Two Rivian R1Ts Spotted In Southernmost Part Of South America

A pair of Rivian R1T pre-production prototypes have been spied testing at the southernmost tip of Argentina in Tierra del Fuego, a long way from the startup’s home in California.

The images, shared by the Rivian Forums, show that the new road-ready R1T looks virtually identical to the concept. At the rear, for example, the only notable differences include a slightly re-shaped rear bumper on the street car. There is also an R1T badge on the left side of the tailgate that wasn’t present on the concept. Other alterations include slightly different wheels.

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A single photo of the prototype’s interior was also snapped. It shows the electric pickup outfitted with a plethora of buttons and switches on the center console that are there for testing purposes. There remains a large central infotainment display in the center of the dashboard and a digital gauge cluster. One significant change is the fitment of a more traditional steering wheel compared to the concept.

According to Autoblog Argentina, the two prototypes are in Argentina as part of an attempt to break a continental record for electric vehicles in a TV series starring British actor Ewan McGregor. It is reported that the epic roadtrip will also include four Harley-Davidson LiveWire motorcycles and a support crew with Mercedes-Benz Sprinters and Ford F-350s.

The Rivian R1T will be sold in a host of configurations, including an entry-level model with a 105 kWh battery, a mid-range model with a 135 kWh battery, and a range-topping model with a huge 180 kWh battery. Rivian intends on commencing production of the electric pickup by the end of 2020.

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  • Robert Eller

    The switches on the steering wheel look like they came from the Hyundai parts bin, almost identical to my Sonata.

    • Jay

      Seeing as the center console is unfinished I’d say at the point it isn’t the final design.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Center console versus steering wheel. ;/

        • Kash

          Its a Kia Optima steering wheel (albeit blacked out), it also has paddle shifters. That wheel isn’t final.

        • Jay

          It’s all part of the unfinished dashboard…

    • Andrewthecarguy

      They are! Was trying to figure out where they got it from. The wheel design itself looks premium – BMW/Porsche. I like.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    I’m so interested in the SUV. I’d actually consider buying one.

    • James

      Too expensive for me, but I really hope they pass through Chile on their way up to the states.
      I’d love to see them in person.

  • NOT OFTEN WHEN I LOOK FORWARD TO AN SUV/PICK-UP.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      RIGHT?!

  • Knotmyrealname

    A concept car for the everyday man. No, it’s not on a turntable in Frankfurt, it’s out there on the road. Unlike other companies that show one thing, then produce nothing like the concept, Rivian is smashing it. I love how these companies are kicking the establishment around. Now, where’s my popcorn?

  • Nick G

    All ICE support vehicles…

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