The Tesla Model S is set to get a rival in 2018, when Lucid Motors’ Air makes its market debut. The new EV by the California-based manufacturer is looking to trump the Tesla by offering more of everything, from performance and operating range to luxury.

Initial details that have been bandied are impressive – the car will have an output of 1,000 hp, juiced by a 130 kWh battery pack, and a 640 km operating range has been touted. The company says it will also be autonomous-ready, with a comprehensive sensor suite able to scale to complete autonomy in the future.

Thanks to a floor-layout battery pack placement, the Air won’t sacrifice interior space. Lucid says that the car boasts an interior length of a full-size luxury sedan in a midsize footprint. Novelties include a rear executive seating option (with up to 55 degrees of recline available), voice control as well as a 29-speaker audio system with active noise cancellation.

Reports indicate that the Air won’t be a cheap proposition, with around US$100,000 (RM446,000) being touted for a fully-specified example, though word is that a cheaper US$65,000 (RM290,000) version will be offered somewhere down the line.

The Chinese-backed startup began life as Atieva, making batteries for electric buses. In October, Atieva was renamed to Lucid Motors, and said it would be making the transition to automaker with the debut of its new electric sedan.

Last month, it announced Casa Grande, Arizona as the location for its manufacturing facility, and earlier this month revealed Samsung SDI as a strategic partner. Samsung SDI will be a major supplier of the lithium-ion cells that will be used in the Air’s battery packs.