This is the production-ready Fisker Ocean electric SUV
The fast one will do 0-60mph in 3.6secs, while the long-range one promises 350-plus miles
This is the Fisker Ocean SUV, but you can’t buy it just yet. Unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show, boss Henrik Fisker detailed the ‘production-intent’ version of his long-teased electric car.
So basically it’s the one you will be able to buy when it goes on sale next year. Prices start at $37,499 for the entry-level ‘Sport’ version (before any incentives), through $50k for the ‘Ultra’ spec and finally a whisker under $69k for the ‘Extreme’ and ‘One’ versions; indeed, the first 5,000 Oceans will be in ‘One’ spec.
The company that builds G-Classes for Merc and a couple of Jags and BMWs – Magna Steyr – will manufacture the Ocean, while batteries are made in collaboration with a company called CATL. The Ocean Sport promises 250+ miles of range and utilises but a single motor, while both Ultra and Extreme get AWD dual-motor setups and 340+ and 350+ miles of claimed range respectively.
All sounding a bit serious? The most expensive ones are unsurprisingly the fastest, clocking a 0-60mph time of 3.6secs and 550bhp. The Ultra gets 540bhp and 0-60mph in 3.9secs, while the lowliest Sport gets 275bhp and a 0-60mph time of 6.9secs. Probably a goldilocks trim level yet to be unearthed in there, one suspects.
There’ll be various drive modes of course, torque vectoring and the ability go off-road, too. All will run on 20s and special Bridgestones, though 22in wheels are optional. There’s lot of onboard assistance in the form of many sensors, while inside its fully vegan: recycled materials including old fishing nets, old t-shirts and renewed rubber.
There’s space for five, and a one-button push lowers all the windows and opens the sunroof. This is called ‘California Mode’. There’s another one called ‘Hollywood Mode’ that rotates the 17.1in central touchscreen from portrait into landscape when parked for the full La La Land experience. Indeed, there’s a 16-speaker, 500w setup with a subwoofer (remember those, Nineties kids?) to really give it some.
Looks smart, too. Slim lights front and rear, a blocky, handsome silhouette allied to that squared-off stance and a good size. Exactly what you'd expect from the same mind that brought you such hits as the Aston Vantage and BMW Z8.
“Our mission is to create the world’s most innovative and sustainable vehicles that are also affordable, and it all starts with the Fisker Ocean as we fully embrace a clean future for all,” Fisker said.
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