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2021 Rivian R1S All Electric SUV

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The Rivian R1S is essentially the same platform as the R1T electric pickup minus the pickup bed and a shorter wheelbase. With additional interior space available, the R1S can seat 7 people compared to the 5 seats in the R1T. The Rivian R1S is the electric SUV that can replace a Range Rover’s quality, performance and do so much more beyond that.

Rivian R1S Interior Photos

Rivian R1S Design & Practicality

Its designed with a glass roof that has electrochromic glass which allows you to control the glass opacity to let in more light or less. The R1S also has roof racks so that you can carry extra recreational gear and luggage. This is in addition to the very large front trunk with 11.1 cu ft (330L) of space and additional storage in the back. The practicality of the R1S is demonstrated in a lifestyle video where snowboarders head into the Colorado mountains in search of powder in the Rivian R1S with their dog. While showcasing the naturally well lit interior and traction in the snowy mountains, its easy to miss 1 very cool feature that R1S owners will love. The rear tailgate opens into a split tailgate, which provides a wide range of utility. Whether its adding lighter items to the back using just the top hatch, accessing the large storage space or sitting on the tailgate to enjoy the view… the spit tailgate is is a beautiful design with a lot of utility.

rivian r1s split tailgate

With the tailgate is open, there’s a removable compartment that provides additional storage space underneath the storage space available in the trunk. Rivian states there is 7.1 cubic ft of space in the rear compartment of the R1S. There’s also compartments on either side of the trunk bay that can store more items.

Rivian R1S Utility Features

The Rivian R1s features 3 rows of seats in a 2 x 3 x 2 layout. The 2nd and 3rd row seats fold down fully flat to provide a large cargo space for transporting large items. The main advantage over the R1T is it’s interior storage capacity and passenger seating.

With the ability to seat 7 people and travel at a range of 410+ miles (659+ kilometers) the Rivian R1S is going to be the ultimate road trip vehicle. To be able to travel that far, with that amount of people and not require any gasoline is something many outdoor adventurers have wanted for a long time. While the Rivian R1S is going to be a popular vehicle in general, I see it being heavily used in places like Colorado and the entire west coast. Especially in the Pacific Northwest where many people enjoy the outdoors and are very conscious of the environment.

The Rivian R1S storage capacity will allow the owner to bring whatever they desire on the trips. With the front trunk storage space of 11.1 cubic feet, the rear storage compartment, the storage in the back behind the seats and the roof rack system… this enables the R1S to be able to carry anything from snowboards to full on kayaks. The modular roof rack system on the R1T, that can fit into the front trunk, also appears on the roof of the R1S providing the ability to add roof racks as needed or to take them off and store them away when you don’t.

Rivian R1S Specifications

The Rivian R1S has a few different specifications given it’s design, weight and aerodynamics. Most other specifications are similar if not identical to the Rivian R1T model, being that they share the same platform.

  • Length: 16 ft
  • Width: 6.6 ft
  • Towing Capacity: 7,700 lbs (3492 kg)
  • Max Speed: 125 mph (201 kph)
  • Clearance: 14.5 inches (max)
  • Wheelbase: 121 inches (10 ft)
  • Wading Depth: 3ft (meter)
  • Front Trunk Space: 11.1 cu ft (330L)
  • Rear Bin Storage: 7.1 cu ft (201L)
  • Seating Capacity: 7 Seats
  • Horsepower: up to 750 Horsepower
  • Torque: 829 ft/lbs combined
  • Speed: 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3 seconds
  • Drivetrain: Quad Motor AWD
  • Charge Port: CCS
  • Battery Sizes: 105kWh / 135kWh / 180kWh
  • Range: up to 410+ miles (659+ kilometers)
  • Price: Starts @ $69,000 USD
  • Release Date: Late 2020

With both the Rivian R1T and the R1S coming out in late 2020, its going to be interesting to see which vehicle customers desire the most and seeing the adventures people have in them. Learn more about the Rivian R1S and if your interested, reserve your spot with a preorder for when they launch.

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Jacob Haust

With a passion for design, electric vehicles, engineering and the environment, Jacob is combining his interests to help make the world a more sustainable place for generations to come.

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