Lucid Air Grand Touring is an EV With Style, Power and 516 Miles of Range

Lucid Air Grand Touring is an EV With Style, Power and 516 Miles of Range

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The Lucid Air Grand Touring is kind of  a rare car, beautiful on the inside,   stunning on the outside and achieves  hyperspeed-like acceleration . Man!    The automotive industry is a cruel  merciless business. For decades,   it s been ruled by behemoths. Few upstarts have  survived, heck, even established brands have   disappeared. But lately, it seems like even  the kid down the street is ready to launch   an electric vehicle company. Not familiar  with this name? I like it, but what s,  

what brand is it. Lucid. Oh it s a Lucid.  Brand new brand The Lucid Air, a Grand   Touring model in this case, grabs eyeballs like  few cars I ve witnessed. Some get, emotional    He just HAD to do that People inherently  see it as an EV, though oddly many think it   s a Tesla. Clearly it s not. The Air is a smidge  smaller than Model S. Other competitors? BMW i7,   Mercedes EQS and maybe the smaller Porsche  Taycan or Audi e-tron GT. Obviously   Lucid is a very new independent car company.  It s ramping up production, in 2022 it managed   to deliver just over 7,000 vehicles. It s  headquarters are in Newark California, not  

that far away from Fremont and these are built in  Arizona just outside of Phoenix in Casa Grande.    This is not for the Chevy Bolt crowd. A base  rear-drive Pure model starts at $87,400,   the MSRP on this Grand Touring is $140,600.  This is before any incentives from Lucid or the   government all of which seem to change daily.  Standard Grand Touring stuff includes Dream  

Drive semi-autonomous driving tech. This one s  equipped with Dream Drive Pro with enough cameras   and sensors to supply a Supermax security site,  including Lidar. There s also dual motor all-wheel   drive and Lucid s large 112kWh battery pack that  s EPA rated to deliver a bladder busting 516 miles   of range. The best in the biz. With 819 horsepower  and 885 pound-feet of instant torque (SOUND UP)   it s less expensive than buying your own roller  coaster. Takes up less real estate too.    That thrust is courtesy of unusually  compact motors weighing about 67 pounds,   with a differential integrated into the rotor. The  unique cooling is done near the stator s copper  

winding. The Sapphire model gets a three-motor  powertrain for claimed sub 2 second 0-60 runs.   The lithium-ion pack uses cylindrical cells, 300  per module. Liquid cooling is channeled through   an aluminum plate on top of each module  instead around the sides of the cells,   helping to keep the modules compact. Those are  packaged in a composite case that s structural and   curved for better aerodynamics. The compact size  of the motors and pack open up space in the cabin.  

Grand Touring tips the scales at some 5,200 pounds  (2,360 kilos), the pack is heavy so the center of   gravity is low. This is a modular architecture,  expect to find it under a three-row SUV dubbed   Gravity. Lucid uses a 900+V architecture. It can  juice very fast at the right DC fast chargers,   with a max charge rate of over 300kW. Seems like  Lucid s trying to up all-commers. This is one   of those cars that doesn t have an on off switch,  butts in seats turn the Air on. And there is no   parking brake release, if you re in park the brake  is on, shift to drive or reverse, and it releases   automatically. The gauge cluster is 34-inches  of curved 5K-resolution display, divided up into  

three zones, one oriented for infotainment,  another for driving data and a section that   controls stuff like lights, trunk releases and  the charge port door. Regenerative braking toggles   from mild to aggressive and there are drive modes  that range from docile to spirited to let s get   the legal team to sign off on this. Dampers are  adaptive. Lucid s powertrain is single-speed,   the traditional selector is intuitive. There  s phone-as-key technology, I used this chubby   Pringle chip fob. Grand Touring here will  spring to 60 miles an hour in three seconds flat.   If that s not fast enough for you, there s always  the Grand Touring Performance with 1050 hp, that   drops 0 to 60 runs to 2.6 seconds. It also lowers  range by 70 miles and ups the price by 40 grand  

