It’s only a matter of time before an electric car startup manages to address its lack of mandatory SUVs, and Lucid Motors’ time has come. The company has released the first look at its Gravity SUV ahead of a more formal reveal early next year. So far, the Gravity looks like an earth-powered electric spaceship with a clear view of the star-filled night sky from inside an almost bubble-like greenhouse. Lucid says the SUV will combine supercar levels of performance with more range than any other electric vehicle except its own 520-mile (837 km) EPA-rated Air sedan.
We’d love to see Lucid’s cutting-edge electric lineup decoupled from its increasingly ridiculous and unnecessary “supercar performance levels” to create a semi-affordable and practical electric SUV, but that’s not going to happen…at least not. Again. So for now, the Gravity will be just another high-priced luxury performance super-toy for wealthy folks who want family-friendly hauling space.
That said, the Gravity will push the Lucid family in a more practical direction with two- and three-row configurations for between five and seven seats.
Lucid’s first interior teaser shows how its “Space Concept” really opens up to the six-passenger, three-row SUV format, offering full recliners in the second row. This image also highlights just how expansive the panorama above will be, with the glass roof spanning all front and rear passengers broken only briefly by a hoop-shaped B-pillar and central front beam.
“I’m so thrilled with the results we’re seeing with Lucid Gravity, sparing no opportunity to leverage everything we’ve learned with Lucid Air to create something that warps the vehicle class continuum,” Derek said. Jenkins, senior vice president of design at Lucid Group. “It’s both a supercar in disguise and an SUV with flexible passenger and cargo space that feels impossibly large relative to the vehicle’s exterior size.”
Lucid is still finalizing the Gravity design and specs, but it promises the new SUV will offer more range than any other electric vehicle on the market except its own Air sedan. The Air offers between 410 and 520 miles (660 to 837 km), depending on the version.
Using “EV” and not “electric SUV” to compare Gravity’s lineup to the market suggests that, at the very least, Lucid’s SUV will exceed Tesla’s EPA-estimated 405 miles (652 km). Model S, the next highest. range on the longest-range electric vehicle list. That will make it by far the longest-range electric SUV, even if it doesn’t come too close to the 500-mile (805 km) ranges offered in the Air lineup. It promises to offer a very impressive combination of range, space, performance and utility…but at what cost?
Lucid plans to reveal more details about the full Gravity lineup when reservations open in early 2023. The model will launch in 2024.
Lucid also announced this week that it has begun customer deliveries of the $84,700 480-hp Air Pure AWD sedan and $107,400 620-hp Air Touring AWD sedan models. Meanwhile, it is continuing development of the 1,200hp performance flagship Sapphire for launch in 2023. Its latest tests give more specific numbers to the Sapphire’s performance capabilities, suggesting the car will outrun the Rimac Nevera 0-100 mph (161 km/h) with a sprint of 3.87 seconds before falling well short of the Nevera’s coolness. world speed record for a more modest top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h). The Sapphire will also be capable of a 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 1.89 seconds, according to Lucid.
Source: Lucid Motors
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