Last week we brought you some spy shots of the upcoming Fisker Nina, which is set to debut at the New York Auto Show this weekend. Now it appears the Nina has ditched the drape and been exposed yet again — this time in all its glory, on autoforum.cz.
Prior to the leaked shots, Fisker Automotive had been referring to its latest extended-range plug-in hybrid as Project Nina, but now — thanks to the latest images that have popped up — it looks like we may have its real name, the Fisker Atlantic.
Although the name hasn’t been officially confirmed by Fisker, the rear image of the car on autoforum.cz clearly shows the “Atlantic” name across the face of the back license plate. Despite the fact that nothing has been confirmed, it looks likely that the Atlantic will indeed be the name given to the latest from the California startup.
Hoping to avoid any and all problems suffered by its big brother, the Atlantic is poised to take its place alongside the Karma as a more affordable and accessible option. Like the Karma, the Atlantic will operate as a hybrid with both an on-board electric motor and range-extending gasoline engine. Reports suggest the Atlantic will use a turbocharged four-cylinger BMW motor for its range-extending component, and cost about half the price of a Karma, placing it in the region of $45,000 to $55,000.
It’s worth mentioning that the Atlantic is the car Fisker for which has been using a large chunk of its U.S. Department of Energy funding, which was subsequently dropped after the company failed to meet a number of milestones set by federal government. That said, it looks like the money has been put to good use (the three-sectioned criss-crossing roofing looks pretty slick), at least from a design perspective. Although, the real test will be whether the car will perform as sharply as it looks.
With the Karma suffering a number of setbacks — most recently due to issues involving a recall of A123 Systems-supplied battery packs — Fisker will no doubt be looking for a smooth launch upon the car’s official release.
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