How does the Lucid Air stack up against the competition?

Now that we all know that the Lucid Air will start at $60,000 (earlier than making use of the federal tax credit score that’s obtainable for electrical automobiles), persons are going to begin comparability procuring. The primary competitor that springs to thoughts is that different all-electric luxurious sedan, the Tesla Mannequin S.

The Air is considerably cheaper than the Mannequin S 60, particularly on the base degree, the place the Mannequin S begins round $80,000. They’ve an identical per-charge vary, with the Air anticipated to have 240 miles and the Mannequin S 60 at 210 miles, as rated by the EPA. Additionally they have related space for storing in two trunks — entrance and rear — with 32 cubic ft mixed within the Air and 31.6 cubic ft within the Mannequin S.

Additionally they share a capability for autonomous driving however not the flexibility. All of the is in place, however you’ll must pay additional for the software program that makes it occur. For that matter, Tesla and Lucid provide lengthy lists of non-obligatory gear that can ship the value hovering properly over six figures. Lucid could have a 1000-hp option, whereas the Mannequin S Premium Upgrades package deal has the Bioweapons Defense Mode. Your choice depends upon whether or not you need to outrun the apocolypse or run it by way of filters.

However Lucid CTO Peter Rawlinson said in an interview at CES 2017 that Tesla, which he admires for “making it look easy,” was not Lucid’s prime competitor. Lucid Motors is gunning for extra established sports activities luxurious manufacturers like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. The facilities within the Air are on this class, like 4 screens (three of that are contact screens), 12-way energy entrance seats and rear seats that recline 55 levels.

Its closest Audi competitor is probably going the A7, which begins just below $70,000. It’s acquired 333 horsepower, which the bottom mannequin Air betters by 67 horses. It has 24.5 cubic ft of space for storing, among the many finest in its class however far lower than the Air. However the A7 has some options that we don’t know if the Air will embody, like customary heated seats, navigation, and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The BMW 640i begins at round $77,000, with a six-cylinder engine that produces 315 hp. ADAS methods, like lively cruise management and pedestrian detection, are non-obligatory, although navigation and heated seats are customary on all 6-series fashions. Its cargo house is common for the category at 16 cubic ft, which appears paltry in contrast with the EVs.

The Mercedes CLS begins at about $67,000, making it closest in value to the Lucid Air. It’s acquired 329 hp within the CLS400, so the Air is the clear winner within the energy division. Lively brake help is customary within the CLS400, as are Mercedes’s Pre-Secure computerized braking system and Consideration Help, which helps you to know while you’re too sleepy to drive. However the CLS is the most important loser in cargo house, with 15 cubic ft within the trunk — lower than half of what you’ll discover within the EVs’ two trunks.

Lucid plans to construct 10,000 vehicles in its first 12 months of manufacturing, which can happen in Casa Grande, Arizona. Prototype vehicles have had a lot of the expertise in place, however not the refined inside design and state-of-the-art infotainment methods luxurious consumers count on. A top-notch inside shall be a requirement for any consumers who’re toying with the thought of crossing over from a centry-old sports activities luxurious model to a brand new alternative-fuel sedan.

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