Karma Revero Launches With Familiar Styling And Some Key Changes

The Karma Revero has been officially unveiled in the U.S., bringing to an end the will-it-won’t-it-relaunch drama which has been ongoing since the original Fisker Karma died in 2013.

Beyond a new name, the updated model has been brought to life courtesy of Chinese company Wanxiang. While the design of the car remains essentially identical to the Karma which came before it, the Revero does utilize a handful of new technologies in the firm’s hopes to make it a convincing prospect to environmentally-conscious consumers.

Beneath the skin is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 260 hp and sourced from General Motors, just like the original Fisker Karma. However, the Revero now includes an on-board charger that is 6.6 kW in capacity, double to that of the old car. Additionally, capacity of the battery has risen from 20.4 kWh to 21.4 kWh, enough to provide the hybrid with an electric-only rage of about 50 miles.

The Revero also now uses a more advanced solar roof which depending on weather conditions, can provide the car with up to 1.5 miles of electric range per day. While that doesn’t sound like much, it’s the first time a solar roof has been used to charge a production vehicle’s battery, rather than solely providing energy to in-car accessories.

Perhaps the biggest update is the implementation of a brand new infotainment system. With a new touchscreen and high-definition cluster, Karma says that the system runs at 60 frames per second and in the near future, will support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Furthermore, over-the-air updates is available as is a dedicated 4G connection and a navigation system with live traffic updates.

In terms of exterior styling, the Revero can’t be differentiated from the Karma but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The front-end is still dominated by a split grille with chrome accents and a shapely bumper with diamond-shaped air intakes. Elsewhere are a host of familiar body panels that combine to make the car as eye-catching as it was back in 2011.

U.S. pricing for the Revero starts at $130,000, a jump of $27,000 over the model’s original price tag.

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  • Nordschleife

    I understand that it wasn’t in your budget for an all new car but what in the hell did you do? The engine is still from GM. So you increased the battery somewhat, changed the wheels and did a little update to the infotainment section. As long as you have been developing this car, you could have updated the lighting (front & rear) and did more to that interior. If the car wasn’t good looking from the start I’d be mad. You all could’ve done a little more especially with a 27k price hike.

  • fabri99

    I’ve always loved the Karma. It looked better and much more special than the Model S and it was the first electric car that made me think “yeah, I want one of those”. So you can imagine both the shock to see it gone and the relief to see it back. I only wish they had updated the exterior a little bit, just like Audi does with their models. I still love the looks of the Karma, but it doesn’t look as new and as fresh as it used to. It would be good if they managed to bring it to Europe as well: the Model S is a best seller in many scandinavian countries, with a little help with distribution, the Karma could steal Tesla some customers wanting something different and more special.
    We’ll see, but I’m quite confident. As long as they bring out new models (like the smaller Atlantic), they may have good chances.

    • marinadel

      Agree, not karmic enough.

      • fabri99

        Oh yeah, than there’s that mess. I didn’t really follow what happened so I have no idea who’s right and who’s wrong. I’ll just be happy the Karma is back.

        • marinadel

          Long story..

  • marinadel

    It does nothing to improve A123 batteries & ruins the beautiful solar roof on my Fisker Karma

    • Kash

      “…does nothing to improve A123 batteries…” -You
      “Additionally, capacity of the battery has risen from 20.4 kWh to 21.4 kWh, enough to provide the hybrid with an electric-only range of about 50 miles.” -Article above you

      “…ruins the beautiful solar roof on my Fisker Karma…” -you
      “The Revero also now uses a more advanced solar roof which depending on weather conditions, can provide the car with up to 1.5 miles of electric range per day.” -Article above you

  • Zed68

    “In terms of exterior styling, the Revero can’t be differentiated from the Karma but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”
    That’s actually a very good thing. The Karma was and thanks to them still is a beautiful thing to look at.

  • Enter Ranting

    Worst panel gaps on any car in the last 50 years.

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