou. "This investment shows our commitment to implementing Karma's vision of becoming a luxury automaker driven by technology and innovation."