New Fisker Ocean electric SUV to take on Tesla Model Y

The Fisker Ocean is confirmed for the UK; we have prices and a release date

Fisker Ocean in orange
  • New electric SUV with 250-350 miles of range
  • Starting price of £32,490
  • UK launch scheduled for 2023

The new Fisker Ocean is coming to the UK to rival the Tesla Model Y. Revealed at the LA Motor Show, the Ocean is an electric SUV with a range of between 250 and 350 miles. It’s expected to be launched in the UK in 2023, with prices set to undercut its main rival.

Fisker Ocean price and release date

Although it’s already on sale in the US, we’ll have to wait a year or two before the Ocean is available here. Fisker is targeting a 2023 release date in the UK, while prices are set to start from £32,490 for the entry-level Sport trim. Other versions will be called Ultra and Extreme, which will cost £48,900 and £59,900 respectively.

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The first 5,000 cars to roll off the production line will be Fisker Ocean One launch editions, based on the top-spec Extreme model. The launch edition hasn’t been confirmed for the UK just yet.

A UK dealership network isn’t planned. Instead, there’ll be ‘experience centres’ in prominent locations and orders will be taken online.

Styling

Fisker has tried to make the Ocean SUV look sporty, with a sculpted front end and wide wheel arches. It’s said to be aerodynamically efficient, and the ultra-slim front and rear lights give it a modern look that stands out. There’s a reason for the unusual-looking windowline - the car’s ‘California’ mode drops all the windows except the windscreen. The rear window can also drop individually to facilitate carrying long items.

Fisker Ocean in orange - rear

Measuring just under 4.8m long, the Fisker Ocean is the same length as the BMW iX3 and Tesla Model Y, and the wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) is long, allowing a big battery to be fitted.

Range and performance

The entry-level Fisker Ocean Sport manages around 250 miles on a charge, while the Ultra and Extreme get a different battery that’s in excess of 80kWh - bigger than the longest-range battery option for the Volkswagen ID.4. Ultra is said to manage 340 miles on a charge, while Extreme promises more than 350. In sunnier countries, a solar-powered roof is available and can add up to 2,000 miles of range per year.

Company CEO Henrik Fisker spoke to our sister site Auto Express and said the Ocean drives like a sports car thanks to instant torque and torque vectoring. The car’s 0-60mph times are certainly impressive; Sport takes 6.9 seconds and has 271bhp, while the Ultra has a huge 533bhp and sprints to 60mph in 3.9 seconds. The Extreme drops the time by three-tenths of a second, beating the GT version of the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

Interior

Fisker Ocean interior

The cabin seems to have been influenced by the Model Y and the Mustang. There’s a big central touchscreen and a slim digital driver’s display but otherwise the interior is very minimalist. Fisker has fitted physical buttons on the steering wheel and for the climate control, which should make functions easier to use.

The central touchscreen measures 17.1 inches across, and can be swivelled between portrait and landscape orientations. While driving, the screen is portrait but stop - when you’re waiting for it to charge, for example - and you can watch movies on the screen in landscape mode. As with many of its rivals, updates happen over-the-air.

Fisker is a brand focused on sustainability, so the seat fabric and floor are made from recycled T-shirts and plastic bottles.

There are no boot space figures yet but the Fisker Ocean is a spacious car and the brand is mulling over a seven-seat version in which the second row of seats would be brought forwards to accommodate a third behind it.

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