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Hey Y'all, it's me, again your friendly auto journalist interested in all things electric.


Lucid's putting on a show on the evening of 11/15 for a few of us media folks, chronicling some new models it wants to show us. It's super late here in Ohio, but I leave out in the morning and fly to LA to check out what the brand has to offer.

Just like last time, check back here for details, and updates, and don't hesitate to ask questions!


- Kevin W
 

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It seems like they officially confirmed in a new teaser yesterday that we'll see some kind of update on the Gravity. Have they told you anything official, or is it all just going to be a surprise?
 

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Hey @KevinWAutoJourno! Any and all information on the Gravity would be greatly appreciated, especially photos.

Also, could you check and see if Lucid says anything about the midsize sedan that's reportedly coming out.

 

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It seems like they officially confirmed in a new teaser yesterday that we'll see some kind of update on the Gravity. Have they told you anything official, or is it all just going to be a surprise?
So, the Gravity has been unveiled, although earlier than the initial date - looks like another outlet screwed up the embargo! Oh well. Now ya know.

The event is only supposed to chronicle the entire Air lineup, including the now officially on sale Pure and Touring models. Lucid says the Gravity won't be at the event, but I wouldn't be surprised if they're leading me on. We'll see.
 

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Welp, that sucks a little bit! Just had an e-mail back and forth with a Lucid PR rep; someone broke the embargos, so maybe the surprise is a little spoiled.


Still, the event should be some great time to get hands on the Lucid Air Pure and Touring, and chat with some execs. Defnitely going to try and get some information on the Gravity.
 

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Really curious to hear how the noticeable the cost cutting is in the Pure's interior.
I'm also curious, too. Because at least according to the press release, the Pure is the only trim to use Lucid's synthetic leather replacements.

Personally, I think the body-colored roof is superior, I plan on asking why we can't get a body colored roof alongside the glass canopy.
 

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Hey @KevinWAutoJourno! Any and all information on the Gravity would be greatly appreciated, especially photos.

Also, could you check and see if Lucid says anything about the midsize sedan that's reportedly coming out.

Oooh, will do. When I was at the Lucid Air GT/GTP launch, I said "man if you guys made a Lucid Model 3, I think you'd have a real hit on your hands," and Derek Jenkins gave me a knowing smirk. Let's see if I can get some real information out of him this time.
 

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I'm also curious, too. Because at least according to the press release, the Pure is the only trim to use Lucid's synthetic leather replacements.

Personally, I think the body-colored roof is superior, I plan on asking why we can't get a body colored roof alongside the glass canopy.
Not only the interior differences but I'd like to know how much if a difference the Pure and Touring feel behind the wheel compared to the higher spec models. Acceleration, ride quality, turning, road noise, etc.
 

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Oooh, will do. When I was at the Lucid Air GT/GTP launch, I said "man if you guys made a Lucid Model 3, I think you'd have a real hit on your hands," and Derek Jenkins gave me a knowing smirk. Let's see if I can get some real information out of him this time.
I think we're likely to see a small crossover from them before a sedan. Hopefully you can get some hint from them that it will happen. It should sell just as well as the Model 3 rival.
 

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Oooh, will do. When I was at the Lucid Air GT/GTP launch, I said "man if you guys made a Lucid Model 3, I think you'd have a real hit on your hands," and Derek Jenkins gave me a knowing smirk. Let's see if I can get some real information out of him this time.
If you can pry some info out of them that'd be huge. Even another smirk would be good enough for me. :ROFLMAO:
 

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Alrighty, y'all. I'm back, after far too long, and maybe one too many Sapphire blue cocktails. Sorry, I couldn't respond quicker, I learned as I got dressed for the Lucid gala, that I had somehow left my computer charger back home, 2,000 miles away.

Woof. It was a bit of a struggle to find a store that carried a charger for a Microsoft Surface Book, but I did it!

Anyways, unfortunately, Lucid wasn't bluffing, the Gravity was not in attendance at the gala, which I think was a miscalculation. The entire Air lineup was there, however - from Pure, all the way up to the Sapphire. Would've been nice to get some seat time, or at least look at the Gravity up close, even if it were to be a basic clay styling buck that can't moved or sat in.

