Fisker is known for its large, luxury EVs, but the brand is developing exciting technology for its new compact SUV.
The Pear is a year and a half away from production, but it will bring more customers into the Fisker, combining compact proportions with clever packaging. Flexible cabin architecture allows for a five- or six-seater layout, with the latter featuring a two-person front-row bench, echoing MPVs of the 1990s and early 2000s, like Fiat’s Multipla.
Fisker hopes to address an issue on all modern SUVs with the Pear – forward corner visibility.
As crash safety regulations for all vehicles become more stringent, especially regarding rollover roof-crush structures, many new cars have enormously oversized A-pillars. This results in larger unsighted areas and forward field of view blindspots due to the intrusion of overengineered A-pillars.
Enhanced A-pillar prevents roof structure deformation in a rollover crash but creates significant low-speed blind spots for drivers when navigating complex urban driving environments at low speeds.
Designers and engineers at Fisker are working on optimising the Pear’s surround-view camera system, to create an augmented field-of-view display. The idea is to relay a live video feed into the cabin, allowing a driver to ‘see’ through the A-pillar.
Powering this enhanced driver assistance is Fisker’s new Blade computer system. Fisker has software-engineered code for the Blade’s functions, and its properties are impressive. Pear occupants will benefit from high-speed 5G mobile and WiFi 6 grade wireless network connectivity. The Pear’s Balde computer is rated at 6.2 teraflops.
Little is known about the Pear compact SUV’s battery specification. The only technical information about the Pear’s EV configuration is that there will be two battery pack options for ranges of 180- or 320 miles.
An entry-level Pear will be rear-wheel drive with a single motor, while the other versions feature a dual-motor configuration, enabling all-wheel drive traction.