2018 Los Angeles Auto Show – Rivian R1S All-Electric SUV
Plug-In Ute Joins R1T Pickup in the City of Angels
Technology company Rivian debuted two new automobiles at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the futuristic R1T pickup and its R1S seven-passenger SUV sibling. Both of these all-electric offerings are predicted to hit the market in 2020, offering up to 400 miles of battery range.
We took a good look at the R1T when it debuted on Monday, and we just got up close with the R1S. Both concepts look surprisingly production-ready, with impressive build quality and robust-looking suspension components. That’s vastly unlike many upstart companies’ show cars, which can be fragile, delicate things.
Like the pickup, the R1S sport-ute is available in three different power outputs—402 hp, 700 hp, and 753 hp. The former configuration is good for 413 lb-ft of torque, while the latter two will have 826 lb-ft. The R1S is built on a thin "skateboard" chassis, with the batteries situated down low and an individual electric motor at each wheel.
The R1S’ batteries will also come in 105-kWh, 135-kWh, and 180-kWh setups, and Rivian estimates a fully charged range of 240 miles, 310 miles, and 410 miles respectively. Those numbers are up about 10 miles compared to the company’s guesses for the equivalent R1T pickup, likely owing to the SUV’s slightly lower curb weight and smoother aerodynamics.
According to Rivian, the R1S can tow up to 7,716 pounds, matching the Range Rover Sport in lock step. In fact, that machine will probably serve as the R1S’ primary competitor. The idea bears itself out in the R1S’ styling, which looks like a futuristic and modern iteration of a Jeep Grand Wagoneer of sorts. The R1S features the same full-width daytime running light element as the R1T pickup, with four-LED headlights positioned on the SUV’s front corners. The rear of the R1S is squared off, paying dividends in terms of interior room and bold styling.
The seven-passenger interior looks all but identical to the pickup truck from the C-pillar forward, and the tiny third row can accommodate two passengers. As with most other midsize SUVs, however, the R1S should be thought of as a five-seater with two emergency-use jumpseats. The Rivian looks to retain a lot of utility, including an 11.6-cubic-foot front trunk and an off-road mode with 14.3 inches of ground clearance.
Rivian says the R1S will start deliveries in late 2020, and the company is currently taking $1,000 deposits on the SUV. Like the truck, it will be eligible for federal tax credits, bringing its estimated MSRP down to $65,000 (or $72,500 pre-tax). That aggressive pricing strategy should make the Rivian an attractive proposition to luxury buyers, particularly if the company can hold to its range and performance estimates as the SUV gets closer to production.