After the launch of its all-electric pickup truck R1T last night, the launch of EV, Rivian, is tracking today with a fully electric SUV built on the same platform.
The SUV version is called R1S and as it shares a platform with the R1T, it presents almost all the same incredible specifications as the electric pickup.
We are talking about quad-electric motors, from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds, battery packs from 105 kWh to 180 kWh for up to 410 miles of range, and more.
The different form factor mostly results in different utility functions.
With the RS1, it has no bed, but wins a third row for up to 7 passengers.
The rest of the specifications are practically the same, except that the R1S is a bit shorter and does not have all the same utility functions as the pickup truck:
The seats of the 2nd and 3rd row are folded to provide space for any required equipment.
It is also equipped with a tailgate and a small tailgate:
"The rear of the R1S has a liftgate and a small tailgate, with the tailgate providing an area to sit and prepare for large and small activities, from preparing to climb mountains to straightening skis."
The SUV also has the same functions of digital and autonomous driving that the pickup truck reported yesterday.
We are in the vehicle launch event right now and will update this publication with more details as they become available.
Here are some images of the Rivian R1S released today:
Shot of Electrek
The luxury SUV segment is probably the one that most quickly becomes electric with vehicles like the Model X, Audi e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQC, Jaguar I-Pace. Now the Rivian R1S is being added to the list.
That said, it's probably only comparable to the Tesla Model X depending on the size.
With the exception of Model X, all those other SUVs do not have a 7-seat option and they're just not that big.
The R1S definitely has the pace of the Model X in the range with the larger battery pack versions, but who knows what Tesla will come up with in the next 2 years when Rivian brings the vehicle to market.
It is also more suitable for off-road if that is something you like.
The R1S is certainly not as unique as the pickup truck and that's why I'm not so excited about that, but it certainly makes sense that Rivian takes advantage of his job in the pickup truck to make an SUV version and is a welcome addition to the market.
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