First Pre-Production Rivian R1T Trucks Spied Torture Testing In Argentina

Pre-production Rivian R1T

[Photos courtesy of Rivian Forums]

The R1T is slated to launch in late 2020.

We’ve seen the preproduction Rivian R1T a few times at press events, and even had a chance to speak to CEO RJ Scaringe. Now, members of the Rivian Forums posted photos of the pre-production R1T actually testing in the real world. This time, they were spotted recharging after some rough and muddy trials in Tierra del Fuego, in southeastern Argentina.

Pre-production Rivian R1T

These models actually look fairly close to production ready, save the swath of toggle switches in the center console. On the outside, we have our first chance to see a white R1T, as well as what the exterior “R1T” badge will look like. The charging port has moved to the driver’s side, whereas we saw it on the passenger side on the concept. As with the model we saw in LA, though, Rivian does still seem to be using Pirelli Scorpion all-terrain tires on these pre-production units.

If everything Rivian told us thus far about the R1T makes it through to production, we actually know a fair bit about the truck already. It will have four electric motors — one at each wheel — each making about 190 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. Having four motors enables all-wheel drive capability, naturally, and its “skateboard” platform design coupled with air suspension gives the truck approximately 14 inches of ground clearance, according to Rivian. Multiple versions will go on sale, providing between 230 and 400+ miles of range, depending on which one you buy.

With the proper equipment, the Rivian R1T should be capable of towing around 10,000 pounds, as far as we know. The base model will set you back about $69,000 before any available incentives. Spring for the long-range version, and it’s likely you’ll be staring down a six-figure investment.

Interior features

Rivian’s prototype R1T pickup and R1S SUV have especially svelte, high-quality interiors. This prototype may represent something closer to what we’ll actually see in production, but the looks may change between now and next year. The steering wheel looks more conventional, with actual functioning buttons, and it seems to have gained some heft from the thinner concept wheel. The large center display is still there, as is the digital instrument cluster. As for the center console, those switches will definitely give way to something more elegant and stylish in the production model.

Rivian aims to put the R1T on sale late next year, and the company will build them in Normal, Illinois. Ford announced heavy investment into Rivian earlier this year, so what comes of the company’s models and technology may end up in future Ford products, as well.