Rivian’s Next Model Will Be A Rally-Inspired Car With Lots Of Ground Clearance

Rivian made a splash at the Los Angeles Auto Show where it debuted the all-new R1T and R1S SUV. While the models aren’t slated to arrive until 2020, that hasn’t stopped the company from revealing plans for a third model.

Speaking with Auto Express, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe said the company’s next model will have a smaller wheelbase than the R1T and R1S. He went on to describe the vehicle as Rivian’s interpretation of a rally car and one that will feature a “lot of ground clearance.”

That isn’t much to go on, but the executive told Autocar that it will be “bananas” in terms of performance. He also said it, like all Rivian models, will have a “combination of on- and off-road performance” as well as “a level of functionality that’s unique in its space.”

There’s no word on when the model will arrive, but Scaringe did reveal some new details about how it plans to sell vehicles. Sales will be relatively limited, but Rivian intends to offer its models in a number of markets including North America, Europe and China. There will also be right-hand drive models for Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Speaking of sales, Rivian intends to follow in Tesla’s footsteps by using direct sales. The company knows this isn’t possible everywhere so it will team up with partners to offer dealerships in markets – such as Michigan – that ban direct auto sales.

In a separate interview with Autoblog, Rivian revealed it will launch its own charging network at “places of adventure.” It won’t be nearly as large as Tesla’s Supercharger network, but Rivian’s chargers will likely be located at popular outdoor destinations such as National Parks. Of course, there’s no word on when the charging network will be launched or how many locations there will be.

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  • Tumbi Mtika

    So…they’re gonna be electric Jeep.

    Okay.

    • donald seymour

      Tumbi what up? And yeah my thoughts exactly. Do you think that they will be successful?

      • Tumbi Mtika

        I hope so. Their stuff is looking nice so far.

  • Mr. EP9

    So where will this thing be built?

    • Honda NSX-R

      Rivian bought the plant that Mitsubishi shut down in Illinois several years ago, so they’ll start manufacturing there

  • MAYBE THEY SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON GETTING THEIR FIRST MODELS ON THE ROAD. IT’S TIME FOR COMPANIES TO GET TOGETHER AND WORK ON THE INFRASTRUCTURE INSTEAD OF EACH COMPANY COMING UP WITH IT’S OWN.

    • Enter Ranting

      I spoke with one of their reps at the LA Auto Show. They seem to have their ducks in a row, compared to other electric start-ups. They waited to introduce their vehicles until the company was funded and ready to start production. They’re taking over an old Mitsubishi plant. I wish them the best.

      • SOUNDS GOOD.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        This greatly pleases me.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      Why work on infrastructure? Did Henry Ford have to consider it when starting out? No.

      • Astonman

        In the old days people didn’t travel as far. These days people need to go further out. Their expectations of what’s needed for a car has changed. When Tesla started putting their own infrastructure in, it gave customers the confidence and not worry about range anxiety and the sales grew. People are driving long distance all day long – that’s why we have the freeway systems and they’re constantly crowded. People are constantly traveling trans-continental so we need an infrastructure if EV is to grow even further.

        • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

          But why should it be the responsibility of the EV manufacturers to install them? Tesla’s investment in infrastructure shifted too much focus off manufacturing, quality and overall profitability.

          • Astonman

            In their case, they had to do it to survive and grow. Ideally – oil companies should invest and diversify and offer electricity at the gas stations and charge a fee for usage. It shocks me – no pun intended – that they have not worked with the emerging trend but have spent a lot of money to fend it off. Walmart, Target all of these box stores should get into it and offer charging at their parking lots to create revenue. Imangine the convenience of this – shopping and get charged. Let Capitalism take care of that part and let the government make sure the Grid is up to snuff – which I’ve read it is not.

    • S3XY

      Tesla has offered their Supercharger network to any automaker and only a few have inquired about using it. And so far, none have gone through with using it.

      So there’s no issue there

      The issue is the legacy automakers are largely dependent on their gasser sales. That’s what they are all built upon. VW who is in dire need is saying they are vastly transitioning to mass EV’s. We’ll see about that in the coming years

      Others really don’t care. They’ll build a few measly compliance EV’s and call it a day. And that’s fine. They’ll just be left in the past even further

  • Enter Ranting

    I saw these at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and was gobsmacked by the resolved, refined design. They’re stunning in person. They will sell 1 billion of those SUVs.

  • EM1

    A lot of these start ups come up with nice looking cars but tend to die off. What happen with Lucid and FF? They just didn’t take off due to money.
    Saudi Arabia is backing Rivian which makes me wonder how sold the company will be in the coming years.

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