In August Lucid shocked us with the Air Sapphire, a 1200-horsepower, $249,000 electrical luxurious sedan. Now, the California-based EV firm has launched two trim ranges on the extra attainable finish of the worth spectrum. In fact, attainable is a relative time period when speaking a couple of beginning value is closing in on six-figure territory, however these are positioned to be compelling alternate options to Tesla and Mercedes EQS.
The Lucid Air Pure is the brand new entry-level trim, beginning at $88,900 (together with a $1,500 vacation spot price) for a single-motor rear-wheel-drive configuration. It’s going to solely include an aluminum, body-colored roof quite than the expansive panoramic glass roof of higher-end Airs. In keeping with Lucid reps, the solid-roof automobiles have a wholly completely different aspect physique stamping than the glass-roof fashions because of the approach the roof is welded.
The Pure introduces a brand new colour, a Pacific Ocean-inspired grayish-blue known as Fathom Blue, and simplifies the choices to only a single inside. A cow-free Mojave (i.e., black and grey) leather-based various with a recycled woven material overlaying elements of the sprint and door panels.
For $5,500, you may add a second motor and all-wheel-drive. On this configuration, the mannequin affords 480 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 410 miles of vary. Sixty mph is available in simply 3.8 seconds from a standstill, in accordance with Lucid. Regardless of having much less battery capability than the upper grades — it makes use of an 18-module battery pack versus 22 — the vary continues to be greater than sufficient for many drivers. Charging with Lucid’s high-speed Wunderbox recovers 200 miles of vary in simply quarter-hour.
You’ll be able to actually see the distinction within the batteries, because the 4 absent modules end in a 3.75-inch-lower footwell for rear seat passengers. In keeping with Lucid lead designer Derek Jenkins, the decrease cushion of the rear bench has a unique contour in to compensate for the way in which your legs will relaxation on the decrease top.
The following trim stage up from Pure is the Air Touring, which begins at $108,900 and comes with commonplace dual-motor AWD. With 620 horsepower, 0-60 is available in simply 3.4 seconds. The larger battery has an EPA-estimated vary of 425 miles.
Just like the Pure, the Touring comes commonplace with an aluminum roof. Nonetheless, patrons have the choice to improve to a panoramic glass prime for $4,500. Inside, all three colour schemes — Mojave, Santa Cruz, and Tahoe — can be found in Nappa leather-based claimed to be carbon impartial, a wooden trim harvested sustainably, and alpaca wool inserts. Touring fashions even have an accessible Stealth trim, which grays out a lot of the brightwork and extremities such because the entrance spoiler and mirrors.
In particular person the Air seems nearly surprisingly low in an age of bulked up sedans and crossovers. With a drag coefficient of 0.197, it alleges to be the world’s most aerodynamic manufacturing automobile. Although Lucid claims hypercar-like efficiency from the Air Sapphire, all of the fashions show a chic presence while not having to peacock with bulging fenders and gratuitous creases all alongside the sheetmetal.
“We made the acutely aware choice to tilt in direction of this concept that the place EV was going was the place luxurious can be going. It is effectivity and simple efficiency, that means you did not have to must have an enormous grille or exhaust pipes to be the quickest automotive on the street,” defined Jenkins on why Lucid eschewed gratuitously ostentatious and outlandish design. “So we actually targeted on one thing extra jet-like. An plane is a really environment friendly form, and we wished Lucid to have that easy high quality about it. If you concentrate on fashionable sports activities automotive and truck design large vents and scoops are telling you, ‘I’m going quick.’ Within the new paradigm, that is telling me, ‘You are low tech.'”
Pure shall be delivered in December — simply a few weeks. Initially, Lucid is churning out AWD Pures from its Arizona manufacturing facility. Single-motor RWD variants will arrive in early 2023. In the meantime, the primary Touring fashions shall be delivered to homeowners at a personal occasion in Los Angeles later tonight.
As for the range-topping Air Sapphire, Lucid says it is nonetheless present process testing. Engineers are finalizing a few of the efficiency elements like torque vectoring and plan to ship the restricted manufacturing (although they’d not say what number of items) someday subsequent yr.