New Details Emerge for Rivian R1T, R1S Configurations

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
new details emerge for rivian r1t r1s configurations

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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  • Flipper35 Flipper35 on Nov 13, 2020

    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.

  • Tankinbeans Tankinbeans on Nov 13, 2020

    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.

  • 28-Cars-Later "Honda and Acura haven’t yet released an EV in the United States"Ok..."The 2024 ZDX rides on GM’s Ultium Platform and will feature Google built-in services. "Waht?
  • Theflyersfan I was just at the Mazda dealer getting one of the free scheduled maintenances taken care of and saw a couple of these on the lot (inventory...I know!!! No Mazda3s or MX-5s, but had some CX-5s and CX-50s). They are even nicer in person - the paint especially stands out. Plus the terracotta interior treatment isn't something done by Honda, Toyota, or Nissan so you can get something different. The slight price hike is worth it and it's worth it just to have something that isn't white, black, or a million shades of gray. Or get the Soul Red. You can never go wrong with that color. I just with the terracotta interior was offered with that.
  • VoGhost This new SLX looks to be quite a trooper.
  • Wolfwagen I would rather have an annual inspection that may catch something early or at least the driver can be informed of an impending issue. Government vs private is another issue and unscrupulous mechanics is another.On a slightly different topic is the inspection of salvage or rebuilt cars. In NYS it is strictly to ensure that stolen parts were not used to rebuild the vehicle. I would rather see an inspection to ensure that the vehicle has been properly put back together.
  • PeterPuck For years, Ford has simply reworked existing designs originating from Europe and Japanese manufacturers, not being capable of designing a decent car in the USA.What’s the last clean sheet design from the USA? The 1986 Taurus?And they still can’t manage to get things right.why is this? Are they putting all of the competent engineers and designers on the F150? Is woke diversification affecting them, as some rumours suggest? Are they rewarding incompetence?