Rivian R1S SUV Is A 7-Seater Electric SUV With A Range In Excess Of 410 Miles

Hot on the heels of unveiling of the R1T, Rivian has taken the wraps off their new R1S SUV.

Set to be shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the R1S is largely identical to the electric pickup but it features unique styling aft of the A-pillar. The biggest change is the new body style which results in the R1S having longer rear doors, a gently sloping roof and a more practical interior that can set up to seven people.

Like the R1T, the R1S will be offered in multiple configurations and the base model will have a 105 kWh battery pack which powers four electric motors. This setup gives the SUV a combined output of 402 hp (300 kW / 407 PS) and 412 lb-ft (560 Nm) of torque. In terms of performance, the entry-level model can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds, hit a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h) and travel more than 240 miles (386 km) on a single charge.

The mid-level model has a larger 135 kWh battery pack and a combined output of 753 hp (562 kW / 764 PS) and 825 lb-ft (1,120 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the extra power and larger battery, the SUV can run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.0 seconds and travel in excess of 310 miles (498 km/h).

The range-topping variant has a 180 kWh battery pack and is the only version of the R1S to come with a five-seat interior. The model also has slightly less performance as it is rated at 700 hp (522 kW / 709 PS) and 825 lb-ft (1,120 Nm) of torque. As a result, the dash to 60 mph (96 km/h) takes an additional 0.2 seconds but its range is 410+ miles (659 km).

While the powertrains carryover, the R1S is shorter than the truck as it measures 198 inches (5040 mm) long. The SUV is also slightly taller and weighs 44 lbs (20 kg) less than the R1T.

At launch, the R1S with only be available with the two larger capacity battery packs. Pricing starts at $65,000 (after a federal tax credit) and the first deliveries are slated to begin in late 2020.

The company didn’t have much else to say about the R1S, but the model will come equipped with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 15.6-inch infotainment system and a 6.8-inch touchscreen for rear seat passengers. The R1S is also slated to have a Level 3 semi-autonomous driving system as well as an assortment of “self-driving features focused on enabling active lifestyles.”

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  • Mr. EP9

    Good luck. They’re going to need it.

  • Knarck

    Its one of those interesting cases where the car’s name looks like its face. Loving it!

  • TheBelltower

    Aside from the front end, which hasn’t grown on me yet, it looks very ordinary. The pickup was a more successful effort. The specs are all vapor at this point, but if they get anywhere close to their claims then the vehicle should be competitive. As we all know, it takes more than just a competitive vehicle for it to be successful.

  • cbATL

    I appreciate a company that designs a SUV to look like a SUV – not a goddamn minivan like most of the market. Thanks!

    • donald seymour

      Somebody up-vote this man a million times!

    • Ben

      I like the way automakers are starting to realize we don’t want to drive large jellybeans. Toyota even admitted this in their press-kit for the new RAV4 saying they wanted to recapture the male market they lost due to soft design. Its simple, men like the rugged/capable look and women like a chiseled/handsome SUV. #NoJellybean

  • Dude

    Very nice

  • Jason Panamera

    This interior is really, really nice. Minimalism with a decent amount of taste and style.

  • lagunas3ca

    Just because it’s an EV doesn’t mean the front has to look like a wall socket.

    • ErnieB


  • salamOOn

    i like it. i would really consider buying this one.

    but i would trade some from those HP for longer range.


  • Big Black Duck

    Where did this company come from? Never heard of them until the recent pick up….they seriously flew under the radar….instead of them…we were getting Supra updates?

  • MarketAndChurch

    Really cool but the truck looks better.

  • Ben

    I like it. No offense to Tesla owners or fans, but THIS is how you correctly use a minimalist interior design. It looks stylish and luxurious without the feeling of cost cutting. Very much like the Scandinavian interior design of Volvo or Bauhaus-like design of Audi interiors. Simple designs like this style in style nearly forever.

  • IFDU

    Now put Rivian and Lucid in a pot together and you’ll have an electric car company like no other!

  • ErnieB

    Really nice interior!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    It looks really, really good. Plus the interior is finished.

    I’ll buy into this.

  • botornot387

    Love this!

  • Tinky-Winky

    So is it a concept or some pre-production model? Nothing is mentioned about it.

  • Mark Hawthorne

    It can’t honestly just be me that hates these giant touchscreens as the only in-car interface? Yes it’s inexpensive and “minimalist” but they are impossible to read fast while driving and get finger marked to the point of illegibility really quickly. The Model S I drove was awful. The Velar too isn’t great. Buttons are more expensive sure but they work and are easy to use without looking unlike these screens.

    As for the design, looks fine. Nicely resolved except for the two giant nostrils. I can never un-see a snorting beast.

    • Sybill Julian

      that’s a tv

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