By on November 12, 2020

Details of the upcoming Rivian R1T and R1S electric vehicles leaked just hours ahead of the company sharing some equipment options for the various trims and announcing that the online configurations (allowing you to build your own) will launch on November 16th.

As of now, Rivian’s plan involves offering identical trims for the R1T pickup and R1S SUV — splitting the two body styles into Adventure and Explorer packages. While the former is a bit more upscale, both come with a panoramic roof, vegan upholstery, and are big on connectivity. Wi-Fi is embedded and allows for Rivian to issue over-the-air updates. There’s also the First Edition model, which is effectively a gussied up version of the Adventure going to true believers that booked their EVs well in advance.

The Adventure package adds creature comforts like heated/cooled seats, nicer materials inside the cabin, “Rivian Elevation 360” stereo system (with a removable Bluetooth speaker), and remote monitoring (to check the car’s vitals or make sure it’s not been stolen). Owners will also receive an onboard air compressor, tow hooks, and enhanced under-body protection for when you decided to try your hand at rock crawling. Those selecting the R1T pickup also get a power tonneau cover.

Explorer models fail to embrace the Adventure’s natural-grained ash wood interior finishes, adjustable front seats, Chilewich floor mats, or yellow accenting. The heated seats are still there, but they aren’t ventilated. The surround-sound audio system is there too, but you don’t get the removable speakers. There’s even a complementary tonneau cover for the pickup version, but you have to affix or remove it by hand.

This makes the Explorer quite a bit cheaper than the Adventure trim, however. The Rivian Owners Forum lists the R1T Adventure at $75,000 while the R1S comes in at $77,500. Explorer trims for the pickup and SUV are $67,500 and $70,000, respectively. Those numbers were later confirmed by the manufacturer, as was the “300+ mile” battery pack that comes standard in all Rivian products. The company also plans on issuing long-range variants (offering an estimated 400 miles of range) and cheaper, short-ranged versions in 2022.

If you can’t wait that long, First Edition models are supposed to start landing in people’s driveways in August 2021. Everything else isn’t supposed to arrive until January of 2022 at the earliest. The business also wants to launch a “Rivian Adventure Network” in the United States with fast-charging stations capable of recouping 140 miles in just 20 minutes.

Unfortunately, there’s no timeline for that program, and it’s another example of an EV manufacturer trying to have its own proprietary charging network — which is likely to incorporate fees masquerading as limited offers where you get “free” electricity for a few months. We’re also slightly concerned about where and how vehicles will be serviced since Rivian isn’t doing the dealership thing.

More details are supposed to be made available as we inch closer to launch. But we’re assuming the vehicles will launch with the 135-kWh pack. Rivian has also assured us that production models are still on track for 0-60 mph in 3 seconds and the ability to tow up to 11,000 pounds with the R1T (7,000 pounds on the R1S). Vehicles are also slated to receive advanced driving aids as standard that the company claims borders on autonomous driving. Considering how driving assistance and connectivity features rarely offer as much utility as manufacturers claim, we’re reserving judgment until we’ve actually gotten some seat time.

[Image: Rivian]




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18 Comments on “New Details Emerge for Rivian R1T, R1S Configurations...”

  • avatar

    The tyranny of sedans pretending to be trucks. Why won’t they just concede?

    • 0 avatar

      We have proportional representation in the automotive marketplace.

      Nobody has to concede, because every kind of buyer gets matched to the vehicle that they like the best.

      We could choose to have proportional representation with our politicians, too, but we don’t do it this way here in the USA.

      • 0 avatar

        @Luke42, side note on the conventional dealer model (not directed at you):

        Find 30 non-enthusiast vehicle owners and ask them if the paint on their vehicle was their first choice of colors. Then ask them if they got exactly the content they wanted, or if they compromised somewhere to get a vehicle which was in-stock.

        [Yes they got the vehicle they liked best of the choices available, but a different sales model could give them an even better match.]

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I’d be far more interested in the R1S SUV than any truck.

    Will Ford really let Rivian use the “Explorer” name, even for a trim level?

    This is the first I’ve heard of the “Rivian Adventure Network”, a name certainly borne of a few people sitting around one night with drinks in hand. They’re crazy for trying it.

    Somebody, sometime, needs to start paying Tesla a license fee for the existing Supercharger network. Just as Chademo is dying in the US (a good thing), is Rivian trying to create another charging protocol, or are they simply trying to provide more CCS chargers whose revenue goes to Rivian?

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      It looks like they’re trying to establish their own but the details are so fresh (and limited) that I would imagine this is all subject to change. Fun fact, I recently learned VW is also planning to launch upcoming EVs (specifically the ID.4) with a free fast charging for a limited time on the Electrify America charging network. That presumably means you’ll be paying into a subscription model after the year-long trail runs out.

  • avatar

    Here we go again. The design and engineering of these vehicles has very likely not been completed, quoting specs and list prices is premature. Quoting production and availability is even more perilous. They just keep showing the same old tired prototypes, probably the only ones they have. Expect delays, followed by excuses, followed by more delays.
    Put up or shut up – where have I heard that recently??

  • avatar

    “the R1T Adventure at $75,000 while the R1S comes in at $77,500. Explorer trims for the pickup and SUV are $67,500 and $70,000, respectively.”

    I know everyone on TTAC is a millionaire and I know that people do buy the Steakhouse Super Chrome Editions of current trucks, but $70K to start still seems pretty fecking expensive to me.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      Secondhand Chevy Sonic for the win.

    • 0 avatar

      $75k is certainly expensive, but for a near full size pickup with premium features and a 135kWh battery it’s fantasy cheap. Way too cheap, in fact, to make it plausible. These vehicles are already delayed so ask yourself what the company wishes to telegraph with its stock price in the balance. You guessed it: overwhelming superiority, massive confidence and too good to be true specs vs price.
      It ain’t happening this way, never has and it never will.

      • 0 avatar

        Tesla is likely to beat Rivian in terms of battery capacity per dollar.

        The dual motor Cybertruck is likely to be around 135kWh, and cost around $50k. It’s a bigger and cheaper truck than the Rivian. Ugly AF, though.

        Look up Tesla’s Battery Day presentation for the details on how they plan to achieve that. What they’re doing is as difficult as threading a needle with a forklift, but they’ve done hard things before.

        Hopefully both Rivian and Tesla will make money by selling a lot of trucks.

  • avatar

    The only reason these EV startup companies make sense is the mainstream brands have been so slow about developing EVs, especially EV pickups and SUVs. They best get on it.

  • avatar

    The pass through storage between the cab and bed looks like it eats into the bed length, at least on the bottom half.

    The vegan upholstery would have to be at least as good as good leather to consider it.

    Otherwise it sounds like a nice vehicle.

  • avatar

    I can only think of the Mario Brothers and a Ba-Bomb whenever I see these.

    As far as different from the rest, it’s not bad.

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