Competes with: BMW iX, Mercedes-EQ EQS SUV, Rivian R1S, Tesla Model X
Looks like: Beautiful river rock, smoothed by the ages — but also something like a Toyota Sienna
Power units: Estimated up to 800 horsepower; electric motors
Hits of the dealerships: Late 2024
More than three years after first teasing its SUV, Lucid finally took the wraps off the 2025 Gravity, the upcoming companion to the critically-acclaimed Air sedan, at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show. Details are still scarce, but at least we can finally to take a peek inside the all-electric SUV. We expect it will share much of its electrical architecture with the Air, but with that chunky nose and a greenhouse shaped much like the Toyota Sienna’s, it also looks like a minivan.
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Based on our experience with the Air, we expect the Gravity to boast interior space on par with a minivan. Lucid didn’t share measurements for each row of seats, but says that with the second and third rows folded, the electric vehicle has 112 cubic feet of cargo space. Second-row seats will feature fore and aft adjustment (and, we expect, a range of other adjustments – at least as options), as well as aircraft-style headrests integrated into the front seatbacks.
Lucid says the Gravity dashboard “represents the ultimate evolution” of the Air user interface. Called the Clearview Cockpit, it features a continuous 34-inch organic light-emitting diode display that curves from the A-pillar from the driver’s side to the passenger’s side of the center console, which features another large touchscreen for controlling minor functions. Beneath that screen is a glass-topped center console that should make a handy plate to slather ketchup on before dipping your fries. (Perhaps one of the over-the-air updates Gravity is capable of will electrify the glass for sanitary purposes.)
The electrical bits
The Gravity was expected to share the basic building blocks of the Air, but Lucid says it rides on “an all-new platform developed from the ground up as a sports SUV.” Aiming for a drag coefficient of just 0.24, the company expects the range to be over 440 miles.
While it’s not yet sharing details about Gravity’s battery or motors, the company said the battery is “just over half the size of some of our battery-hungry competition.” If it refers to the GMC Hummer EV Pickup, which has a 212.7 kilowatt-hour pack, that’s like saying, “We sell half as many hamburgers as McDonald’s”; The Gravity could still have a monstrous battery and the claim would be true. It looks like the battery may still be the same – or at least very similar – to the one installed in the Air; half of 212 is 106, and the Air pack is 118 kilowatt hours, which seems comfortably enough within PR’s interpretation of “just over half”.
Boasting that its 900-volt architecture uses “the highest output electric motors in production worldwide,” Lucid says the Gravity will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and that it will charge just as quickly: With a DC fast charger, the company expects its SUV to be able to add 200 miles of range in about 15 minutes. There’s no word on engine output, but if the Gravity uses the engines from the Air, it will be available with one, two or three, ranging from 430 horsepower to more than 1,200 hp. “Less than 3.5 seconds” may be an extremely conservative claim.
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Putting the utility in the SUV
In addition to the acceleration of a sports car, the Gravity will also be able to handle the duties of an SUV. Its optional zero-gravity air suspension will allow the driver to adjust the ride height, or they can just leave it to the vehicle, as Lucid says it can adapt automatically. The Gravity also gets a towing capacity of up to 6,000 pounds and can handle a 1,500-pound payload.
Prices and release date
Lucid has about a year to fill in the blanks in terms of specs, as the company says it expects to begin production in late 2024. Pricing will start at less than $80,000, though the inevitable destination charge may to move the sticker. And if the Gravity parallels the Air, buyers will be able to spend a lot more: With destination, starting Air prices range from the single-engine Pure’s $78,900 to the 1,234-hp, three-engine, 205-mph Sapphire at more than $250,000.
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