Fisker to reboot with bold Tesla Model Y rivalling SUV

Irving Hamilton
March 19, 2019

The Fisker electric SUV will also be a seven-seat SUV with around 480km of all-electric range from an 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Today we have our very first look at his latest creation-an all-electric SUV with a standard range near 300-miles that will be priced below $40,000 when it rolls out in the second half of 2021.

The move by Fisker comes as Tesla ramps up efforts for more affordable electric cars including a Model 3 priced at $35 000 (R504 000) and a Model Y SUV starting at $39 000 (R561 600).

- The teaser reveals a muscular design and will cost less than 40,000 United States dollars. Like Tesla, Fisker will sell directly to consumers without dealers.

Fisker claims that the SUV will feature a Targa-style removable roof mechanism, which will allow a portion of the roof to be folded away. A design trait common to both vehicles is the integration of sensors for electronic driver aids with the grille, and both will support massive wheels: up to 22 inches in diameter for the SUV and up to 24 inches for the sedan.

Set at a base price below US$40,000 (Rs 25.26 lakh), the final pricing and a drivable prototype are expected to be revealed by the end of 2019.

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Inside, the SUV will offer a roomy interior and modern design aesthetic-something we can trust that Fisker will get right from the start-plus a large head-up display and "unique, intuitive user interface". Early deposits won't be taken until closer to the start of production: Fisker says it's now "finalizing the selection of a facility" to actually manufacture the SUV, though it has said that location will be somewhere in the US.

After the SUV's debut, you can expect Fisker to launch its top-of-the-line flagship luxury sedan, the EMotion, which will preview the company's Fisker solid-state battery technology. Fisker anticipates charging times dropping to just minutes. The EMotion will still be the first to use the Fisker Solid-State batteries, but it won't be the first auto to launch.

The other two more affordable models in the brand's upcoming lineup should follow the EMotion.

The company hopes to eventually have three different vehicles on the market.

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