so only you can tell if that thrill ride is worth  it. Here, acceleration is still fairly violent    Ha ha!   That is so much fun. Plenty of  power to pass slow moving vehicles.   Plenty of power to pass fast moving vehicles. And  apparently top speed is over 200 miles an hour,   not tested by yours truly, at  least I m not going to admit it    Unlike many potent cars, the Air is relaxed  at slow speeds. It s a pussycat in town,   that can transform to a caffeinated tiger in the  right conditions. It s a dynamic that even season  

automakers don t always nail down. Suspension  is a little bit on the firm side. Meaning body   movements are very nicely controlled, but the  semi active dampers do a great job of keeping   this car comfortable. Plus you know these are low  profile tires. I m kind of surprised there aren   t more sharp bumps making their way up through  the seat. Steering weight is on the hefty side,   a dynamic I prefer. And there s road feel through  the wheel. So the Grand Touring is a fun dancing   partner considering it casts a large luxury  sedan shadow. Visibility is good, however the   steep rake of the glass and thick A pillars make  for a sizeable blind spot forward. The Air, slices  

through the stuff, the most aerodynamic vehicle on  the road with a coefficient of drag under .2.    At highway speeds, about the only thing you re  going to hear is the slight rush of wind over   the body and it s very faint, considering  how aerodynamic this car is. The thing is,   at slower speeds like when you re driving in the  city, I m not sure that you can hear this, but   there is a good amount of motor whine something to  think about when you re test driving this car.    There are no switchable performance sounds  like Porsche Taycan. Chances are you ll  

be seduced by the deep well of torque and  the calming light that bathes the cockpit,   we in cloudy Seattle appreciate the brightness.  Folks in sunny places may feel differently. The   Lucid Grand Touring excels at travel,  it can eat up the miles.    I am not seeing 516 miles of range, for starters  it s been kind of cool in Seattle in the low 40s   plus I ve been launching this thing really hard,  you know partly to demonstrate to you, partly   to have a lot of fun. Also I found  that at speeds over 75 miles an hour,   this seems to be a lot less efficient and I have  been doing a lot of highway mileage sell closer to   400. Still really good. If you re conservative I m  sure you can get that up to 475 maybe even 500.   

Like all EVs, conditions and driving style make  a huge difference. Tesla Model S is EPA rated as   high as 406 miles, but I wouldn t be surprised  seeing closer to 300 driving like I am.    One pedal driving is really easy to do in this  car. I m in the most aggressive regen setting,   and foot off the throttle, one Mississippi, two  Mississippi, three Mississippi, four Mississippi,   five Mississippi. That s from 45 miles an hour.  The thing is, this is using just regenerative,   if I were to use the brake pedal, the  initial travel is regenerative braking,   and then it feathers into the physical disc  brakes. With Tesla you re always using the   physical brakes when you re using  the brake pedal. Oh, and the pedal  

feel, when you re transitioning from recuperation  to the actual physical brakes is seamless    I m going to do a separate piece on Dream Drive  Pro, Lucid s semi-autonomous driving tech. For   now, before planned updates, it s not true  hands-free like Super Cruise. As it stands,   Dream Drive is confident but does want hands  on the wheel every so often. It s good  

stuff and apparently it s going to get a whole lot  better I ll also cover charging more thoroughly   in my second piece. With its built in Wonderbox  charger and 900+V architecture, Lucid claims this   is the fastest charging EV available. In optimal  conditions, it can take on 200 miles in 12 minutes   at terminals like this. And at Electrify America  stations, where charging is free for 2 years, it   supports plug-and-charge. No apps, no cards. Just  plug in and juice up Hey, it worked I shouldn  

t be surprised but with Electrify America I really  don t know what to expect. In my experience 200   miles were added in around 15 minutes, the best  take rate being 230kW, temperature probably kept   the charge curve conservative. At home, using  Level 2 with a 50A circuit, Air takes on 40 miles   every hour using the supplied cord. Lucid s more  powerful unit with bi-directional functionality   doubles that rate if you have a 100A breaker that  s free. Air supports 19.2-kW Level 2 charging.   

