Lucid Air Unveiled With Stunning Design, 1,000 HP And 400 Mile Range

Electric automaker startup Lucid Motors has just taken the covers off its very first model, dubbed the Air.

Teased on multiple occasions in recent months, the Lucid Air will directly target top-of-the-range Tesla Model S versions and a number of ICE executive sedans. Priced from around $160,000 in the U.S., it doesn’t come cheap but does promise a lot.

For starters, the Lucid Air is powered by two electric motors, one driving the front wheels and one powering the rear, making for a grand total of 1,000 hp. Customers then have the option between a 100 kWh or 130 kWh battery pack, the latter of which provides a range of up to 400 miles on a single charge.

Like the Model S P100D, the Air’s dual electric motors make it exceptionally quick in a fast line. As a matter of fact, the company claims it will sprint from a standstill to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a mere 2.5 seconds, identical to the P100D.

Although the Air has yet to be revealed in production-guise, the concept pictured and the prototype revealed to the press combines a stunning exterior with a futuristic and glamorous interior. Among the exterior highlights is the short front overhang and stumpy hood combined with sleek LED headlights and vertical daytime running lights.

Elsewhere, the Air includes a panoramic glass roof and a windshield which stretches up above the driver’s head, not too dissimilar to the Tesla Model X. At the rear, there is a short decklid and an extended roof line, aimed at increasing interior space.

Inside, Lucid has designed the Air to be incredibly opulent. It includes a set of reclined rear seats wrapped in white leather and surrounded by glass. The rear also includes a number of interactive displays. Up front, you’ll find a minimalist dashboard dominated by two screens making up the gauge cluster and a large square display at the base of the center console.

Lucid intends on bringing the Air to the market in 2018 and says that the first 250 cars sold will be fully equipped and priced from around $160,000. Reservations have been opened for customers with a $25,000 deposit required. After the range-topping Air hits the market, a less expensive version will launch.

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  • Kash

    This I want. This is an EV design I can get behind and truly enjoy looking at. Even if it has a touch of Optima in the face. I really like the rear half and how it looks very similar to a wagon from the side yet sedan from the back.

  • Maa_4861

    Damn. I would sell my house, family and organs to buy this.

    • Andy

      Looks pretty ’90s to me, specially interiors and the rear end. Keep your organs.

      • Andy

        I found it! They took an old Renault design as ‘inspiration’ Renault Megan’s concept 1988. After all they are Chinese, copy paste guys….

  • WG

    This is a beautiful and unique design. It looks like Tesla’s finally gotten a real rival now.

    • Aquaflex

      Yep! There is some tech in this beast too!

    • Kaisuke971

      I’d love to see how it compares with the Panamera Turbo, since they seem to cost around the same.

  • Aquaflex

    Meh, I like it but it’s an all new unproven car. I would rather just get a Tesla Model 3 maxed out and call it a day! I am glad they are building the Lucid though and I hope it sells well.

  • Kaisuke971

    That’s how you do it. Instead of teasing for months, just go all in. Your move now, Faraday Future.

    • Kash

      Lucid has done their fair share of teasing as well, but they used a camo wrapped tester to tease.

      • Kaisuke971

        There is a difference between showing a camoed concept and doing 20 videos in a span of a year

  • AstonMartin

    Love it, gotta have it!

  • Big Black Duck

    beautiful..i want one…curious why they would make this a sedan vs a suv..on a separate note despite all the technology no car maker has still come up with a substitute for the wiper blade..

    • Ary Wisesa

      I already want them to make estate version it. I bet it would be just as gorgeous, if not more. 🙂

      • Big Black Duck

        I wouldn’t need viagra if they made an estate version

        • Ary Wisesa

          Hahaha… I agree with you. 😀

  • MarketAndChurch

    It feels like a Ford designer designed this. The body especially, and the rear. You get a little Ford Interceptor concept, with some Ford Focus and even a little Lincoln. The face is clean with some Kia themes, and the overall design is both very “international” and curiously French. Very nicely done, and I can’t imagine the BMW I5 outdoing this.

    • supermanuel

      You’re spot on with the French thing- this looks like something Renault would do if it were still making massive hatchbacks. You’re right too about KIA, definitely some KIA in there. The interior looks a hell of a lot better than anything Tesla has produced so far too.

  • Craig

    Based on its looks – it would be a great Dodge Charger replacement.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Getting the bus would be a good Charger replacement.

      • Craig

        You’re a laugh riot.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Nice

  • Shane

    Looks like they combined a Chrysler 200 and a Dodge Charger together.

