With the combination of stimulating design, confidence-inspiring driving, and technology, the GS-6 extended range electric vehicle (EREV) by Karma Design Staff for Karma Automotive LLC. is a formidable competitor in the “new luxury” sedan segment.
The GS-6 was awarded a 2021 Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Offered in three variants (Standard, Luxury, and Sport) the GS-6 with the anticipated all-electric GSe-6 is Karma Automotive LLC’s first-ever pure battery electric vehicle (BEV).
All GS-6 models benefit from the exclusive design and craftsmanship that Karma Automotive is known for, while offering high-tech customization that allows every Karma to be personal and special to its owner.
The GS-6 family is available with convenience and safety features including an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) which features Adaptive Cruise Control (with “Stop & Go” feature), Lane Keep Support (LKS, with hands-off detection/warning and haptic steering wheel response for unintended lane departure), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), 360-degree Surround View Cameras System (SVCS), and Parking Distance Monitoring (PDM).
The haptic steering wheel can also control audio and phone functions, cameras, driving modes, adaptive cruise control, and the 3-mode regenerative braking system.
The GS-6 also has heated power side view mirrors, eight airbags, an anti-theft alarm, Over-the-Air (OTA) remote diagnostics and software update functionality, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay®, Android AutoTM, and integrates Karma mobile app support.
Assembled at Karma’s Innovation and Customization Center (KICC) in Moreno Valley, California, which has offered world-class engineering, design, customization, and manufacturing services along with electrification platforms since it opened in 2017.
The 28 kW HV battery pack together with a 1.5-liter turbocharged powerplant mated to an onboard generator provides electricity to the 400 kW 2-motor propulsion system that offers a compelling combination of drivability, performance, and efficiency.
Karma vehicles have a long and well-established reputation for excellent design and the GS-6 is no exception with focused customization options, including elements like reclaimed wood salvaged from California wildfires, carbon fiber, and a range of five interior leather color combinations.
Karma has introduced two new exterior colors –Saguaro Green and Imperial Copper– that will join a diverse palette comprised of 10 other California-themed hues.
The GS-6 will also offer a black-out option and various exterior carbon fiber elements.
The GS-6 and GS-6L will come standard with 21-inch Cascade Silver wheels and slate-colored Brembo disc brake calipers, while the top-of-the line GS-6S will come standard with 22-inch Dune Twist Midnight Chrome wheels with red Brembo calipers mated to vented discs.
Optional caliper colors also include silver, blue, yellow and two shades of orange and certain trim levels include options for either 21- or 22-inch wheels and surface finishes.
The high-resolution connected displays in the GS-6 serve as the information hubs for tech-forward drivers, controlling the vehicle systems such as steering feel, accelerator pedal aggressiveness, ADAS behavior, HVAC, audio functions, camera displays, and other vehicle systems.
In addition, the center display on the GS-6 features personalized comfort zones for heated and vented seats, mirrors, temperature, audio and lighting.
Upon accessing the “Energy” page via the center-mounted touch-screen, the driver can enter “Track Mode” which provides several statistics including energy flow, tire pressure and temperature, speed, torque, lap times, g-forces, energy usage, battery function, engine temperature, fuel usage and driving history.
The “Driver Stats” page holds the vehicle’s achievement records and can encourage them to “beat” their previous records for racetrack environments or driving efficiency.
The “Energy History” page provides current and historical energy usage, where energy-conscious drivers can monitor the vehicle’s efficiency over various trips and receive an energy efficiency score, as well as displaying a multitude of other dials and data points.
Project: Karma GS-6
Designers: Karma Design Staff, Karma Automotive LLC
Manufacturer: Karma Automotive LLC