Is The Karma GS 6 The Perfect Middle Ground Between Full-Electric and Gas-Powered Cars?
It looks spectacular, is feature-rich, and comes with an electric-only range of 80 milesby Sidd Dhimaan, on
Karma Automotive is back in the news, this time for the introduction of its latest vehicle called the GS-6. The GS-6 is essentially the Revero GT that the company revealed in the past, but with few significant changes. Karma plans to use the Revero moniker for a future, upmarket product.
Anyway, the GS-6 is a plug-in hybrid vehicle that debuts in the “new luxury” segment; a term coined by Karma to perhaps create a new niche. The GS-6 is not priced as exorbitantly high as the previous products and starts under $100,000.
The Southern California-based automaker has based the design of the GS-6 on the Revero GT. The Revero was a good-looking car, so it’s good to see the same design elements on a cheaper product. It will come with 21-inch wheels on the base and mid trims, and with 22-inch wheels on the top trim. The calipers can be painted as per your preference. The GS-6 will be available in a dozen exterior shades, including two new in the company’s palette called Saguaro Green and Imperial Copper.
On the inside, it looks quite luxurious. Karma will offer five different leather color combinations to choose from. You will have the option to opt for a carbon fiber package as well, and include elements like reclaimed wood salvaged from California wildfires. Other features include heated and ventilated seats, an eight-speaker audio system, and over-the-air updates. On the tech front, it comes with a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Karma GS-6 comes with a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine and a pair of electric motors.
Combined, the system makes 536 horses and 550 pound-feet of torque. Karma terms of the GS-6 as range-extender vehicles and it is true to its name. The 28-kWh battery pack can provide an electric-only range of up to 80 miles. With both propulsion systems working in tandem, you can attain an overall range of up to 360 miles.
|Engine||1.5-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged + 2 electric motors|
|Electric range||80 miles|
|Overall range||360 miles|
|0 to 60 mph||3.8 seconds|
The GS-6 features three different drive modes – Stealth, Sustain, and Sport. In the Stealth mode, the car runs purely on electric mode. In the Sustain mode, the engine is engaged to recuperate the batteries, and in the Stealth mode, both the powertrains work simultaneously to achieve maximum performance. In the Sport mode, the GS-6 hits 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.8 seconds.
Since this is a plug-in hybrid car, it can be connected to an external source to replenish the battery. With a Level 2 home charger, the battery can be fully charged in four hours, and with a 45 kW DC fast charger, it can recharge to 90-percent in 34 minutes.
The car comes with a plethora of safety and driver-assistance features. The list includes:
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Lane Keeping Support
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Blind-Spot Mirror
- Curve Adaptive Headlights
- Surround-View Camera System
- Rear-Cross Traffic Alert
- Parking Distance Monitor
The Karma GS-6 will be offered in three different trims – Standard, Luxury, and Sport. It starts at $83,900 for the base trim, but we’re yet to know the prices of the others. The prices are before the federal and state tax credits.
The company has reiterated the fact that the GS-6 is highly customizable. So, it won’t be surprising if the GS-6 in its top trim with all the goodies goes well over $100,000.
Karma will follow this up with its first-ever pure-electric vehicle called the GSe-6 later this year and it will start at $79,900.