Set to make an official debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September, the production ready-version of the new lineup of hybrid cars from Fisker will be offered with a second body style. Aimed at the deep-pocketed Superchunk fan, the Fisker Karma Surf, a market-ready version of the Surf Concept Shooting Brake, will expand the company’s existing range of cars and would possible hit showrooms at the beginning of 2013 or even by the end of 2012.
The US manufacturer has also hinted that the vehicle will be given a retractable hardtop by March next year and the convertible variant will be showcased at next year’s Geneva Auto Salon. The vehicle is being slated to be a crossover between a station wagon and a sports car which will respect our natural environment and will be crafted with sustainable use of resources.
According to the manufacturer, the vehicle will combine economy, utility, style, luxury and performance with a flexible load-carrying capacity and some additional features that make it a more evolved variant of the Fisker Karma. With a silhouette that closely resembles the Ferrari FF, the new Surf will offer a range of 50 miles (80km) in battery only mode with a total range of 483 km and comes equipped with solar panels for additional charging. When the battery runs out of charge, the vehicle can make use of the turbocharged 2L four-cylinder engine as a range-extender though the RWD Surf will primarily be run on a pair of in-wheel electric motors.
Fisker’s Valmet, Finland-based manufacturing unit can produce around 15,000 units of the vehicle per year though the manufacturer intends to order just 7,000 Karma saloons each year, about 3,500 examples of which are expected to be Surf-branded.