Rivian R1T variants explained

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It has been nearly 3 years since the all-electric Rivian R1T pickup truck made its debut and although the startup is yet to start shipping the orders to its customers, it has managed to gain the trust of big names in a short period of time including Ford, Amazon and T.Rowe Price, who all have together invested billions of dollars in the company. If things go according to plan, deliveries will commence in Jan 2022. And so, let’s take a look at the R1T variants.

Speaking of which, there are only two variants: Explore Package and Adventure Package, with prices starting at $67,500 and $73,000, respectively. There’s also another one which we’ll talk about in a minute. The photos above are of the Explore Package, but visually, the only difference on the exterior between the two variants is the lack of body-colored mirrors in the Explore.

Both variants get the same paint and wheel options. The Compass Yellow paint featured above is a $2,500 option, and as for the wheels, up to 22-inch machined aluminum ones are available, which cost an additional $3,500. Both ride on 20-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tyres as standard. A matching full-size spare wheel costs an extra $800.

Inside, the Explore Package gets two no-cost theme options: Black Mountain and Ocean Coast. Features list includes vegan leather seat upholstery, textile headliner, heated seats, driver lumbar adjustment, heated steering wheel, recycled textile floor mats, a manual tonneau cover, and an air compressor with accessory kit.

The Adventure Package offers three themes for the interior: Black Mountain and Ocean Coast, which are no-cost options, and Forest Edge (featured above) which costs $2,000. Features list includes natural-grained ash wood interior finishes, perforated vegan leather seats, heating and ventilation for seats, lumbar adjustment for both driver and front passenger, recycled microfiber headliner, Chilewich floor mats, Meridian audio system, Gear Guard remote monitoring system (a cable lock system to secure items in the bed), and a powered tonneau cover.

The third variant is the Launch Edition, also priced at $73,000. Reservations for this variant are claimed to be full and these are the ones that’ll be delivered first. As you can tell, the Launch Edition is based on the Adventure Package, and gets a special Launch Green paint and Launch Edition interior badging.

Besides the exterior paint and wheels, there are some more common options for both variants. These include a $2,000 off-road upgrade package that gets you a reinforced underbody shield and dual front bumper tow hooks; a $5,000 Camp Kitchen x Snow Peak kitchen set package that slides out of the truck’s Gear Tunnel; a $2,650 three-person tent + cargo crossbars; $175 all-weather floor mats; $600 off-road recovery kit, and a $150 Field kit for any medical emergency.

The standard battery pack is estimated to offer a range of over 300 miles (483+ km). However, there’s a $10,000 Max pack option that is estimated to offer a range of over 400 miles (644+ km). A $500 11.5 kW wall charger option is also available, which is claimed to add 25 miles (40 km) of range every hour. When fitted with all the options available (including those not mentioned here), the bill for the base Explore Package comes up to $96,435.

Rivian is yet to reveal the final output figures (i.e., horsepower and torque) of the quad-motor powertrain. According to original estimates, each motor develops 147 kW (200 metric hp), which means we are talking about a combined output of close to 800 metric hp. Rivian claims a 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) sprint time of 3 seconds depending on the tyre selection.

The R1S offers the same variants and almost identical features and options, which means all the above information should give you an idea of the SUV too.

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