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US-based electric car start-up Lucid has officially revealed its second ever model at the LA Auto Show.
A seven-seater, the Gravity debuts a new platform and a “next-generation” version of the brand's in-house powertrain unit, and is set to arrive on the American market before the end of 2024. At well over five metres long the Gravity is easily defined as a large SUV.
Sharing much of its exterior styling with the Air but with an almost traditional SUV silhouette, the Gravity has a spacious interior with a dramatic 34-inch curved screen layout across the dash, a separate multimedia panel, and a minimalistic aesthetic.
The interior features fold-flat second- and third-row seats, as well as three household power outlets throughout the cabin and a 22-speaker surround audio system. It also features a swept back windscreen and separate glass roof in the rear.
On the performance front, Lucid promises over 600kW of power allowing a 0-100km/h sprint time in under 3.5 seconds. It also features a 0.24Cd drag coefficient, over 700km of driving range, and a towing capacity of 2722kg. Its payload is said to be 680kg.
The 900-volt architecture allows charging times in excess of 300kW, adding 322km of range in 15 minutes on a compatible charger.
The brand promises a smaller lighter battery pack with fewer precious metals and minerals used, less energy to charge, and higher efficiency, although full specs, including its kWh capacity and chemistry is yet to be revealed.
Expect more information closer to its late 2024 launch. Lucid has opened expressions of interest on its US site, with the brand saying pricing will start below the equivalent of AU$124,000.
Lucid, led by a former lead developer on the original Tesla Model S (after stints at Jaguar and Lotus), has made its intention to eventually launch in right-hand drive for markets like the UK and Australia clear. However, it has been held back by trying to keep pace with an ambitious launch catalogue in the US and Europe.
The brand has had trouble making initial deliveries of the Air, however is catching up on its backlog with improved supply after massive issues delivering cars in 2022. Lately, the brand has been on the up, sealing a deal to provide next-gen electric powertrains to Aston Martin and boosting its revenue thanks to improved customer deliveries.
The brand has added additional entry-level and high performance Air variants alongside the Gravity joining the range, and even has plans to release a more affordable Tesla Model 3 rival in the future.
As such, right-hand drive production is now not expected until 2025 at the earliest. The brand could certainly make a mark in Australia, however, after Tesla recently made the decision to only make its competing Model S sedan and Model X SUV in left-hand drive for the foreseeable future.