Company previews all-electric crossover, which is planned to go into production from 2021 and will be the first of three affordable EVs.

Fisker, the car company founded by designer Henrik Fisker, has released a teaser image of an affordable all-electric crossover to be revealed later this year.

Said to feature a "futuristic, elegant muscular look", the new electric SUV has a prominent lower grille and a glass plate for the radar system where a traditional upper grille would normally reside.

The crossover will come standard with a battery pack rated at over 80kWh, and a target driving range of around 480 kilometres (300 miles).

Higher-end models will be available with 22-inch alloy wheels, and an all-wheel drive system featuring an electric motor for each axle.

According to the company, the cabin will have a head-up display, an "intuitive user interface that will control some of the latest emerging in-vehicle technologies", and plenty of high quality materials.

There will also be an extended length sunroof-style mechanism for an "open-air atmosphere ... without compromising the rugged and safe structural integrity" of the car.

Fisker plans to reveal a driveable prototype of the vehicle by the end of 2019. The company says it is "finalising the selection of a facility, located in the United States" to produce the vehicle from the second-half of 2021.

The base model of the as-yet unnamed electric crossover will be priced around US$40,000 ($56,800), meaning it will compete head on with the Tesla Model Y.

Released late last week, the Model Y will go into production in 2020, and its entry-level variant will be priced from US$39,000 ($56,300).

Fisker's new affordable electric crossover is planned to be the first of three mass-market EVs.

With the company now focussing on volume vehicles, it has decided to delay the introduction of the previously-revealed EMotion.

Originally slated to go into production this year with lithium-ion batteries, the low-volume flagship sedan will be delayed until the company's solid-state battery is ready for prime time.