It’s the brand’s first SUV.
The Lucid Gravity can seat up to seven passengers.
Range exceeds 700 km.
The small American manufacturer Lucid Motors may not have revolutionized the automotive industry in the same way as its rival Tesla, but the Lucid Air sedan already has its fanbase across North America and beyond.
For this year’s Los Angeles Mobility Show, however, Lucid had something entirely new to show car fansc, as well as the automotive press gathered in California’s metropolis. That something new is the Gravity utility vehicle, a three-row crossover whose main target is clearly the Tesla Model X.
Note that this is finally the production version of the vehicle, Lucid having already revealed a few images a little over a year ago. With this new product, the small automaker can finally aspire to higher sales figures than those recorded with the brand’s only car, the Air.
The new model adopts the same design as the Air sedan. The very vertical front section, for example, conceals the headlamps under this band at the end of the hood, while the windows, although generous with their panoramic glass roof, remain rather narrow on the sides of the vehicle.
Gravity’s rear end is decidedly more spectacular, with a very wide D-pillar and the impression of a “floating roof”, while the tailgate, which encompasses the single taillight as on Audi SUVs, is also superbly integrated into the vehicle’s rounded silhouette.
Lucid Motors is also showing its colors with an estimated range of 708 km (440 miles), despite the fact that strategists claim that the battery would be half that of its class rivals. We’ll have to wait until later, however, to find out just how much capacity Lucid has to offer.
A drag coefficient of 0.24 should also contribute to the vehicle’s impressive range. What’s more, its 900-volt architecture should allow recharges of up to 322 km (200 miles) in just 15 minutes.
The exterior design is relatively simplistic to help with aerodynamics, but the cabin respects the high-luxury philosophy established by the Air sedan. The dashboard is unsurprisingly adorned with very large screens, one that extends behind the steering wheel to the center (34 inches wide) and another, housed lower down, for other controls. Finally, Lucid also integrates traditional buttons at the base of this median screen. The center console can accommodate two smart devices at the same time for charging.
And since three-row SUVs are all the rage these days, the Lucid Gravity offers just enough space for seven passengers, with those in the second row even entitled to two shelves like in an airliner.
No powertrain specs have yet been released, but Lucid does claim a 0-96 km/h time of 3.5 seconds. What’s more, the SUV can carry up to 1,500 lb in its cabin and towing up to 6,000 lb. A must for glamping enthusiasts. Finally, Lucid is aiming for a base price of 80,000 US dollars, which would seriously affect a certain Tesla Model X. The only problem is that production won’t start until late 2024.