Pick-up trucks are an integral part of an American household. And so, when a new one comes out, there are a lot of expectations to live up to. Even for well-established players like GMC, Chevy, and even Ford, bringing out a new pick-up truck is a pretty big deal. This is also the reason why the likes of Ford F-150 Lightning and the upcoming Chevy Silverado Electric are making quite the buzz.
But bringing out a pick-up truck for the masses becomes even more challenging when you are a new face in the auto industry. But if done right, then it can be a game-changer. Here we are talking about the much-anticipated Rivian R1T. This American start-up has garnered quite the attention ever since they unveiled their duo of ‘adventure’ vehicles – R1T and R1S at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2018.
The fact that Rivian has strived to make every aspect of this cool-looking pick-up truck utilitarian makes it extra special. The 2021 Rivian R1T is surely going to be a game-changer and would make the dramatic likes of the ever-so-anticipated Tesla Cybertruck nervous.
The Rivian R1T is an all-electric pick-up truck whose main ingredient is ‘adventure’ and is an oozing bucket of coolness.
Rivian R1T’s Skateboard Platform Is Genius
The core of Rivian R1T’s utilitarian character is its smart Skateboard platform. Packaging is the key here as Rivian has managed to make a chassis layout that packs the motors, battery pack, braking, suspension, and cooling systems within the wheel’s vertical height. This layout also allows for a much lower center of gravity that makes driving this jacked-up truck, an involving affair.
As Utilitarian As It Gets, And Even More
Rivian has pitched the R1T as an adventure vehicle and it packs all the bells and whistles to justify the tag. There are actually more storage areas on the outside than what many trucks and cars have on the inside! Electrification allows the now-vacant engine compartment to be used as a storage compartment. The bed also comes loaded with features including an integrated watertight tonneau cover.
You get extra sealed storage under the bed that stores a full-sized spare tire. The bed also gets three 110V outlets and an integrated compressed air system. It can be equipped with a collapsable crossbar system that allows for mounting cargo over the bed as well as the cabin. But the coolest feature when it comes to utility is the R1T’s lockable gear tunnel that spans across the width of the truck.
This provides for an oddly elongated cargo space of an impressive 12.3 cubic feet. That is enough to store longer cargo like snowboards and golf bags safely. Adding to its versatility, the gear tunnel doors can be used as seats or steps to access the roof rack. Impressively, the Rivian has also created a telescoping rack system with mounts to pave as a base for various utilitarian accessories. These include tents, travel containers, ski or bike racks.
With 400 Miles Of Range, This Adventure Junkie Can Be Your Daily Driver
The Rivian R1T comes with 4 electric motors, one for each wheel. This helps it to have standard AWD and active torque vectoring. These two bits are very crucial for off-roading. As for the battery packs and performance figures, the R1T is versatile with 3 ratings on offer – 105 kWh (later), 180 kWh, and 136 kWh. The most powerful iteration will pack an impressive 754 HP and 826 lb-ft of torque, and Rivian claims it to do 0-60 MPH in just 3 seconds!
What’s even impressive is that the most powerful 180 kWh pack provides a driving range of 400 miles. This is followed by 300 miles from the 135 kWh pack, and 240 from the smallest 105 kWh pack. Fast charging is built-in and all 3 packs can churn out 200 miles with just 30 minutes of changing.
R1T’s Exterior Might Be Inspired From Jelly Beans…
Just kidding! But now we can’t unsee that, can we?! Especially if we look at it from the front. Frankly, the Rivian R1T is one of the coolest-looking trucks out there. It sure can’t beat the Tesla Cybertruck when it comes to outrageousness, but it still packs quite a quirky character. But the impressive feat is that the clean yet muscular lines don’t give you the slightest hints of what this truck is capable of. In short, the smooth, futuristic design language is quite the mask for the R1T to lay low!
R1T’s Interior Mimics It’s Practical Exterior, But With A Strong Shot Of Luxury And Technology
Top-notch technology cocooned in sustainable materials is what sums up the interior layout of the Rivian R1T. Wood is a very integral part of the cabin and occupies most of the dashboard area. As for screens, there are many. The dashboard gets a customer 15.6-inch infotainment screen which is also accompanied by a 12.3-inch instrument cluster.
Even the second row gets a 6.8-inch touchscreen for added flexibility. It packs a connected car platform that has been built from scratch in-house. This allows OTA updates and comes with impressive security features, as it also acts as the backbone for Rivian’s self-driving tech in the R1T.
Despite All This Awesomeness, The Rivian R1T Is Priced Humble, From $67,500
Despite being a newcomer, and packing an impressive list of features under one utilitarian roof, Rivian has still managed to price the R1T pick-up truck quite aggressively. Slated to launch with a starting price of $67,500 the Rivian R1T will be offered in 2 standard trims, apart from the limited Launch Edition.
Sources: Rivian.com, Caranddriver.com, Cnet.com, Theverge.com
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