Lucid Air EV lineup revealed with specs and prices
Budding U.S. automaker Lucid has finally lifted the mystery veil over its first electric sports sedan, the Air. Let us take a closer look.
The car is 4,975 millimeters (16.32 feet) long with a wheelbase spanning 2,960 mm (9.71 ft.). Its aerodynamic drag ratio is as low as 0.21, and there are two trunks. The rear trunk can accommodate up to 456 liters (16.1 cubic feet) of luggage, and the frunk can fit 202 l (7.1 cu.ft.).
The second seat row is represented by a sofa right now, but the company promises to make individual adjustable seats available in a few years’ time. The front fascia houses an enormous 34-inch display divided into three sections. An SAE Level 3 self-driving system is included.
The car’s electric motor weighs 74 kilograms (163 pounds) and exerts up to 670 hp (500 kW). Customers can choose from four available specs, but the entry-level, RWD, sub-$80,000 spec won’t appear until 2022. All four ship with fast charging capacity which gives up to 480 kilometers (300 miles) of extra range after mere 20 minutes of charging.
The Lucid Air Touring spec is set to come out by late 2021 packing dual motors and 620 hp (462 kW). Its 75-kWh battery gives it up to 653 km (405 miles) according to the EPA measurement standard. Sprinting 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) takes 3.2 seconds, and the artificial speed ceiling lies at 250 km/h (155 mph). Prices begin from $95,000.
The two top trims will be the first to hit the market in the second quarter of 2021. One of them is the $139,000 Lucid Air Grand Touring, which commands 800 hp (596 kW) and 113 kWh of battery storage. The manufacturer claims it can launch in three seconds flat, tops out at 270 km/h (168 mph), and has 832 km (517 miles) of range.
The $169,000 Air Dream Edition takes things far into hypercar territory with its 1,080 hp (805 kW), 0-60 in 2.5 seconds and 810 kilometers (503 miles) of battery range. Note that the latter spec is only valid for cars fitted with 19-inch wheels; opting for posh 21-inch AeroDream rims actually reduces the range to 748 km (465 miles).
Now for the inevitable comparison. It looks like the Tesla Model S is faster than the fastest-going Air with its 2.3s sprint time – quite an achievement, to be sure. On the flip side, not even the Long Range Plus modification with its 100-kWh battery can put behind more than 647 km (402 miles) on a charge. Flipping sides back again, Elon Musk’s EV is considerably more affordable at $95,000+ for the flagship spec.
Editor Andrew Raspopov