2000 Norwegians are already on the waiting list.
Nova Spectrum, Lillstrom: Starting at just NOK 372,000 for a luxury SUV from an American manufacturer and Danish designer, there’s a little “as usual” with the Fisker Ocean.
The car has a number of similarities to the Range Rover, standing on the show floor in Lillestrøm – certainly nicer than the slightly odd angles from the front that hide the unpleasant, almost flat roofline at the rear. Here, it might look like you’ve gone for more practical features than dazzling design.
Around the perimeter on display, Fisker representatives make software modifications to turn on the marker lights and make the tailgate open fully without the help of strong-willed arms.
It is, after all, a prototype we’re seeing, albeit one of the last before the assembly line turns to auto manufacturing for delivery in the first quarter of 2023. That’s going to happen in November.
Like previous Fisker projects, Ocean has an environmental profile in both name and implementation. For this car, a lot revolves around recycling plastic. Here there is 50 kilograms of recycled plastic in various places in the car, and it should be more than in any other production car.
In addition, the car’s energy consumption is supported by a massive solar panel on the large glass roof. The roof, by the way, can be fully opened in more expensive versions of the car. Cheaper and mid-priced variants get regular panoramic sunroofs without solar cells, and in the entry-level version, the Ocean Sport, they can’t open.
Unusually, some of the smallest car windows with the roof and regular windows can also open in “California mode” – you know, when the car’s in the sun all day and you feel the sauna air against you when you open – or when you simply need to hang your skateboard from the rear window.
At 477cm in length, the circumference is about halfway between the Volvo XC40’s recharge and the Nio ES8’s size – it’s just 30cm longer than the Volvo and about the same shorter than the Nio.
That means this is a “correctly” big SUV, which doesn’t look like a massive battleship in the parking lot, but still has relatively good room for adults front and rear, plus a 566-liter luggage compartment even the hat racks.
The luggage compartment is smaller than, for example, a Skoda Enyaq (585 liters), but the number is only measured up to the top of the rear seats, and therefore it is likely that they will lie down a little because the cabin itself is quite high. However, the car has no decoration.
So, our test car isn’t fully finished, and we’re told it doesn’t have a height-adjustable steering wheel. This resulted in the bus feeling when we had to grab the steering wheel, and the driving data screen slightly disappearing behind the steering gear. But this should be taken care of in the final version.
The only thing we’re not sure about would be “fixed” is the fairly cheap and plastic expression of the turn signal lever and the roof beam running through the panoramic sunroof. The latter made a hollow plastic ringtone when we clicked on it. Neither we nor anyone else has been allowed to touch the infotainment screen.
There’s a great deal of plastic in this car, and the seats (in “MaliBlu”) are upholstered in a blend of what Fisker calls EcoSuede and EcoLeather — both made from partially recycled polyester. When it comes to feeling luxurious, the screen material scores 6/10, compared to many comparable SUVs. But then the price of the entire range of Ocean models is a little lower than many – the most expensive models are 625,000 NOK.
The rear seat is nice and spacious, but flat and “lack of design”. We don’t see anything quite like the full, deep luxury seats of some other large SUV. It’s high under the roof, but the solar roof gives a rather significant “hump” on the side that can quickly get in the way of longer passengers.
The driver’s seats feel somewhat more comfortable and “correct” for a car this size.
In the middle of the instrument panel is a large 17-inch screen that, in the two more expensive versions, can change direction as needed. Fisker calls it a revolution, but we’ve seen it before – the Chinese at BYD have been toying with this kind of concept for years already. But it’s a flexible solution that can come in handy, and BYD is new to the European market.
There will be a number of automatic functions and driver assistants in the Ocean systems when they are ready – more in the two most expensive models, known as Extreme and One, than in the Sport and Ultra, which are more expensive.
For the most expensive, he promised a range of 630 kilometers, while the cheapest – up to 440 kilometers. The Ultra, which is in the middle, got the 610 and offers all-wheel drive.
Henrik Fisker is best known as an automotive designer from BMW and Ford, but in recent years he has tried to create and operate his own brand. So far it hasn’t fared well, and the Fisker Karma is the only car so far to hit mass production and roads – albeit only for a short time.
There are a few reasons why you’re not sure if Ocean will hit its goals as well – perhaps especially for the very low starting price of NOK 372,000. Perhaps the comparison with Tesla’s many promises about very cheap model variants that were ultimately not delivered is both fun and “scary”.
In the course of a recent Fisker project, the company also experimented with solid state batteries, or solid state if you like. They were initially supposed to be ready for it by 2023, before saying in 2018 they were ahead of schedule and would be ready by 2020. Last year, they dropped their plans for such battery technology that could make cars faster to charge and Less susceptible to temperatures, to mention something.
Henrik Fisker says Fisker has 61,000 paid reservations at Ocean worldwide Car News. Of these, 2,000 are in Norway, and all are scheduled to be delivered during 2023. A showroom is also planned in central Oslo.
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