The Karma Revero is back – though, we're not really sure where it went. After Chinese investors acquired the rights to Henrik Fisker's hybrid brainchild in 2015, the new company quietly rolled out a refreshed prototype with a new name. But now it appears the Revero is getting another reset, this time with help from BMW.
The new-and-improved Karma Revero, scheduled for a debut at Auto Shanghai 2019, adopts BMW's TwinPower three-cylinder turbocharged engine. The two companies first teamed up in 2015, but only now are we seeing the collaboration in action. The gas engine works together with Karma's new twin electric motor drive system and high-voltage NMC lithium-ion battery pack, improving the sedan's 60 (96 kilometers per hour) time by a full second. The 2020 Karma Rever will hit 60 in just 4.5 seconds.
"We created a world-class electric vehicle drive system that delivers the performance and packaging requirements of the new Revero," said Bob Kruse, Karma's Chief Technology Officer. "Alongside a series of other technological advancements, the new 2020 Revero is as fast as it looks."
As Kruse mentions, this isn't just a mechanical update. The 2020 Karma Revero also gets an all-new look. The teaser pictured here shows a bit more than the first, and hints at the Revero's new profile. The first image, released in March, showed the shadowy Revero's new lines from above.
Gallery: Karma Revero Spy Photos
We'll have to wait until Auto Shanghai opens it doors, though, to see the new Revero in full. Karma promises a "Big Three" range of products in Shanghai. We already know the Pininfarina-styled Vision concept is slated for release alongside the new Karma, but we expect the third model to be an SUV concept.
Southern California-based automaker Karma Automotive’s new 2020 Revero luxury electric vehicle will use a BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder in-line engine supplied by BMW AG to power an on-board electric generator and enhance overall vehicle performance.
Karma’s engineering team embarked on a complete redesign of the all-electric powertrain that underpins the new 2020 Revero. After extensive evaluation the team selected the highly-charged BMW engine as the optimal choice to support a new and more powerful high-voltage NMC lithium-ion battery pack and a new, transversely mounted, twin-motor rear drive module (RDM). The new Revero will debut at Auto Shanghai 2019 later this month and reach retailer showrooms during the second half of this year.
The enhanced technology found in the 2020 Revero improves 0-60mph performance, according to Bob Kruse, Karma’s Chief Technology Officer, noting that the car will hit that mark in 4.5 seconds, nearly a full second faster than the model it replaces.
“We created a world-class electric vehicle drive system that delivers the performance and packaging requirements of the new Revero,” Kruse said. “Alongside a series of other technological advancements, the new 2020 Revero is as fast as it looks.”
The 2020 Revero, along with Karma’s Pininfarina-designed concept car and its all-electric Vision concept car, will form the automaker’s “Big Three” product announcement at Auto Shanghai 2019. Taken together Karma’s Shanghai Big Three products shows the automaker’s short, medium and long-term vision.
BMW AG started working with Karma in 2015 to help develop the onboard generator systems used in the company’s new Revero. The collaboration is an example of how Karma embraces relationships with like-minded technology leaders to help spur innovation and speed-up product development.
“BMW AG is a natural fit for Karma’s luxury-tech focus because it is a proven technology leader renowned for conceiving and delivering ground-breaking innovations,” Kruse said.