Even with a good chunk of time since the Karma Revero emerged from the ashes of the Fisker Karma through the aid of the China’s Wanxiang Group, the sports luxury sub-EV still holds only a niche foothold in its market - small though it remains.
Along with its efforts to expand the car’s appeal, its mechanical and technological package is no doubt starting to age, utilising the same combination of 2.0-litre Ecotec turbo-petrol four-pot with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. While adequate, the premium four-door coupe’s customers demand more.
In response, the California-based Karma Automotive are reportedly in the final stages of development of a new Revero. One that ditches GM combustion source in favour of one supplied by BMW - likely to be the 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol that lives in the middle of the i8 hybrid.
In addition, a denser lithium ion battery array and dual electric motors for its rear wheels will also be sourced from the Munich automaker, enabling a longer overall as well as zero emissions range. Performance should be significantly improved too with a 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds or almost a second faster than the current Revero.
It should be noted, though, that the 2019 Revero might rely much more on its electric propulsion than that generated by its petrol engine to achieve a similar combined output of 301kW to the original Revero and Fisker Karma.
The company also has plans to take its business outside its sole market, the United States, and into regions in Europe and, crucially, Asia, thus the updated Revero’s expected presence at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show in later April.
According to sources and spy shots of the new car, Karma isn’t keen on making many stylistic changes to the car, rather have it remain faithful to the original design by Henrik Fisker. Upon its reintroduction to Europe and other markets, it will no doubt attract the same comparisons the Tesla Model S as its predecessor.
It will also need to fend off rivals such as the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid and the BMW 745e, among other electrified luxury four-doors. The coming years will also play host to the launch of a number of fully electric cars from mainstream manufacturers, such as the Porsche Taycan, potentially dampening the Revero’s thunder even more.
Karma will also be unveiling an all-new model called the Vision concept at the Shanghai Motor Show. The mysterious new project looks to be an even sportier electric vehicle a very low stance and scissor doors a’la Lamborghini.