Luxurious hyper-saloon will take on Tesla and BMW with class-leading performance and self-driving functions
Felix Page Autocar writer
21 January 2020

American electric vehicle (EV) start-up Lucid Motors has announced that it will reveal the Air – a luxurious saloon capable of 235mph – in production form at the New York motor show in April. 

First revealed in prototype form in December 2016, the Air is positioned as a rival to the Tesla Model S as well as conventionally powered premium limousines, such as the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class

In entry-level, rear-wheel-drive guise, the Air features a 75kWh battery pack from Samsung and an electric motor producing 395bhp and 443lb ft. It's said to be capable of travelling 240 miles on a single charge and is available to pre-order in the US now, priced from $52,500 (£40,190). 

The four-wheel-drive model gains a second motor for a total system output of 1000bhp and is expected to manage more than 400 miles per charge, thanks to a 130kWh battery.

Shortly after the original unveiling, Lucid released footage of the top-spec Air hitting a top speed of 217mph, before taking it to 235mph in testing, suggesting it will become the fastest series-production EV when it launches.

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The Air has five seats as standard, but two individual 'executive' chairs are available as part of an interior upgrade. Lucid also claims that air suspension with regenerative valve technology gives it the most comfortable ride in the class.

The Air will offer autonomous driving functions, although it's unclear whether it will feature a comprehensive Autopilot mode like that of the Tesla Model 3. Lucid has said previously that it will equip the Air with the necessary sensors for self-driving functions to be rolled out as legislation changes. 

Lucid is currently testing 80 prototypes at its headquarters in Newark, California. Most are said to be “highly representative of the production Air” and will help the company fine-tune aspects such as the steering, suspension and braking.

In November 2019, Lucid began construction of a new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona. It plans to begin full-scale production of its debut model there before the end of this year.

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21 January 2020

Fantastic, cant wait to see the specs!

 

21 January 2020

The fact that U.S. car companies are competing for top technological progress in recent years is good for the world. I hope this company will be successful and their project will not evaporate into thin Air. My concern is that the managers and engineers planned the project after taking a dose of Lucid in the Sky with Diamonds.

21 January 2020

Been watching this with interest for the several years its been in development. This thing has a so much more interesting and elegant design than Tesla, possibly the car that would  make me choose American. 

22 January 2020
michael knight wrote:

This thing has a so much more interesting and elegant design than Tesla

Deffo.

21 January 2020

 Yeah, it's a great looking car, but, it doesn't need the He-man 235 mph top speed to sell it...

22 January 2020

A few photo shopped pictures, I'll wait till Dev 2020 when 'production' starts before slating this $52k fantasy.

22 January 2020
xxxx wrote:

A few photo shopped pictures, I'll wait till Dev 2020 when 'production' starts before slating this $52k fantasy.

I ll be there watching you eat your words. :)

23 January 2020
typos1 wrote:
xxxx wrote:

A few photo shopped pictures, I'll wait till Dev 2020 when 'production' starts before slating this $52k fantasy.

I ll be there watching you eat your words. :)

Just like you were several years ago when I predicted Diesel cars going into freefall to 20% of the market, oh how I laugh now. Dec 2020, at best limited numbers at worst single figures and NO $52k price tag

22 January 2020

The top spec model doesn't need to do 235mph, it needs to have a 500mile range. Put the big battery in the single motor version, I think 395bhp should be adequate for most people.

22 January 2020
Leslie Brook wrote:

The top spec model doesn't need to do 235mph, it needs to have a 500mile range. Put the big battery in the single motor version, I think 395bhp should be adequate for most people.

Does the Chiron need to do 260 mph ?

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