The Air sits low, most will need to duck a  smidge on entry, and the frunk space pushes   some components to the cabin area so the front  isn t as open as the rear. Around 5 percent   roomier than a Model S, it looks like the design  team was shopping for an Eames chair, a new suit   and some iPads. BTW this is not fixed in place,  good for stashing things not used much. Even   these are nicely finished and lined. There are a  couple nods to it s Silicon Valley engineering.   Lucid showrooms have virtual reality goggles  to help buyers see the car they re choosing,   inside and out. The indecisive can change up the  mood. The ambiance is dreamy, the light-colored   fabric and carpet would be a nightmare for me to  keep clean. Heated, vented and massaging seats are  

covered in Nappa leather, can t remember the last  time a car came with contrasting rear seats. If   the Mercedes EQS looks like a starship, the Lucid  has a Room and Board mid-century modern vibe. I   do like the blind spot monitor system. Voice  control is courtesy of Alexa. The doors, those  

are soft close on the Grand Touring and if you  find yourself in a Lucid for the first time, here   s how you get out. There are so many things to  like about this car, for those that can afford it,   but it s not perfect. I ll curse Elon for starting  the touch screen trend to save money on buttons.   Adjusting the wheel, mirrors and full function of  the seats while driving isn t fun. At least there   are a few hard buttons. This is low and way out of  a driver s sightline, not ideal at high speed. I   find walking up to unlock the doors or trunk using  the proximity key is a game of roulette. Feeling  

lucky? The stubby signal stalk has a wiper button  that I hit by accident a couple dozen times. Also   small software issues that I didn t capture  on camera came and went. Lucid assures it s   updating the system constantly. Android Auto and  Apple CarPlay will be over-the-air updates. This   is all familiar stuff to Tesla and Rivian owners.  Mainstream automakers nail it down better right   out of the box. Unless you re Volkswagen. You re  gonna complain about foot room aren t you? How did  

you know? You re kind of predictable. This one has  the larger battery so it kind of eliminated that.   Do with an Air with the smaller pack and there  will be room for your Chucks. Continue. We re both   5 foot 9 by the way. Right and at that height I ve  got that much headroom. I do need to kind of duck   to get in an out. Knee and legroom are really very  generous. It s just that whole foot room thing   that keeps my legs at a slightly awkward angle so  thigh support is just kind of average. But I will   say these doors open super wide, great if you  re getting car seats in and out all the time.  

And check this out, yeah, motorized sunshades.  Nice. And they re in the back too. if nothing else   you re fun to play with. As far as storage goes,  these are nice and pockets on both seat, that s   very nice plus a little cubby here. You can charge  your phones right there. Is there a separate   climate zone? Yes there is plus heated seats,  I mean this is an expensive car. The floor is   almost perfectly flat so in a way you have a lot  of room for your feet. By the way, I wouldn t get  

the white carpet, it s gets dirty really fast. The  glass roof makes things nice and airy back here,   no pun intended. And this is wide enough so that  three adults will have no problem. The only real   issue back here is the foot room so I suggest  looking at models with a smaller battery pack    Lucid s head of design, Dereck Jenkins, bumped  around the VW group and Mazda before drawing for   Lucid. Not sure how much he and the team make,  but they still deserve a raise. The last time   I had so many people interested in a car, it had  prancing horse logos. There s a grace and balance   about the Air s styling that ties the past to  the future. This would look awesome parked at a   Frank Lloyd Wright home. Like those, the Lucid  s interior and exterior harmonize perfectly.  

