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2021 Rivian R1s Electric Suv Is Just As Potent As The Pickup

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Rivian revealed its R1T electric pickup truck to the world yesterday, and now we get to see the company’s second vehicle: the R1S SUV. They’re essentially the same vehicle but with different bodies set on top of Rivian’s skateboard chassis architecture. This means the same otherworldly acceleration and long range figures apply to the SUV, even though its shape is a fair bit different than the truck.

2021 Rivian R1s

We’ll get to technical stuff later though, because we should start with the design of this SUV. It’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between the truck and SUV from the front. Both have the distinctive vertical oval headlights with the LED DRL running across the whole bow.

Interior styling is identical to the truck as well, but the SUV seats seven to the pickup’s five. From what we can tell, the floor looks entirely flat, which should lend itself to some impressive passenger room. The same digital display dash and instrument cluster layout gets carried over from the truck, and the rugged materials do too.

Zero to 60 mph arrives in a ridiculous three seconds. The highest power figures actually come from the middle-sized battery pack with 754 horsepower and 826 pound-feet of torque, from the combined output of four electric motors, one for each wheel. Just like the truck, this allows the Rivian to independently distribute torque to each wheel, making it an incredibly competent off-roader.

Level three autonomous driving will be standard for all Rivian vehicles, including the R1S. Both the truck and SUV will use a combination of lidar, radar, ultrasonic and GPS to make that possible. This ability allows Rivian to include all the normal active driver assistance features on many new cars today. Rivian also says it expects its cars to be an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus recipient and receive a 5-Star NHTSA crash test rating.

The R1S is slated to start at $72,500 for the smallest battery pack version. However, you’ll only be able to buy the large battery pack versions at the beginning, which will bring the price well above $90,000, according to Rivian’s estimates. You’re able to reserve either a truck or SUV now for a refundable deposit of $1,000. Rivian says it expects to start shipping vehicles to customers sometime in 2020.

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