Those who hoped to appease their appetite for more details about the Gravity SUV in this week’s Lucid’s Launch Event come home empty-handed. Besides a new teaser video for Gravity (see below), the focus was basically on the long-awaited basic version of the luxury sedan Lucid Pure, as it should. That one finally goes into production in a few weeks, in December.
Founder and CEO Peter Rawlinson himself calls this the most important version as it should open up the new brand he created for more people. At least for those willing to pay at least $87 000 for a car that might be called ‘basic’ but still offers quite excellent performances with 480 hp AWD, a range of 653 km, and a car that accelerates from 0 to 100 km/hour in 3,8 seconds.
No European prices yet
In Europe, where Lucid opens today, on Friday 18th, its first retail location in Switzerland in Geneva, the customer’s patience is further tried as the first Lucid Pures manufactured will go to American and Canadian customers.
A European price isn’t available yet on the Lucid site, where you can ‘reserve’ your future car for a refundable €300. The offer is open to wannabee clients in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.
The Lucid Air Pure is the elemental model, available in two configurations. It’s launched with the dual-motor, all-wheel drive version – delivering 480 horsepower – and will be followed next year with a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive variant.
Instead of the Glass Canopy – the extended glass roof on the other Air models – it comes with an all-metal, aluminum top. But it keeps the same unique sleek looks of the car, with an extraordinarily low air drag coefficient of 0.197. To compare: Mercedes’ Vision EQXX prototype has a drag coefficient of 0.17, and its EQS flagship 0.20.
Pure offers the Mojave PurLuxe interior, crafted from “a bespoke combination of a remarkably soft and durable leather alternative and a unique and high-quality fabric called Dune”. Inspired by midcentury modern furniture, Dune is made from 100% recycled woven textiles, the company claims.
This basic version comes standard with the DreamDrive advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), including 32 integrated sensors, cameras, short- and long-range radars, and a high-resolution LIDAR. If you also want Surround View Monitoring, Blind Spot Display, and Highway Assist, you must upgrade to DreamDrive Pro. Both systems can be updated over the air.
Lucid Air Touring
Together with the ‘mid-positioned’ Air Touring, it is the latest addition to the Air model line, which already includes Air Grand Touring and Air Grand Touring Performance, the already sold-out initial Dream Edition, and the ultimate sports version, the Lucid Air Saphire.
That one features +1 200 hp, two motors on the rear axle, and one in the front, and accelerates to 100 km/hour in less than two seconds. Here we’re talking of a price tag of $249 000 in the US.
The next step beyond Pure is the Lucid Air Touring, which offers more power, greater range, and faster charging than anything else in its category, the company claims. The dual-motor, all-wheel drive powertrain in Lucid Air Touring delivers 620 hp and can accelerate the vehicle from 0-100 km/hour in 3,4 seconds. Like the Pure, it has a range of 635 km. Price in the US: $107 400.