Andre went behind the scenes and brought us a video featuring the Rivian R1S, comparing it to the R1T pickup!
Side-by-side, the Rivian R1S, and R1T look very similar until you work your way to the B-pillar, where things begin to change. Both vehicles have identical front ends, and even similar wheel designs. The (first) most notable change comes with the rear door size. The R1S is an SUV, or a crossover, as such, it is built for passengers. The rear doors are much larger than the pickup truck R1T’s doors.
Aside from easier ingress and egress, the larger doors add space for the third-row passenger pathway as well. If you’re curious about the Rivian R1T’s towing capability, click (here). We expect the Rivian R1S SUV to tow as well, but its dimensions are different than the R1T. As such, it may tow differently.
The Rivian R1S is much smaller than the R1T. Much of that has to do with the R1S being an SUV, and not needing a long wheelbase. According to Andre, the R1T’s wheelbase is over 14-inches longer than the R1S. It’s also over 16-inches shorter in its overall length. The size difference is most noticeable when they sit side-by-side.
Suspension and brakes are basically the same. It’s still height-adjustable, which varies from about 9.5 inches to 15 inches. The R1S goes on sale with the quad motor setup standard, and the combined output is 835 horsepower. Just like the R1T pickup, the combined torque comes out to 908 lbs-feet. Rivian estimates 0 to 60 mph times will run about 3-seconds.
There is a lot to unpack here, and we know many of you are curious about the driving dynamics of this SUV. Andre will be filming several videos from the launch event over the next few days. In the meantime, check out his first introductory video which is mighty informative!