With more interior volume, more range, and roughly the same starting price as the Model X, the Lucid Gravity makes a strong case for itself
November 16, 2023 at 12:05
Lucid has finally pulled the covers off its second act, the all-electric, three-row Gravity SUV that joins the well-received Air sedan. The young automaker assures us that the Gravity will provide ample room, deliver up to 440 miles (708 km) of range, offer a luxurious driving experience, and come with a price tag that’s a gentle breeze under $80,000.
“The Gravity SUV represents a significant leap forward for Lucid’s world-leading technology and design,” said Peter Rawlinson, Lucid CEO. “Customers will find an unprecedented combination of space and maneuverability, luxury, and versatility, all seamlessly integrated into one remarkable vehicle with the driving experience and range of a true Lucid.”
Some details, such as the power and torque figures, have yet to be revealed, but Lucid says that the Gravity marks the introduction of its next generation of electric motors. They will be able to get the SUV up to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds. They will also allow it to tow up to 6,000 lbs (2,722 kg), and to haul 1,500 lbs (680 kg) of cargo.
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Lucid has yet to share details about the size of the Gravity’s battery pack but promises that it will be as little as half as large as its competitors. Despite that, it’s targeting a range of up to 440 miles (708 km) — by comparison, the Tesla Model X can manage just 348 miles (560 km).
That figure is aided by the SUV’s slippery drag coefficient of 0.24, which matches the Tesla SUV and biggest rival. When it does run out of juice, its 900V electrical architecture will allow it to recover up to 200 miles (322 km) of range in as little as 15 minutes.
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Inside, Lucid says the Gravity will offer up to 112 cubic feet of cargo space, thanks to third and second-row seats that fold flat. That’s more than the Model X, which offers just 81.7 cubic feet (2,314 liters) of space behind the first-row seats. However, the Cadillac Escalade IQ has it beat with 119.2 cubic feet (3,374 liters) in all.
Thanks to its spacious interior, Lucid promises that the Gravity will offer excellent legroom, even for third-row passengers. Meanwhile, those in the second row will be treated to luxurious accommodations, thanks to sliding seats and elongated convenience tables that offer an airline-like experience for the people in the back.
The driver will also be treated to luxury accouterments and the latest generation of Lucid’s infotainment technology. The centerpiece of the setup is the 34-inch curved OLED display that sits atop the dash. It starts in the middle of the vehicle, extends across the front, and stretches behind the squircle-shaped steering wheel, where it is placed near the driver’s line of sight, for better visibility while driving.
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To keep things comfortable for everyone inside, the Gravity introduces an innovative new suspension setting. Like other SUVs, drivers will be able to raise and lower the vehicle. The suspension also features a Zero Gravity mode that promises to automatically adapt to the terrain to offer the smoothest and most comfortable ride possible.
“Lucid’s design and engineering philosophy has always prioritized doing more with less,” said Eric Bach, Senior Vice President of Product and Chief Engineer at Lucid. “Gravity applies this principle to offer customers more of what they need – more space, more utility, and more range – while avoiding excess battery cells, added cost of ownership, and unnecessary weight.”
Availability and pricing
Like the Air, the Lucid Gravity will arrive with a targeted starting price of less than $80,000, which is similar to the Model X (which starts at $79,990 before incentives at the time of writing), despite offering more space and 92 extra miles of range. We’ll see if that wins customers over to Lucid when production begins in late 2024.