So, as spoke with Justin Berkowitz, I learned that a lot of Lucid's reservation holders for the Air, are for the Pure and Touring models. It's a pretty big deal that these models are finally on sale, it seems like they'll be Lucid's bread and butter since the higher-trimmed models are so much more expensive. In fact, Lucid delivered three of the first run of Lucid Air Touring models to customers who had been invited out for the event.

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After a welcome speech from Derek Jenkins and Peter Rawlinson, I sat down in the Lucid Air Pure. Remember, the Pure has the 18-module battery pack instead of the 22-module pack, and it comes with the Pureluxe leatherette interior, and a body-colored metal roof. The roof was probably the most significant change, in my opinion. The metal roof completely changes the vibe of the car, it's not as airy and open, but a little coccoon-like, especially with the dark grey Alcantara headliner. Some might like that, I don't know if I had enough seat time with the car to say whether or not that choice was good or bad.

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Purelux is great. I think that most laypeople wouldn't notice it isn't leather; I'd put it above Mercedes' MBTEX, and on par with whatever Cadillac puts in their interiors. It's nice to know that if you don't opt for the Nappa leather, you're still getting a high-quality finish. Right now, the Purelux is only on the Pure trim (it's the only option), but Lucid didn't rule out the Purelux interior making its way to the Touring model as well.

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The Touring model felt basically identical to the Grand Touring and Grand Touring performance, except, the rear seating position had definitely been improved with the new carveouts for the smaller battery.

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I schmoozed around with a few of the Lucid HQ staff, and more than one said "Hey, we've got a Lucid Air Touring prototype rolling around, you want to come back tomorrow and give it a spin?"

"Heck yeah," I said.
 

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This morning, I made my way back to the Lucid Beverly Hills studio, to get better pics of the Air Pure and Touring, and get some seat time with the Touring model. Unfortunately, Lucid didn’t have a Pure ready to drive, but it did have the Touring.

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Yet again, Justin Berkowitz was pretty adamant that car I’d be driving is a prototype “somewhere between pre-production, and maybe series production,” meaning there were some elements on the car physically that likely wouldn’t be 100%. Still, he assured me the car would be pretty good, and was unlikely to do anything weird on the 30 minutes or so I had with the car.

In theory, the Touring is less car, but less being a relative term. It’s still got two motors and 661 horsepower, so its still lighting quick. On paper, though, the touring is about a second slower from 0-60, but like, 3.8 seconds is nigh imperceptible compared to high 2’s of the Grand Touring and Grand Touring Performance.

On LA city streets, the Air Touring still feels as agile and smooth riding as the higher trims. It appears the smaller battery hasn’t affected ride or handling much at all. That’s great, though.

Out of all the variants I’ve had seat time with, I think the Pure and Touring models have the strongest value proposition, especially the Touring.

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Yet again, this was a prototype, so I can’t really speak too much on noise etc, although it did seem about the same as any other Lucid Air variant.
 

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Lucid also had a refreshed version of the UX in the Touring prototype I drove. Not sure if this has been pushed to customers yet, but it’s definitely better than the initial version I tested back in July.

Like, we’ve finally got album art via Bluetooth.

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Also, I can navigate my music library via Bluetooth; the bottom screen finally does something important rather than just show a pretty map or HVAC controls.
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Overall, responsiveness is way up. You still can’t view the map and song titles at the same time, which seems to be a simple fix and a weird oversight from the brand. Yet again, the Lucid team assured me that it was coming soon.
 

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Some Q’s

  • I pressed them on the body color roof rails + glass canopy. As far as I can tell, it’s still merely a consideration. Personally, I think the body-colored roof on the Air Pure is really slick looking.
  • Lucid wouldn’t give me too many more deets on the Gravity or post-Gravity cars, just that a smaller Lucid will be coming soon after the Gravity officially launches. So like….2025?
Anyways, thanks again y’all for reading and going on with this journey. I can’t wait to share more Lucid things as they happen!
 
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