Considering the price, there’s a good deal of technology.
Henrik Fisker, the iconic automotive designer, is back with a new electric vehicle, which we first saw at CES 2020.
Los Angeles is home to Fisker Inc. but the Ocean will be built in Graz, Austria by Magna and will begin shipping later this year.
For the price, it’s a good value.
There will be three distinct models of the Fisker Ocean. With a 0-60mph acceleration time of 6.9 seconds, a range of 250 miles (EPA) and an expected range of 440 kilometres (WLTP), the Ocean Sport ($37,499 / £34,990) is the first model.
A 540 horsepower (400 kW) twin motor (AWD) powertrain powers the Ocean Ultra ($49,999 / £48,900) to a 0-60mph speed of 3.9 seconds.
The Ocean Extreme ($68,999 / £59,900) and Ocean One launch edition ($68,999 / £59,900) round out the lineup. A dual-motor (AWD) powertrain provides an estimated range of 350 miles (EPA/WLTP) and a 0-60mph time of 3.6 seconds (EPA/WLTP).
Both lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries and nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) batteries will be provided by CATL for the Ocean’s Sport trim and other trims. It’s impossible to say for certain how much can be done at any one time.
When it comes to vehicle-to-load (V2L), the Ocean will have the same capabilities as both the Ford F150 Lightning and the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which can power a house in the event of an emergency (power appliances and charge other EVs).
Our initial impressions are in, so let’s look at the Ocean’s design; its features; its technology.
It is powered by the sun’s rays.
The Ocean’s appearance is sleek for an SUV, and the design is current and appropriate for an electric vehicle. Big wheels on 22-inch rims give it concept car dimensions, making it stick out in traffic.
The narrow headlights and LED tail lamps remind us of the Land Rover Evoque / Velar, which also influenced the design of this vehicle. In addition to the lit Ocean logos on the front and rear, the side mirror turn signal repeaters have a unique form.
The bend in the back door and the extra LED lights in the D pillars are also appealing to us. The California Mode, available in the Ultra and Extreme / One trims, lowers all the Ocean’s windows at the push of a button—including Doggie Power Windows in the D pillars and in the tailgate, as well as a power glass roof—for an open, Jeep- or Bronco-like experience, without the hassle of having to remove body panels. This is a standout feature.
Solar panels are installed on the Extreme and One trims of power glass roof to give an extra 1,500-2,000 miles (2,400-3,000 kilometres) of annual range, depending on the region.
On the inside of the Ocean, Fisker employs recyclable materials such as recycled plastic bottles to create a sleek and futuristic interior. The interior design is reminiscent of both the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Polestar 2 in general.
It has a spinning display in the middle.
We were permitted to sit in the Ocean despite the fact that it was just on static exhibit at Fisker’s stand. Despite the fact that all of the displays and controls were inaccessible, the driver’s seat is quite pleasant and the cabin is very roomy.
The Ocean’s 17.1-inch 21:9 aspect ratio touchscreen, which can be used in portrait or landscape mode, is the most eye-catching feature of the vehicle.
The two-spoke steering wheel has scroll wheels and stalks reminiscent of the Model 3 while you’re in the driver’s seat (indicators and wipers on the left, gear selector on the right).
While Tesla’s Ocean had a few typical buttons and switches for headlights, parking brake, side mirror adjustments and rudimentary temperature functioning, the latter controls looked to be a 3D-printed replica (below the central screen).
The Ocean has a dashboard-mounted rectangular instrument display, similar to the one seen on the Mustang Mach-E. At the bottom of the left A pillar, there is a driver monitoring camera (and presumably the right A pillar in future RHD cars).
The central console looks to include two large Qi-compatible wireless charging pads, despite the lack of any evident USB connections for charging.
Additionally, the door sills are embossed with the word “power” and include a vertical blue stripe running the length of them (on the edge of the battery pack).
As a whole, the Ocean’s interior seems to be a pleasant place to spend time, particularly considering the low price of $37,499. Cargo space behind the 40/60-folding back seats is similarly generous, measuring 25 cubic feet (707 litres) when the seats are up to 45 cubic feet (1274 litres) when they are down.
Sadly, the Ocean does not have a frunk (front trunk). The hood (bonnet) is sealed, same as the Mercedes EQS, and can only be opened with special equipment. In the words of Fisker, this is done on purpose, and mostly to save money.
As a result, even if the trunk (or boot) has plenty of capacity for additional storage, the use of a sealed hood eliminates the need for additional hinges, a latch, gas struts, light fixtures, tubs, and trim pieces. Fair.
It’s a blend of high-tech and comfort
On paper, the Ocean seems to be a no-brainer in terms of technology. Fisker Intelligent Pilot is a collection of ADAS and safety features that includes self-parking, a 360-degree view, LTE connection, over-the-air (OTA) updates, and phone-as-a-key, among other things. Fisker Intelligent Pilot
As you might imagine, we didn’t have a chance to properly test this electric vehicle, so we’ll have to wait for a more in-depth report when we do.
Dual-zone temperature control, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and an immersive audio system dubbed Fisker Hypersound are just some of the creature amenities included in the Ocean.
An extra rear touchscreen for temperature control is included on the Extreme and One models, as well as power reclining back seats. The Extreme / One and Ultra trims have three driving modes (Earth, Fun, and Hyper), whereas the Sport trim has two (Earth and Fun).
All in all, we’re impressed with the Ocean’s outstanding list of characteristics and features.
As of this writing, the Fisker Karma starts at $37,499 (before incentives), and a maintenance-included lease beginning at $379 per month (with $2,999 down) will be available.
Despite the fact that the SUV we saw in Barcelona wasn’t nearly production-ready, Magna is a manufacturing behemoth, so it’s safe to assume that Fisker will fulfil its volume production targets.
Stay tuned for our first drive and review of the Ocean, which we hope to have up and running in the coming months.