After introducing its beautiful Air sedan for the 2021 model year, Lucid Motors is setting its sights on an equally beautiful SUV concept called Project Gravity. Exactly what name this all-electric crossover will bear when it finally hits the market is unknown, but our money is on Lucid to just dump the “Project” prefix. The Gravity is expected to share most of its mechanical bits and interior design with the Air, so we’re looking at big horsepower (up to 1200 hp), a big battery pack (up to 112 kWh) and a classy cabin loaded with modern amenities. Lucid would be wise to get the Gravity into production quickly, as a growing number of competitors — such as the Audi Q8 e-tron, the Cadillac Lyriq, the Jaguar I-Pace and the Tesla Model X — are already staking claim to the luxury- EV SUV space.
What’s new for 2024?
At the launch of its Air luxury sedan, Lucid teased the upcoming Gravity SUV, saying it would hit the market in the next few years. We now expect it as a 2024 model, so those longing for a beautifully designed, long-range electric SUV in the vein of the beautifully designed, long-range Lucid Air sedan will have to wait.
Prices and which one to buy
Lucid hasn’t mentioned the Gravity’s price tag or trim levels yet—and the company likely won’t for some time—but we’re guessing it will cost slightly more than the Air to start and offer a similar range of finishes. We’ll update this story with more details as they come out.
EV motor, power and performance
The Gravity SUV shares its mechanical underpinnings with the Air sedan, and we expect a dual electric motor variant with standard all-wheel drive. Like the Air, the Gravity will likely be offered in a performance-oriented Grand Touring trim with around 1,000 horsepower, while a maximum-performance Sapphire model with up to 1,200 horsepower is also a possibility. Like the Air, the most expensive models are likely to be the most powerful, with lower-end Gravity trims having lower horsepower ratings.
Range, charging and battery life
Although its sedan sibling boasts a range of up to 516 miles per charge from its 112-kWh battery pack, the Gravity’s longer, stubby SUV styling is likely to be less aerodynamic, and range should be slightly reduced as a result. Still, the Gravity’s range should still be longer than that of the most efficient Model X SUV. Like the Air, the Gravity should be able to juice quickly via DC fast charging and may even come with three years of complimentary charging via Electrify America charging stations.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
The EPA’s estimates for the Lucid Gravity’s fuel economy haven’t been released yet, and we’ll likely have to wait a while to find out since this SUV is still just a concept. We hope to get a chance to test the Gravity on our 200-mile highway fuel economy test route when it gets closer to its launch.
Interior, comfort and cargo
So far, Lucid has only shown a few partially obscured images of the Gravity’s exterior, and we can see some reclining second-row seats. If the Air’s luxuriously lined cabin is anything to go by, we can expect plenty of touchscreen controls, a mostly glass roof, plenty of pull-out space for adults in both the front and back seats, and fine materials like leather, wood, and metal accents. Lucid says the Gravity will be offered as a two-row SUV with room for five or with an optional third row that seats six or seven riders, depending on the configuration.
Infotainment and connectivity
As with the rest of the Gravity’s interior, the infotainment system and features haven’t been fully revealed, but Lucid says it will feature the latest version of its Glass Cockpit digital instrumentation and a new version of the company’s software interface. Expect a large digital gauge cluster that feeds directly into a dashtop infotainment touchscreen. Voice recognition is certainly a standard feature, but we haven’t heard anything about smartphone connectivity features like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. More information on the Gravity’s infotainment offerings will be available closer to the SUV’s launch.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
Being a concept, the Gravity has yet to undergo crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). A host of driver assistance features are likely, including Lucid’s promised-for-the-future level 3 self-driving technology. Key safety features are likely to include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane departure warning with lane keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control with a lane centering function
Warranty and Maintenance Cover
Lucid is a startup automaker with no previous products, but its warranty coverage is very similar to Tesla. However, none of the brands offer complimentary maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance