Los Angeles Auto Show 2023: Best of the show

Los Angeles Auto Show 2023: Best of the show

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the Lucid Air sedan; It represents an astonishing engineering feat of efficiency, aerodynamics and electric motors, all wrapped up in a dramatic body capped with a stunning, luxurious interior. How can Lucid improve this? Well, following up with an SUV would be a good idea, and that’s exactly what the electric automaker did with the new 2025 Gravity. With production starting in late 2024, the Gravity will be Lucid’s second model, but it may be its most popular. Unveiled at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show, the stunning new Gravity SUV represents the emerging brand building on its existing model, but its combination of exceptional style, premium packaging and added utility means it has plenty of potential to really attract more customers. To Lucid.

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Why did he win?

First, check out this design. The Gravity is said to have an aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.24, which is very slippery for an SUV, but a hallmark of Lucid design is that aerodynamics are paramount to efficiency. The Gravity’s looks aren’t as comparable to a pickup truck as the pictures suggest. lowest levels, very Low, with a roofline that doesn’t look much higher than an aero sedan, making it more of a crossover-style wagon than a proper two-box SUV like the Mercedes-EQ EQS SUV or BMW iX.

This sleekness can come about because of Lucid’s exceptional engineering and packaging: its components, such as the drive motors and electronics, are next-generation items and are much smaller and lighter than most competitors’ equipment. It’s also a three-row SUV, one of the most popular grades on the market right now — although the third row may be the best size for kids given the limited legroom (the Gravity is a midsize SUV).

The Gravity features Lucid’s next-generation electric motor, according to the company, with more than 440 miles of expected electric range and some excellent performance numbers. What does 0-60 mph in under 3.5 seconds sound like? If it has a powertrain and battery pack close to an aero sedan, a a lot Less than 3.5 seconds is not out of the question. The Gravity has a 900-volt electrical system, which theoretically means it can charge very quickly; The company claims it will add 200 miles of range in about 15 minutes on a suitable DC fast charger. One tool Gravity offers is that Air is not an air suspension system that raises the SUV for off-road work or lowers it to improve aerodynamic efficiency on highways.

But the interior is what seals the Gravity’s deal. It features an evolution of the Air’s cockpit that combines a stunning 34-inch continuous display across the instrument panel with an additional large touchscreen on the center console. Combined with an interior replete with luxurious materials and styled with influence from mid-century modern furniture, it conveys luxury and premium quality without the exoticism seen in many competing luxury electric vehicles. This level of sophistication, premium quality and simple, excellent design could come from an up-and-coming car manufacturer that deserves all the credit it can get.

That’s why we’ve named the 2025 Lucid Gravity luxury electric SUV as a 2023 Best of Show winner.

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