Rival EVs from Audi and BMW will charge much less for similar upgrades.
Lucid has announced the first deliveries of its Air electric sedan equipped with the Stealth Appearance package. This moody design theme leans into the trend for blacked-out design elements that has swept across the industry over the last few years.
Last August, Lucid announced the Stealth Look package, and although the Stealth Appearance theme is similar, it is more affordable as long as the model you choose does without the Glass Canopy roof. Still, we have doubts whether this upgrade is worth the money, as we'll cover below.
The Stealth Appearance theme is quite comprehensive, with 35 altered exterior components. Instead of the default Platinum Appearance, there is a dark Stealth polished finish that Lucid says is "reminiscent of the speculaire black polishing technique employed in fine horology and jewelry."
Models with the Glass Canopy roof have dark Stealth components framing this roof, while there are black gloss and satin graphite accents elsewhere. Some of these can be seen along the lower body and surrounding the headlights and taillights.
Satin Black wheel inserts can be found on the 20-inch Aero Lite Stealth wheels, and the same applies to derivatives with the 21-inch Aero Sport Stealth wheels. This murdered-out look can be taken to the extreme when combined with Infinite Black exterior paint, but the Lucid Air with Stealth Appearance can also be finished in Stellar White, Cosmos Silver, Quantum Grey, and Zenith Red.
"The highly-anticipated Stealth Appearance will delight those who prefer a darker, more enigmatic look to the Lucid Air," said Derek Jenkins, Lucid's SVP of Design and Brand.
"Side by side, Stealth and Platinum are like seeing two altogether different vehicles, two facets of the Air personality."
Unlike the $6,000 Stealth Look announced last year, the Stealth Appearance costs $3,000 - but only for the Air Touring with the metal roof. Oddly, the configurator contradicts the press release with the same $6,000 price for the Stealth Look when configuring the Air Touring with the metal roof. All models with the Glass Canopy roof require $6,000 for the Stealth Look.
The package is unavailable on the base Air Pure, while the high-performance Air Sapphire - one of the few cars on earth that can keep up with the Tesla Model S Plaid - already comes with a Stealth Look by default.
Some rivals can get the blacked-out look for a lot less money. For example, the BMW i7 - one of the cars that lost the World Luxury Car of the Year award to the Lucid Air - can be equipped with the M Sport Professional package that adds extended Shadowline trim for $950. Even considering that you can only have this in tandem with the $900 Parking Assistance package, it still works out to far less than the Lucid's $6k.
Over at Audi, you can add the $5,900 Performance package to the e-tron GT with its various black accents, but you also get a host of extras like e-torque vectoring, rear-wheel steering, and HD Matrix-design LED headlights with laser light.
Still, at least Lucid customers have access to another customization option for the otherwise elegant and speedy Air sedan.
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