Rivian Introduces $45,000 R2, Surprises With R3

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

In a California two-fer, electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian rolled out a pair of new EVs today, both of which have deep familial resemblances and a host of appeal to overlanders.

Starting with the hotly anticipated R2, of course. This son-of-R1S looks a lot like its big brother but, as the below comparisons demonstrate, has a much more agreeable footprint for anyone living in an urban area. And let’s be clear – that’s the type of customer to whom most of these will be sold, earmarked for weekend warrior overlanding and the like when its owner wishes to escape the concrete jungle for a few days.

Pricing is set to start at $45,000 and go up from there. The trim walk will include dual- and tri-motor variants, the latter of which should be good to scarper from a dead stop to highway speeds in less than three seconds. CEO of the joint, RJ Scaringe, made a remark that all types will have at least 300 miles of range. At 185.6 inches long and 66.9 inches tall, the R2 is within spitting distance of the Model Y in terms of length but stands a few inches taller.

Inside, look for a minimalist appearance found in so many EVs, typical of the industry. The company took feedback on concerns about interior storage and made changes, whilst also carrying over the R1S’ huge frunk. All seats can be folded flat for sleeping and the rear hatchback glass can rise independently for ease of access.

Surprising the tar out of most were the R3 and R3X, two models which will stoke even more fires in the hearts of people who like to argue if something is a crossover or hatchback. Sized smaller again than the R2, the R3 gives off Panda 4x4 vibes – which is not wholly a bad thing and is parlayed to good effect in the R3X with its knobby tires and skiffs of orange trim. No details were given for pricing or production estimates but it is reasonable to think that entry-level trims will start under 45 large since that’s the R2’s price point.

Speaking of, the R2 is planned for roll out in the first half of 2026.

[Image: Rivian]

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Sayahh Sayahh on Mar 08, 2024

    "[Rivian] R2, [Citroën] C3. C3, R2"

    C3: "nice to meet you."

    R2: "beep, beep, whistle, beep."

  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Mar 08, 2024

    Making the Rivian shorter is a good call. It's current proportions look silly to me.... like one of GM's L spec'd full size SUVs. It's the back end that's way too long.

    Are Rivian vehicles reliable? I have not paid attention to rumblings either way.

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