It’s only a matter of time before electric car startups overcome the mandatory SUV shortage, and Lucid Motors’ time is now. The company has released a first look at its Gravity SUV ahead of a more formal reveal early next year. So far, Gravity looks like an earthly electric spaceship with a clear view of the star-filled night sky from inside an almost bubble-like glasshouse. Lucid says the SUV will combine supercar performance levels with more driving range than any other EV out there, save for itself. 520 miles (837-km) EPA-rated Air sedan.
We’d love to see Lucid’s world-beating electric range be separated from the more ridiculous and unnecessary “supercar performance levels” to create a semi-capable, practical electric SUV, but that’s not happening… at least not yet. So for now, Gravity will be a high-priced super-luxury toy for wealthy people who want family hauling space.
That said, the Gravity will push the Lucid family in a more practical direction with two- and three-row configurations between five and seven seats.
Lucid’s first interior teaser shows how its “Space Concept” actually unfolds in a six-seat, three-row SUV format, offering a full recliner in the second row. The image also highlights how expansive the panorama is above, the glass roof that stretches above all front and rear passengers, broken only briefly by the hoop-like B-pillar and the central front beam.
“I’m thrilled with the results we’ve seen with Lucid Gravity, there’s been no chance to build on everything we’ve learned with Lucid Air to create something that continuously changes the vehicle class,” said Derek Jenkins, Lucid Group senior VP of design. “It’s a supercar disguised as an SUV with flexible passenger and cargo space that seems impossibly large compared to the vehicle’s exterior size.”
Lucid is still finalizing the Gravity’s design and spec sheet, but it promises the new SUV will offer more range than any other EV on the market, except for its own Air sedan. The Air offers between 410 and 520 miles (660 to 837 km), depending on the trim.
The use of “EV” and not “electric SUV” to compare the Gravity’s range to the market suggests that, at the very least, the Lucid SUV will top the Tesla Model S’ 405 EPA-estimated miles (652 km), the next highest. range on the list of longest range EVs. That would make it the longest-range electric SUV by a good margin, though not too close to the 500-mile (805-km) range offered in the Air lineup. It promises to offer an incredible combination of range, space, performance and utility… but at what price?
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 and $107,400 620-hp Air Touring AWD sedan models. In the meantime, continue to develop it 1,200-hp Sapphire performance flagship heading for a 2023 launch. Recent tests put more specific numbers on Sapphire’s performance capabilities, showing that the car will accelerate the Rimac Nevera from 0 to 100 mph (161-km/h) with a sprint of 3.87 seconds before finishing well behind the new Nevera . world speed record for a top speed of 205-mph (330 km/h) is more modest. The Sapphire will also be capable of a 1.89 seconds 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h), according to Lucid.
Source: Lucid Motors