2020 Rivian R1S Review

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2020 Rivian R1S Overview

Rivian, an all-new car company, produces electric vehicles that blend technology and versatility. One of Rivian’s first models is the R1S, a full-size SUV.

The R1S embraces its truck-like nature with a strong, boxy design. At the front, you’ll find full-width lighting and a small grille at the bottom. The side panels are simple, using ample amounts of glass. Inside, the R1S presents an open, airy feel with storage spaces and floating surfaces galore. A pair of high-resolution screens take up most of the dashboard. The R1S comes in 5- or 7-passenger seating arrangements.

The R1S employs four electric motors for standard all-wheel drive (AWD). The R1S can deliver as much as 750 horsepower and 829 pound-feet of torque. You’ll be able to get the R1S with one of three battery specifications. As of this writing, Rivian hasn't released details about the base 105-kilowatt-hour pack. The 135-kilowatt-hour pack enables an estimated range of 310 miles between charges, while the optional 180-kilowatt-hour pack raises that to 410 miles between charges. As of this writing, the R1S hasn't been tested for an MPGe rating. Beyond that, independent air suspension gives the R1S ground clearance as low as 8 inches and as high as 14 inches. It can wade through more than 3 feet of water, and tow as many as 7,700 pounds.

As of this writing, the R1S hasn't been crash-tested.

Rivian expects to begin production in the second half of 2020. Established brands, like Ford, are also working on electric trucks and will likely compete with this startup.

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