After launching its beautiful Air sedan for the 2021 model year, electric-vehicle upstart Lucid Motors is setting its sights on an equally lovely-looking SUV concept called Project Gravity. Exactly what name this all-electric crossover will wear when it ultimately reaches the market is unknown, but our money is on Lucid just dumping 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 1080-hp), a large battery pack (up to 113-kWh), and a posh cabin loaded with modern amenities. Lucid would be wise to get the Gravity into production quickly, as a growing number of rivals—such as the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model X, and upcoming Cadillac Lyriq—are already staking claims to the luxury-EV SUV space.
What’s New for 2022?
At the launch of its Air luxury sedan, Lucid teased the upcoming Gravity SUV, saying it would reach the market in the next couple of years. We expect it as a 2022 or 2023 model, so those yearning for a gorgeously designed, long-range electric SUV in the vein of the gorgeously-designed, long-range Lucid Air sedan will have to wait.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
If the Gravity shares its mechanical underpinnings with the Air sedan, we can expect dual electric motors, which enable the standard all-wheel drive, and up to 1080 horsepower. Like the Air, the highest-priced models will likely be the most powerful, with lower-end Gravity trims coming with lower horsepower ratings. An adjustable air suspension is likely to carry over from the Air as a standard feature.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
Although its sedan sibling boasts a driving range of up to 517 miles per charge of its 113-kWh battery pack, the Gravity’s taller, more blunt SUV-styling will likely be less aerodynamic, and range should be reduced slightly 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 MPG
The EPA’s estimates for the Lucid Gravity’s fuel economy haven’t yet been published, and we’ll likely 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
Lucid has so far only shown some partially obscured images of Gravity’s exterior. If the Air’s luxury-lined cabin is anything to go by, we can expect plenty of touchscreen controls, a mostly glass roof, plenty of stretch-out space in both the front and back seat, and fine materials such as leather, wood, and metal accents.