Essentially an SUV version of the R1T, the Rivian R1S is an all-electric SUV aimed at consumers with active lifestyles. Like its truck sibling, the R1S promises excellent off-road capability and up to three rows of seating. Underpinning the Rivian R1S is a skateboard architecture that mounts the battery under the passenger compartments, giving the SUV a low center of gravity. Like its truck sibling, the R1S has 14.5 inches of ground clearance for better off-road performance. Rivian claims the R1S should offer excellent acceleration with acceleration to 60 in as quick as 3.0 seconds.
Rivian R1S pricing will start in the mid-$70,000 range and driving range comes in at over 300 miles.
The 2022 Rivian R1S will be available with three battery sizes: 105-, 135- or 180 kWh. Like the R1T, the R1S has an electric motor at each wheel. Depending on the battery size you pick, the R1S has up to about 800 hp and 900 lb-ft of torque. EPA-rated range for the launch model comes in at 316 miles, with 69 mpg-e. Rivian estimates range for the rest of the lineup between 240 and 400 miles on a charge depending on the battery chosen. The largest battery, however, isn't available in the seven-seat configuration, according to Rivian.
The 2022 Rivian R1S' maximum towing capacity tops out at 7,700 pounds when properly equipped, which is 3,300 pounds less than the R1T. A common feature between the R1T truck and R1S SUV is the 11.0-cubic-foot front trunk, giving the latter additional space for cargo. With all seats in place, the three-row R1S has 7.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The rear tub on the Rivian R1S has an extra 6.4 cubic feet of capacity when you take out the spare tire.
Like the R1T, the 2022 Rivian R1S features two displays inside the cabin. A 15.3-inch digital gauge cluster replaces analog instruments while a large 12.3-inch touchscreen on the dash controls media, navigation, and temperature adjustment. Second-row passengers also get a touchscreen at the back of the center console to adjust the climate control. Oh, and how cool is this: The rear speakers can be removed so you can keep the music going at a beach bonfire.
If our experience in the R1T is any indication, the R1S should be an extremely capable vehicle. We took the R1T on a historic 5,000-plus mile overlanding expedition across the Trans-America Trail from Nags Head, North Carolina, to Port Orford, Oregon. Few roads were encountered along the way were paved, giving the truck the opportunity to show its impressive off-road chops. It would be the world's first electric off-road transcontinental trip. Check out the first part of the journey here.