The lighting animation adds interest, but isn t  overwrought. Even the badge has personality. It s   all so distractingly attractive, it takes a moment  to realize the roof is a different paint color.    Sedans, they re just not as practical as SUV  and crossovers. Lucid doesn t make one of those,   yet. It s been teasing the Gravity though. At  least the opening is wide. The supplied charge   cord packs away perfectly, maybe run an air pump  from here, there s no spare tire. It s trimmed   out well. Skis on the roof would add aero drag and  noise. Great to have releases here, unless you re  

try to get your steps in going around to the back  doors. For a sedan, the Air has some flexibility.   As for the TP Trunk Test, we ll start with one  pack here. This space measures out at 22 cubic   feet in total, that turns out to be 6 in the back.  Up front, there s 10 cubes or two packs, you might   put carryon luggage there instead. I won t judge.  Time for the Red Light Green Light wrap up.    Green Light- Inside and out, Lucid Air is  something special to look at. It switches from  

grocery getter to Millennium Falcon performance  with ease. Even with 400 miles of observed range,   there s no anxiety at all. That especially true  considering Air s best in the biz charge speed.    Yellow Light- Quiet in most cases, there s motor  noise at lower speeds. The spacious well-crafted  

cabin that requires a slight duck to get into,  uses materials kind of casual for a $140K car some   might find. If you want best rear foot room, go  with the Touring model and its smaller pack. Red   Light- The Grand Touring s effortless elegance and  performance comes at a steep price. I experienced   a number of software phantoms that Lucid engineers  need to jump on. That can be done over-the-air,   the thick A pillar that blocks visibility is  forever. The dictionary defines the word lucid   as expressed clearly and easy to understand .  That rings true with the Air Grand Touring. It   s beauty in motion, both in copious amounts. The  fledgling automaker has weathered turbulent times,  

and there are never guarantees of success.  But something this good will have enthusiasts   rooting for it. Lucid is a new company, some are  going to be wary of that. Then there s the price,   I mean I would have to take out a second job to  afford this. Maybe a third of maybe a fourth.  

And then there are software issues and sniggly  little details. Lucid says it s on that. But   imagine waking up in the morning and walking up  to this beautiful car, dropping into this great   interior and then hitting highway on ramps at warp  speed. Could be a lot of fun. It s a striking and   comfortable sedan with gobs of power. Lucid might  be a new automaker, but it delivers the style,   performance and exclusivity that premium EV owners  want like it s been in business for decades.    Again, I ll be doing a second piece on the Lucid  Air to flesh out the details like Dream Drive Pro   and charging (which was more involved than I  showed here). I m trying to keep these videos   more concise, I hate people wasting my time. I  try not to waste yours. I highly suggest watching  

videos that Lucid has produced, the links are  in the video description. Fascinating geeky   stuff that Lucid made easy to understand.   When you re watching videos like Motor Trend,   you ll see these credits with dozens of  people. Well, this is my version of credits.  

Hey Martin, come on up here, it s Martin.  It s me and Martin. Martin drives while I   shoot running footage, so thanks Martin,  couldn t do this without Martin. He also   takes the thumbnails you see. He s a terrific  still photog. Check him out on Instagram.    Hope you got something out of my look at the Lucid  Air Grand Touring. Before I go, an observation.   It s been decades since the American automobile  industry has seen a successful new car company.  

Tucker, DeLorean, Bricklin didn t make it. We  lost AMC. We don t have brands like Oldsmobile,   Pontiac, Saturn, Mercury and Plymouth  anymore. But we do have a Tesla now,   that is clearly successful and I ve seen a number  of these in the wild, plus Rivian. I see the R1T   truck on a daily basis here in Seattle plus on  the way here I saw my first R1S SUV, so obviously   people are embracing these new companies. Even  though the vehicles are very very expensive.  

Good to see that, good to see competition, it  floats all boats. Cars in this case. Thanks for   watching, remember subscribe to this channel.  Click notifications. Follow me on social media   and leave a comment if you have a question. All  right. That s Driven. I m Tom Voelk.

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