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Pricing for the base model Lucid Air has been announced a year or two out from the start of production.

According to the startup car maker, the base version of the Lucid Air will have a starting price of US$60,000 ($78,100) or US$52,500 ($68,400) after the US federal tax credit.

The base model will be rear-wheel drive and have a 298kW (400hp) electric motor. A fully charged battery should give it a driving range of around 386 kilometres (240 miles).

Standard features will include a five-seat layout, LED headlights, all the necessary hardware for autonomous driving, four high resolution screens, 19-inch alloy wheels, 10-speaker sound system, 12-way power adjustment for the front seats, front and rear boots with a total luggage space of around 900 litres, and over-the-air software updates.

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By comparison, the entry-level Tesla Model S 60D is priced at US$68,000 ($88,600) before the federal tax credit. The 60D has a 225kW motor driving the rear wheels, and its 60kWh battery pack is good for an EPA range of 338km.

Lucid says that the Air can be optioned up with either 507km and 644km battery packs, as well as other drivetrains, including a top-of-the-range 746kW (1000hp) twin-motor setup with all-wheel drive.

Other options include active suspension, a panoramic roof, executive rear seats that can recline up to 55 degrees, a 29-speaker sound system with noise cancellation, 21-inch alloy wheels, active suspension, and front seats with heating, ventilation, dynamic bolsters, massage, and 22-way electric adjustment.

The company isn’t ready to price these options yet, but says that a fully equipped Air will cost north of US$100,000 ($130,000).

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In a move straight from Tesla’s playbook, the first 255 Airs heading down the production line will be highly equipped Launch Edition models. Each will have a sticker price of over US$100,000 and will, at least, feature the 746kW drivetrain, upgraded audio system, and 507km battery pack.

The order books are open for both the base model and Launch Edition. Lucid hasn’t completed its factory in Arizona, and the first cars aren’t expected to appear until 2018 or 2019.

Lucid has yet to announce any plans about exports, so it’s not clear when or if we’ll see the Lucid Air down under.

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