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Fisker Shows Atlantic Small Sedan

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On: Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 2:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fisker Shows Atlantic Small Sedan

While it may take some time to actually get it to market, Fisker revealed a design prototype of its next car - the small sedan built under the Project Nina umbrella. Called the Atlantic, the sedan is every bit as sporty and aggressive as the Karma. There's not much not to like about the new, sporty plug-in.

Henrik Fisker may not have proven himself particularly adept at running a start-up, but the man can flat out design a car. The Atlantic will play second fiddle to the Karma in terms of package and pricing, but it looks every bit as stylish and upscale as its big brother. Fisker essentially whittles the Karma's sexy look into a smaller package while adding some new elements.

The Atlantic features a similar overall shape to the Karma, but gets a more fastback-like profile thanks to the shorter trunk. The Atlantic also has more lines on its flanks that help give it a dynamic look. The split grille is similar but redesigned, and the front end gets some new styling and inlets. Fisker describes the new headlights as giving an "eagle eye with a strength of strong character not seen on a production car before." In back a sharp, new lip spoiler and slim LEDs define the rear fascia.

Fisker doesn't fully detail the powertrain but says the Atlantic will use the second generation EVer platform, which will include a four-cylinder range-extending gas engine not attached to the wheels and a motor or two powering the rear wheels. The car will also have an all-wheel-drive option.

Fisker is mum on the timeframe for Atlantic development, but newly appointed CEO Tom LaSorda did say: "Fisker Automotive is transitioning from a start-up automaker to a fully-fledged mainstream car manufacturer and the Atlantic is a crucial milestone in that process. We have a long way to go, but in the near future Fisker intends to deliver this exceptional American-designed, engineered, and manufactured vehicle to showrooms worldwide."

The Atlantic is rumored for around the $50,000 mark.

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