Lucid previews the market-leading range panoramic Gravity e-SUV

It’s only a matter of time before an electric car startup addresses the shortage of mandatory SUVs, and Lucid Motors’ time is now. The company has released the first look at its Gravity SUV ahead of a more formal reveal early next year. So far, the Gravity looks like a terrestrial electric spaceship with an unobstructed view of the star-studded night sky from an almost bubble-like greenhouse. Lucid says the SUV will combine supercar performance levels with more range than any other EV out there, aside from its own 520 miles (837 km) EPA certified Air Limousine.

We’d love to see Lucid’s world-leading electric range decoupled from its increasingly ridiculous and unnecessary “supercar performance levels” to create a reasonably affordable, practical electric SUV, but that’s not going to happen…at least not yet. So for now, the Gravity will just be another high-priced luxury super toy for wealthy folks who want family space.

However, the Gravity will push the Lucid family in a more practical direction with two- and three-row configurations for five to seven seats.

The Gravity will definitely be ready to sit back and enjoy the view of the night sky, treetops, canyon walls, nearby mountains...
The Gravity will definitely be ready to sit back and enjoy the view of the night sky, treetops, canyon walls, nearby mountains…

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Lucid’s first interior teaser shows how his “Space Concept” really opens up in the six-seat, three-row SUV format and offers full lounge chairs in the second row. This image also underscores just how high up the Panorama will be, the glass roof stretching across all front and rear passengers, broken only briefly by a bow-like B-pillar and central front beam.

“I’m so excited with the results we’re seeing with Lucid Gravity and never miss an opportunity to build on everything we’ve learned with Lucid Air to create something that will warp the vehicle class continuum,” said Derek Jenkins , Senior Design VP of the Lucid Group. “It’s both a supercar in disguise and an SUV with flexible passenger and cargo space that seems incredibly large in relation to the vehicle’s exterior size.”

Gravity shows up early;  the coordinates refer to California's Trona Pinnacles, which appear to be the backdrop to the lunar landscape in the image
Gravity shows up early; the coordinates refer to California’s Trona Pinnacles, which appear to be the backdrop to the lunar landscape in the image

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Lucid is still finalizing the Gravity’s design and spec sheet, but it promises the new SUV will offer more range than any other EV on the market, bar its own Air sedan. Depending on the equipment, the Air offers between 410 and 520 miles (660 to 837 km).

Using “EV” rather than “electric SUV” to compare the Gravity’s range against the market suggests that Lucid’s SUV will at least exceed the EPA’s estimated 405 miles (652 km) of the Tesla Model S will surpass, the next highest range on the list of EVs with the longest range. This makes it by far the longest-ranging electric SUV, although it doesn’t come close to the 500-mile (805 km) ranges of the Air lineup. It promises a very impressive combination of range, space, performance and utility… but at what price?

Lucid plans to reveal more details about the full Gravity lineup when it opens reservations in early 2023. The model will be launched in 2024.

The Lucid Air sedan range is also growing
The Lucid Air sedan range is also growing

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Lucid also announced this week that it has begun deliveries of the $84,700 480-horsepower Air Pure AWD sedan and the $107,400 620-horsepower Air Touring AWD sedan. In the meantime, it continues the development of the 1,200 HP Sapphire Performance flagship for a 2023 launch. Its latest tests provide more accurate figures on the Sapphire’s capabilities, suggesting the car will outperform the Rimac Nevera in a 0-100 mph (161 km/h.) sprint of 3.87 seconds ) will surpass before eventually falling far short of the fresh Nevera world speed record for a more modest top speed of 330 km/h. According to Lucid, the Sapphire will also be able to accelerate 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 1.89 seconds.

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