- Lucid Motors has begun testing its upcoming Gravity SUV on public roads in the United States.
- Lucid claims the Gravity will offer sports car driving dynamics and better electric range than EV SUV’s currently on the market.
- A configurator and order books are supposed to open this year, with production beginning in 2024.
Lucid Motors has kept pretty quiet about the upcoming Gravity SUV since teasing it last November. Now the Gravity is making strides towards production and has just begun testing on public roads in the United States.
Despite Lucid showing the car uncovered near the end of last year, the newest photos of the Gravity testing show it all wrapped up in space-themed camouflage. Still, details on the startup company’s upcoming SUV remain pretty scarce.
We know the Gravity will offer seating for up to seven and will feature a newer version of the Glass Cockpit, which will bring an updated generation of the Lucid UX operating system. The company promises the luxury SUV will provide driving dynamics on par with sports cars and better electric driving range than any EV SUV currently sold.
Unfortunately, Lucid’s word is all we have to go on at the moment, as we don’t have any real performance figures to go off of. We expect the Gravity to offer the same power options as the Air, which can be had in three levels ranging from 480 horsepower all the way up to 1050 horses on the Grand Touring Performance.
In fact, we think the Gravity will share a lot of its specs with the Air sedan when it reaches production. As things stand now, the Air has the longest range of any electric vehicle currently on the market, according to EPA estimates. The Air Grand Touring has the best range of any EV we’ve put through our 75-mph fuel-economy test. It is also capable of adding up to 300 miles of range in just over 20 minutes when plugged into a fast-charger.
The added size and weight that come with an SUV will surely be a hindrance on the Air’s range figures, but if Lucid’s first attempt is anything to go by, the Gravity will surely offer plenty to like.
According to a timeframe given by Lucid last November, the configurator and ordering books for the Gravity should be opening sometime in 2023, with production set to begin in 2024. We reached out to Lucid for confirmation on that timeline and will update this story if we hear back.
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