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2021 Lucid Air
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2021 Lucid Air MODEL OVERVIEW

The Lucid Air luxury sedan promises beautiful appointments in a sleek all-electric package. Additionally, Lucid is claiming thrilling acceleration and an estimated top speed of 217 mph. As we'd expect of a Tesla-rivaling brand, Lucid promises that it will offer autonomous and semi-autonomous driving technologies with the Air. Expect pricing to start in the $60,000 range for an entry-level model.

Performance and Impressive Range

The Lucid Air utilizes a skateboard platform and up to three electric motors for varying levels of power and range. The high-performance variant with an estimated range of well over 400 miles on a single charge, three electric motors, and Tesla-beating acceleration will launch first. An entry-level variant should join after with an estimated range of 240 miles and 400 hp.

Although EPA ratings haven't been set just yet, we've personally experienced the Lucid Air nearly hitting 500 miles on a drive through California. Read the full story here.

Starting from the most expensive model, the Dream Edition has an estimated 503-mile range, while the Grand Touring is expected to have a staggering 517-mile range. Later on, a 406-mile Touring will become available, and possible a sub-400-mile base model in 2022.

Expected Pricing and Availability

Similar to the way Tesla rolled out the Model 3, Lucid will be releasing high-dollar top-spec versions of its new sedan first. To be one of the first Lucid Air owners, you'll have to shell out for the loaded Dream Edition—a $169,000 super sedan with over 500 miles of range and more than 1,000 horsepower. An 800-hp Grand Touring model is said to follow at $139,000 along with a 406-mile Touring variant at $95,000 next fall and an $80,000 base model to round out the lineup in 2022. Lucid is already accepting reservations and is expecting to begin deliveries in early 2021.

Cool Features

  • In addition to the conventional five-seat layout, the 2021 Lucid Air will be available with an executive rear seat package featuring two separate bucket seats that recline 55 inches.
  • The dash features a three-screen layout, including a digital gauge cluster instead of a conventional analog one.
  • Lucid's multimedia interface has an artificial intelligence system that recognizes natural speech and can detect someone talking even in the rear seats.
  • Over-the-air updates will be made to keep the autonomous driving technologies current.

Lucid Already Has History With Tesla

That's right; even before Lucid's first car rolls off the production line, the new electric automaker has already had a brush with Elon Musk and Tesla. The CEO and CTO of Lucid, Peter Rawlinson, was a colleague of Musk's earlier in his career, and he wasn't just an intern. Rawlinson was the original chief engineer of the Tesla Model S. He also worked as a lead engineer at Jaguar and Lotus, so it's safe to say he knows his cars.

Quick-Charge Luxobarge

We've experienced the Air's real-world 490-mile electric range, but all that battery wouldn't do you much good if it took days to charge. That shouldn't be an issue for Lucid. If you can find yourself a 350-kW Electrify America charger, the Air's 900-volt electrical architecture enables you to add 300 miles worth of electrons in just 20 minutes. Tesla's EVs max out at a charging rate of 250 kW.

What the Lucid Air Has In Common With the Mazda Miata

We established the pedigree of Lucid CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson, but the Air's electric powertrain is not the only aspect of development with a veteran at the wheel. This new electric world-beater was designed by Derek Jenkins.

Jenkins studied transportation design right here in Southern California and we're huge fans of his past work. Jenkins won 2016 World Car Design of the Year for his work as the lead designer on the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata. He was also a lead or contributing designer on the CX-5, CX-9, Mazda 3, and Mazda 6, all of which we applauded for their sharp styling.

Lucid vs. Tesla: The Anti-Tesla of Interior Design?

One of Rawlinson's insights from working on the Model S was that the engineering and design teams needed to work together to avoid his experience of struggling to retrofit an electric powertrain into an existing bodyshell. Rawlinson decided to miniaturize the Air's powertrain components with a 900-volt architecture that enables more efficient interior packaging. The result is a car with 6 percent more passenger space than a Model S despite a smaller exterior footprint.

In terms of design, the Lucid Air could be described as the anti-Tesla. In the face of that car's minimalist, touchscreen-dominated cabin, the Air's interior features a wealth of materials and textures coherently woven together to form an elegant space.

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