After Air, Gravity
Lucid, the American electric car startup based in California and manufacturing in Arizona, has won praise for its stunning, if expensive Lucid Air sedan, which combines incredible performance and exceptionally long range; some versions top 500 miles, according to the EPA. Its next product, which will hit customers’ driveways in 2024, is the Lucid Gravity SUV – which has just begun testing on public roads throughout the U.S.
Space for Seven in an Electric SUV
The Lucid Gravity builds on the same set of ideas that have made the Lucid Air such an attractive proposition – spaciousness, performance, and efficiency. Like the Air, which is built on a ground-up EV platform and has incredibly compact drive units, the Lucid Gravity promises an incredible amount of space for seven people, while also offering supercar performance and more range than any other electric SUV on the market.
Initial renderings of the Gravity show a huge, roomy interior with flexible seating configurations for five, six, or seven passengers in two and three-row configurations. Up front is Lucid’s next-generation glass cockpit with high-resolution displays everywhere, and driver and passengers are surrounded by glass, including huge transparent panels in the roof. The company calls its look “post-luxury design,” inspired y the laid-back, but high-end lifestyle of its home state of California.
While Lucid has yet to share final specifications of the Gravity, we can expect for several versions to be available, offering increasingly high levels of performance and range at several different price points.
What Can We Learn from the Lucid Air?
The Air lineup starts with the Pure model, which comes with an 88-kWh battery and is a power output of 480 hp. With rear-wheel drive, its EPA-rated range is 406 miles, which exceeds almost everything on the market. Next up is a Touring model with 620 hp and all-wheel drive, with the same 406-mile range rating. The top model is the Air Grand Touring, which has a range of 516 miles, a 112-kWh batteries, and up to 800 hp and all-wheel drive.
All Lucid models include the company’s DreamDrive advanced driver-assistance package, which has 32 sensors and 14 cameras, providing active cruise control and many active-safety functions including surround view monitor, blind spot display, cross traffic protection, automatic emergency braking, and even autonomous parking assist.
Higher-end models add DreamDrive Pro, with additional computing and sensor hardware for features to be delivered via over-the-air (OTA) software updates. This means that, as of now, you don’t get any additional functionality, but are prepared for semi-autonomous functions to be added to the vehicle down the road. That includes the use of Lidar sensors, which deliver high-resolution data with an ultra-wide field of view, helping the vehicle detect what a human driver cannot, and act as an invisible co-pilot to increase safety.
Taking Reservations Now
The Lucid Gravity will land in 2024, and the company is now taking reservations. Lucid is currently finalizing the vehicle’s production design and final specifications, in parallel with continuing the expansion of its factory in Casa Grande, Arizona.