The Californian EV maker Lucid has officially presented its all-electric SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Gravity will go into production in late 2024, while Lucid expects a starting price for the electric SUV of under 80 000 dollars.
According to the manufacturer, the Gravity builds on the Lucid Air sedan, creating “a luxury electric SUV without compromise.” It has three rows, room for seven, and a projected range of over 700 kilometers.
According to Lucid, the Gravity features “the most power-dense EV motors in production globally.” It has a 900-volt electrical architecture and can go from zero to 60 mph in 3,5 seconds with the 800+ hp electromotors. The 900-volt system allows for ultra-fast charging, the company emphasizes. At a DC charger with 350 kW, the battery can charge up to 320 kilometers in about 15 minutes.
More technical info isn’t available yet, but we can assume that the new SUV is technically fairly similar to the Lucid Air sedan. The latter has a rear-wheel-drive basic version (Pure), but that won’t be available, at least not initially. Customers for big SUVs are generally not so keen on single-axle drives.
“Gravity will take our customers farther with less batteries and therefore using less precious energy,” says Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO at Lucid. “Its smaller, lighter, and higher technology battery pack means fewer precious metals and minerals, less energy to charge, less electricity consumed, less pressure upon the grid, and a lighter weight and more dynamic vehicle. When we say we’re here to advance the technology, this is what we mean: this is true sustainability in action.”
Large but low seven-seater
The all-electric SUV is only 1,66 m high but 2 meters wide and 5,03 m long. The wheelbase is 3,04 m. The second and third rows can fold flat, giving the Gravity ample cargo space. In the front, there’s an additional large frunk that can be turned into a picnic seat (cupholders and cushions included) at a stop.
With its air suspension at highway cruising speed, the drag coefficient is below 0,24. It has a payload capacity of 700 kg and a towing capacity of up to 2 750 kg. According to Lucid, passengers in both rows have ample legroom, “enabling a comfortable seven-passenger configuration, making it the ideal vehicle for every adventure.”
The electric SUV comes with Lucid’s so-called ‘Clearview Cockpit’ and an “intuitive 34-inch curved and uninterrupted OLED display that floats above Gravity’s innovative new steering wheel”. The EV also offers over-the-air (OTA) updates.
The Gravity also offers a head-up display. It’s more than just a projection of speed and other items of interest because it also includes augmented reality cues. This laser-enabled system can project lane lines and the car’s position ahead, even if the road is partially obscured by fog or rain.
With guidance active, it also points you into a turn, confirms that you’re on course, and gets you ready for the next one.
“The Gravity SUV represents a significant leap forward for Lucid’s world-leading technology and design. 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,” Rawlinson concludes.
The carmaker notes that the Gravity SUV is in pre-production and that all vehicle specifications are subject to change until series production kicks off late next year. When or if the Gravity SUV will also hit the streets in Europe, like its sedan brother, is unknown yet.