Here’s an Early Glimpse of the Lucid Gravity SUV
Lucid Motors preps its second EV model, the Gravity SUV, for debut as it undergoes testing in the US.
The EV startup plans to begin production of the Gravity in 2024, and it's expected to use many of the same underpinnings from the Air sedan.
The EV maker has lowered prices for its luxury Air sedan, which went into production over a year ago.
The Lucid Air sedan may have captured the EV world's attention with its 520-mile EPA rating as well as its stratospheric performance numbers last year, along with equally stratospheric prices. But the luxury EV sedan isn't the only vehicle on which Lucid is staking its future and its hopes for actual profitability.
The automaker has an SUV in the works and has just revealed photos of the upcoming model testing in the US still clad in camo.
The Gravity's exterior design borrows quite a bit from the Lucid Air sedan, offering a sleek if somewhat derivative look. What is clear at this stage is that Lucid will not seek to replicate the coupe-style look of some of its competitors with the Gravity, opting for more space and practicality inside, with seating for seven.
"The Lucid Air redefined the sedan category, and as our technology continues to evolve and lead the market, we are in a place where the Gravity is positioned to change the world of SUVs," said Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO of the Lucid Group.
The EV maker remains tight-lipped regarding the planned SUV's performance specs, though they are largely expected to mirror those of the Lucid Air sedan range. If so, the base AWD model would offer 480 hp at launch, followed by 620 hp in the Touring AWD version. The next variant of the Gravity, meanwhile, will likely offer the same 819-hp performance as the Grand Touring version of the Lucid Air, while the 1050-hp numbers will likely be reserved for the Performance model. Later on, Lucid may introduce a RWD variant alongside the base AWD model.
It remains to be seen whether the Gravity will be able to offer similar range numbers, given the added weight of the SUV, but the 410-mile range of the base Air Pure AWD model is where the bar has been set. But it may have trouble replicating the 520-mile range of the longest-range variant of the Air.
The EV maker did promise that the Gravity will introduce the new Glass Cockpit high-resolution display, featuring the company's in-house interface dubbed Lucid UX.
"This luxury electric SUV will offer comfortable seating for up to seven adults and their gear, the driving dynamics of a sports car, and greater electric range than any SUV on the market today," the automaker said.
Lucid is seen by some to be racing to diversify its range, following the introduction of discounts for the Air sedan in a move that was seen as a response to stagnating demand. Lucid remains a one-model automaker, despite offering several flavors of the sedan, at a time when many of its competitors in the luxury field including Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW are offering a selection of SUVs. Therefore, Lucid needs the Gravity SUV sooner rather than later, even if it has 100,000 orders from the Saudi government for the Air sedan stretching over a period of 10 years.
Lucid says the Gravity will arrive in 2024.
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