    • Six_Tymes

      wow, your right.

      • mccarluvr123

        What about his right?

  • LexusGXman

    11/10 NOW PLEASE MAKE AN AFFORDABLE ONE!!!

  • Jim Jones ©

    Can anyone give any insight as to why some form of solar panel integration has yet to appear in EV design? I’m guessing there is a cost/efficiency factor but it seems a logical step to have some kind of inclusion for charging on the go.

    • Six Thousand Times

      The Fisker Karma had a solar-panelled roof. According to Bob Lutz (who bought the remains of Karma production,) it didn’t really generate enough power to actually power anything. Lutz is pretty savvy – and has forgotten more about cars than I will ever know but I wonder if solar power could be used to power the air-con to keep your interior cool when the car is stopped in say, the Middle East or Arizona.

      • KareKakk

        You’re spot on about the geographical aspect… in Norway, the sun is at a low somewhat 30degree angle this part of the year, during summer a little higher, so you have to literally park the car up a wall to make proper use of such panels on the roof.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Yeah, it looks a lot more interesting than a Tesla Model S but…is it actually (honestly) going to happen? Hate Tesla all you want or just be slightly suspicious, like me but they are building and selling cars.

  • AT THIS PRICE AN OPULENT INTERIOR IS EXPECTED, ONE PLACE WHERE TESLA FALLS BEHIND.
    I DON’T FIND IT PARTICULARLY ATTRACTIVE AND I’M NOT SURE ABOUT THE BACK LIGHT OVER THE SEAT ESPECIALLY WHILE RECLINING.

  • UZ

    Although I appreciate that the design is very different to everything else, I don’t like it. There are some design rules (the golden ratio to name just one) designers should always try to adhere to, even when designing something unique. To me, Tesla 3 got that just right.

    • Bash

      what is it that you don’t like about this design wise? you got me all interested really. specially about what you mentioned about the golden ratio thing.. would you please give more explanation.

    • TheHake

      I prefer this to the Tesla 3, BECAUSE it looks different. It might have “different-than-normal” ratios in bonnet, body and boot, but it makes it look good. This was not lazy design.

  • Bob

    Mmm. There are few things more satisfying than the first time I get to take in a stunning car.

  • JudeK

    Beautiful design. I hope they succeed!

  • RunningLogan

    Awesome car! Please make it to production!

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    what is that shit?

  • Hints of a vw scirocco from some angles.

  • Just needs a couple more screens inside the interior and I’ll order one.

  • Akira

    Not enough screens.

  • salamOOn

    Absolutely stunning design and world class CGI renders!

  • Bash

    I never thought I would ever love and in fact fall for and completely be sold for a design of an EV… this thing is really beautiful and promising… would love to see it in its production version…

  • Gustavo Adriano

    Look Mercedes, this is how a dashboard is made.

    • Six_Tymes

      you mean design? pretty sure Mercedes knows how to make a dashboard.

      • Gustavo Adriano

        I hate that 4 vents, sorry. I prefer the clean design from BMW.

  • Bash

    it does remind me of the panamera, and love the hood and front end treatment giving it sort of a muscle car (little Camaro and charger in there), felt some jag and benz in the interior.. and are those a touch screens that double as a table top. I don’t see this going to the final production version, but I like that idea…!!

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    is it a concept or the finished item?beautiful & futuristic. exudes innovation.makes the Tesla look like an old gen’ mazda 6..i wonder how the trunk opens?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Tesla has just got a warning slug.

  • ejd1984

    I’d be happy with a 350-400hp and a 600mi+ range.

    I really like the design. Looks like it could have been a modern-day electric Oldsmobile.

  • Karl

    Well done one Lucid Motor Company! A credible alternative to Tesla!

  • Karl

    Does anyone knows if Lucid Motor is a publicly traded company? If so,now would be a good time to get some shares…

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks brilliant!

  • U8INIT

    TESLA WHO?!…this is SEXY AF and looks like the Mutha $ucking future…

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    see it to believe it, until then it’s vaporware

  • MultiKdizzle

    Maybe some Citroen up front, Panamera out back.

    But overall, quite an original style from Lucid.

  • cool

  • Ary Wisesa

    Very beautiful car. It looks years ahead of its time. I hope it has high quality and reliability to match its gorgeous hi-tech design. By the way I love the picture of it in the dark forest. It combines the beauty of nature with the beautiful engineering piece. It is what high tech should be, to be harmonious with the nature itself.

  • caruser

    Wow! Inside and outside just beautiful. Way better than the Tesla design.

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