The Lucid Air electric vehicle is getting ready to hit the market soon, and surprisingly, it’s not trying to compete with Tesla. Instead, the automaker plans to set its sights on Mercedes-Benz. However, it needs to release its trim models first.
What can we expect with the Lucid Air Pure?
The wait had been long since the announcement about five years ago. Which trims will be released this year? Which ones do we have to wait another year for?
According to MotorTrend, the Air Pure is the base model of the group of Lucid vehicles coming to dealerships within the next year. It’s expected to come as the cheapest option with a price tag of $77,400. It also qualifies for the $7,500 tax credit for new electric vehicles, which would bring the starting price down to $69,900.
You get one electric motor in the rear that produces 480 hp and is expected to go approximately 406 miles on a single charge for that price. The manufacturer also reports that you can add another 300 miles in about 20 minutes if you use a 900-volt fast charger.
Compared to Tesla, this model is expected to have a further driving range than what you get from all models of Elon Musk’s iconic electric vehicle. It’s also said to come with the perfect balance of performance and comfort, as well as its long driving range. However, this model isn’t expected to show up until 2022.
What will the Lucid Air Touring offer?
Next up in the Lucid lineup is the Air Touring model, which reportedly costs $95,000 before the tax credit. For that price, you get two motors, one driving the front and the other driving the rear wheels. They will generate a combined 620 hp.
The driving range is the same as the Air Pure, which is 406 miles with 19-inch wheels. If you opt for 21-inch wheels, the numbers drop.
The acceleration time is estimated to be 2.7 seconds for a 0 to 60 mph run. That’s a bit slower than the Porsche Taycan Turbo S model, which can do it in 2.4 seconds. At a speed of 123 mph, the quarter-mile run brings a time of 11.3 seconds, closer to the Porsche model doing the same run in 11 seconds, going 123.4 mph. Like the Air Pure, the Air Touring won’t be available until 2022 or possibly late 2021.
What about the two most expensive models?
Last we heard, the Lucid Grand Touring and the Dream Edition would be released into the market around the second to the third quarter of 2021. Is that set in stone? No. Lucid Air has seen setbacks already since the vehicle was announced in 2016.
The Lucid Air Grand Touring is the second most expensive model in the lineup. At $139,000, the Grand Touring promises 800 hp from its two motors combined and should offer a driving range of 517 miles.
The Lucid Air Dream Edition is the most expensive model in the lineup. It will offer a dual-motor setup, which can produce a total of 1,080 hp and give you a 2.5 second acceleration time. That makes it the most powerful model as well.
The two most inexpensive trims aren’t expected to come out until next year, so you’ll have a bit of a wait. However, if you’re willing to shell out more money, you can snag one of the more expensive trims sometime later this year.