Lucid Motors announces first SUV, defines Gravity

James Raia

Lucid Motors, the upstart electric vehicle manufacturer headquartered in Northern California, has unveiled the Lucid Gravity, a full-sized, luxury sport utility vehicle with a projected range of 440 miles.

The third-year company’s first SUV was announced on the eve of the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s scheduled for production in late 2024 with an expected starting MSRP of less than $80,000.

Lucid Gravity front
Lucid Motors has unveiled the Gravity, a full-sized electric sport utility vehicle. All images © John Berg/TheWeeklyDriver.com, 2023.

According to the carmaker, “Lucid’s commitment to design excellence, spacious interiors and versatility further sets Gravity apart from the competition.” The exterior design is a combination of aesthetics and utility. A focus on efficiency has led to a target coefficient of drag of less than 0.243.

The Gravity’s presence is supported by a substantial frunk, sleek profile, elongated cabin, pronounced shoulders and sporty tail spoiler. Gravity is marketed with “ample and flexible cargo areas.” The cabin offers second and third-row seats that fold flat to reveal more than 112 cubic feet of total usable cargo space.

The sliding second-row seats combine with integrated convenience tables for an elevated back-seat experience. The substantial legroom is carried through to the third row, enabling a seven-passenger configuration.

Lucid Gravity interior

Named the Clearview Cockpit, the Lucid interior features a 34-inch curved and uninterrupted OLED display that “floats” above a new steering wheel. It closely matches the driver’s line of sight.

Lucid’s Pilot Panel returns in Gravity with a quick access touch bar and sits alongside a new glass center console that slides open for additional storage. The SUV also introduces Lucid’s next-generation software with over-the-air updates.

Gravity’s performance starts with a new platform with what Lucid calls it “ultra-compact powertrain technology.” The SUV is touted with an acceleration from 0-to-60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds. The payload capacity is more than 1,500 pounds; the towing capacity is 6,000 pounds.

Lucid Gravity rear

With the Gravity, Lucid introduces Zero Gravity, an optional air suspension package that automatically adapts to various terrain needs. Manual adjustments also offer the ability to raise Gravity to maximize off-road capability or lower it to maximize performance and range.

“Lucid’s design and engineering philosophy has always prioritized doing more with less. 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,” said Eric Bach, Senior Vice President of Product and Chief Engineer at Lucid. “Gravity is an environmentally friendly, versatile electric vehicle with the spirit of a supercar.”

Gravity adopts an evolution of the company’s renowned over 900V architecture and ultra-fast charge rates, making it one of the fastest EV charging systems globally. Customers can add up to 200 miles of range in about 15 minutes.

Lucid Gravity side

Lucid also introduces two interactive well-being features with the Gravity — Lucid Sanctuary and Lucid Spaces. Lucid Sanctuary, the carmaker explains, is “tranquility on the go, whether you’re on the road or parked at a charging station.” Lucid Spaces, with a single tap, “transforms the cabin into a serene oasis, immersing drivers in the atmosphere of locations like Lake Tahoe or Joshua Tree.”

Lucid has partnered with Meditopia to offer a guided meditation experience that provides a personal space for mindfulness, without exiting the vehicle.

Customers are invited to register their interest in the Lucid Gravity. Visit: www.lucidmotors.com/gravity.

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