After launching the Lucid Air as a fully-loaded electric ultra-sedan, its makers are turning their attention downmarket with more attainable trims (well, if you define that word broadly enough), and we now finally know what the absolute base model has to offer. The Lucid Air Pure RWD starts at $89,050 including a strong $1,650 freight charge. That’s still a lot of money, but it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than an Air Grand Touring.
What’s more, although many features are stripped out, a sense of style and tech remains intact. Essentially, the Pure is the ID to the Grand Touring’s DS, and anyone shopping for a mid-size luxury sedan should consider the following.
Range anxiety is still a very real thing. While the Lucid Air Pure RWD won’t cure it, an estimated range of 406 miles should go a long way to allay fears. That’s longer than the distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco, which is about as long as you’d want to drive without a bathroom break unless you’re some sort of cannonball maniac. It’s also about on par with the range of a Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Tesla Model S, while being several thousand dollars cheaper—and a lot newer.
Driving enthusiasts will love to hear that this range at this price point doesn’t mean a compromise on acceleration. Despite only supplying torque to the rear two wheels, the entry-level Lucid Air is said to be good for a 4.4-second zero-to-60 mph time. That’s Mustang GT levels of quick. But it’s also worth noting the aforementioned Model S has the Lucid handily beat on speed, getting from stop to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. (Speaking of comparison cars, the E39 was a benchmark when developing the Air, so let’s hope that translates to driving dynamics somehow.)
Right, time for all the stuff you don’t get as standard for that $89,050. There’s no glass roof, but instead a simple aluminum affair. Metallic paint comes with an eye-watering $1,000 surcharge. Small 19-inch wheels with all-season tires take up residence in the wheel wells. The upholstery isn’t actually the hide of a beast. Oh, and the sound system isn’t the upgraded Surreal Sound Pro affair. Still, that’s about it for decontenting, which seems quite reasonable.
If you do wish to have summer tires or a premium sound system or the most advanced driver assistance systems Lucid has to offer, you can add them all back as options. They won’t come cheap, so it’s best to keep the Pure trim superleggera. Come to think of it, that makes this version of the Air the sort of sports sedan the internet dreamed of. Sure, it’s not fitted with a fire-breathing V8, but it’s a fairly no-nonsense big sedan capable of carving a canyon.
Expect the base-spec Lucid Air Pure to be available later this year, with pre-orders open now. While it’s not as sharply honed around straight-line performance as the Model S nor as cushy as the Mercedes-Benz EQS, it’s still a welcome addition to the big EV sedan world and the price tag is more enticing than ever.
(Photo credits: Lucid Motors)
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