U Spy New Karma Revero In California Before Global Premiere

A prototype of what appears to be the 2020 Karma Revero has been snapped while recently testing in California.

The following shot comes from Carscoops reader Frank Olea. While it is difficult to confirm the vehicle’s identity as the new Revero, it certainly shares a number of commonalities with the Revero which have been revealed in recent teaser images.

Most notably, the car pictured has a very similar long and slender shape to the new Revero and appears to have a gargantuan wheelbase and a very small rear overhang. In addition, the roofline and shapes of the side windows all match up with what we’ve seen of the 2020 Revero. Karma Automotive also happens to be based in California so it would make sense for the company to be testing its new model locally.

Thick body cladding covers the vehicle’s front and rear fascias but the hood appears to be quite long. A pair of aggressive headlights can also be seen peeking through the camouflage.

We’re told that the significantly revised 2020 Karma Revero will come with a redesigned electric powertrain which incorporates a lithium-ion battery pack and a twin-motor rear drive module. This setup will apparently send the Revero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.5 seconds.

Another significant upgrade found within the new Revero will be the presence of a BMW-sourced TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine which doubles as a generator. The BMW i8 also uses a three-cylinder engine which pumps out 228 hp and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque but it remains to be seen if this is the same engine the Revero will have.

Karma will unveil the new Revero at the Shanghai Auto Show.

Hat tip to Frank Olea!

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  • S3XY

    After almost a decade, the Karma hasn’t worn off, this vehicle is still a failure, slow, heavy and overpriced.

    Beautiful design but its literally out of sight, out of mind.

    No one knows about it and you never see it on the road ever.

    It’s one of those what’s the point of existing cars. Either be something or just don’t exist.

    Shame this never went big. Probably could have been the Model S if Fisker wasn’t a schmuck and didn’t try to take the designs he was creating for Tesla for his own car company.

    • Dude

      Those allegations were and are entirely frivolous. The lawsuit was so bogus that Tesla had to pay over a million to Fisker in the end. You get what you get when you hire an artist really. If they make something better in the future, you can’t then sue them for not making something better when they worked for you.

      • Mike anonymous

        Fisker Automotive was founded as a joint venture between Quantum Technologies & Fisker Coachbuild (i.e. the coach-built vehicles below from 2005/2006) . Many people don’t know that Fisker originally was a Coach-building company that started work on the Karma in 2006/2007. The completed the design in 2008 and revealed it alongside their company Fisker Automotive.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fb925c86ecaa2e4104c6894191a8993baacc08f17b9e59baf6b2c6b03bf6a550.png

        The company actually had major success initially less in sales, but actually in the technological space (which many people don’t think of Henrik as much more than a designer), although great designers know that design is more then just the ascetics of a vehicle.
        Most any vehicle that features a plug-in hybrid powertrain, got it’s powertrain technology from the work Fisker Automotive did (which is where all of those government tax dollars went to). Everything from the Porsche 918, BMW i8, & Porsche Panamera Plug-In, to the Chevy Volt, (and all of the Plug-in vehicles that are so commonplace today, you can find them in even fords new entry SUVs’).

        The company ran into quite a lot of bad luck and was about 3-4 weeks away from beginning production of their entry-level vehicle which had an actual starting price of around $35k (their vehicles came fully loaded so there wouldn’t have been many options aside from a difference in leather choices and colors).

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        Also yes, that is the pre-production version. Not a concept.

        But they had their battery supplier go out of business, then they lost a great deal of their inventory due to (hurricane) bad wether,… the list of bad luck simply goes on. Then the company filed for bankruptcy.

        Their assets were bought up by a Chinese auto-parts company, and they were relaunched as Karma Automotive.

        I’m glad to see the brand at least alive and making beautiful (albeit now a bit behind the competition after the 3-4year hiatus 2013-2016) vehicles.

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