We will not actually know concerning the Lucid Air till prospects get their palms on the primary manufacturing fashions, with first deliveries scheduled for later this month. Early evaluations are promising, and the corporate says its second act is on track for release in 2023. That’s the Gravity crossover, which might be constructed on the identical platform because the Air, the Lucid Electric Advanced Platform (LEAP). VP of Design Derek Jenkins informed Automotive News that the Gravity might be a thematic complement to the sedan as a city-living SUV, with a “strength and robustness” to its design and “respectable ground clearance,” however it will not be “a rock-crawler.”
We’ve seen the Gravity in European patent filings, in surreptitious pictures from a video shoot for the Air, and in teaser photos from Lucid. The crossover’s relation to the sedan is obvious, and it wears Lucid’s design language simply as effectively. Rumor has it the Gravity might be wider than the Air (!), however lower than an inch longer.
The Air separated itself from the pack by being a sedan in a crossover world, and on high of that, an electrical sedan in a yr of electrical pickups and SUVs. Lucid did that as a result of it does not want monumental quantity relative to the complete trade to achieve success, and a sedan with wonderful specs can be extra spectacular than a crossover with merely good specs. The Gravity, nevertheless, might be rolling onto the market with a variety of different electrical individuals haulers — the Ford Explorer and Hyundai Ioniq 7 on the mass-market finish, for occasion, the design-led Volvo XC90 Recharge, the Cadillac Escalade EV, Jeep Wagoneer electrical, Mercedes EQS SUV, Lincoln, Lexus, and Range Rover EV crossovers on the posh finish. Jenkins advised the Gravity could possibly be extra upscale than the Air, which feels like a Range Rover fighter to us.
So far, although, solely the Gravity amongst them might be provided with a mid-range dual-motor 1,080-horsepower powertrain. A tri-motor bundle lifts horsepower to about 1,300 ponies. CEO Peter Rawlinson having stated the Gravity will ship related effectivity and efficiency because the Air, Jenkins saying the car has to have distinctive vary, which “means 400 miles plus” since it is going to “be a family workhorse in a lot of cases.”
Lucid’s already working on what comes after the Gravity as effectively, together with one other platform for automobiles at a lower cost level, and a variety of electrical items over the subsequent decade that begin with LEAP know-how however span “a whole range of product possibilities,” even these past vehicles.