After unveiling the R1T electric pickup truck, Rivian has now pulled the covers off their all-electric SUV called the R1S. Much like the R1T, the R1S is built on the same Skateboard platform but features an SUV body with 7-seat capability. This allows the R1S to have the same powertrain as the pickup with a quad-motor setup.
In terms of styling, the R1S looks nearly indentical to that of the R1T, both featuring a unique exterior design. The main difference would be the lack of a pickup bed which is instead replaced by boxy rear end and a third row of seats. The front fascia continues to feature vertically arranged headlights which are intersected by a full-width LED daytime running light. At the rear, it's the same story. There's a full-width LED taillights which is now positioned higher, just below the rear glass.
Much like the R1T, the R1S is available with three different battery pack configurations: 105 kWh, 135 kWh, and 180 kWh. The 135 kWh pack provides the most power as it produces 754 PS and 1,120 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the 180 kWh sacrifices some of that power, and seating capacity in exchange for range. While the 135kWh is only capable of going 500 km, Rivian claims the 180 kWh can do more than 660 km in a single charge. That's at the cost of losing 44 PS and the 7-seat capacity.
In the most powerful configuration, Rivian claims the R1S can go from 0 to 97km/h in just 3 seconds, and reach a top speed of 201 km/h. Impressive figures considering the all-electric SUV has a claimed curb weight of 2,650 kg. Aside from going fast on road, the R1S is also capable off-road thanks to its tall ride height, chunky tires and 1 meter wading depth.
Inside, the interior of the R1T seems to be carried over into the R1S. In front of the driver is a digital instrument cluster with a large touchscreen infotainment system placed front and center. Fine wood trim, brushed aluminum accents and leather seats give the interior a more high-end feel. For more cargo space, the third row of seats can be folded down.
Rivian says deliveries of both the R1S and R1T are expected to begin in 2020.