(Video) Move Over Rivian R1T – Here’s How the Rivian R1S SUV Compares To The Pickup!

There is a new SUV in town!

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.

Rivian R1T
Rivian R1T – the rear three-quarters are unique, as is the length and wheelbase.

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!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.