Before diving into all that this capable SUV has to offer, you’re probably wondering when you can get one. Yes, it originally had a mid-2021 arrival date shortly after the electric truck, but both were pushed back due to supply constraints and other issues.
Although Rivian delivered several R1S cars to reserve owners in December and earlier this year, these were only special Launch Edition cars.
In June 2022, Rivian will send letters to reservation holders to delay the first deliveries of the long-awaited R1S electric SUV. Again. Although the manufacturer is ramping up production, those letters indicated that reservation holders could expect delivery in August or later.
Additionally, some buyers have been told it won’t arrive until October or December, depending on the model, color and trim.
Technically, the Rivian R1S is currently available and has already been released. However, most reservation holders were unable to receive their reservations due to delays and supply issues. And to make matters worse, if you order it today, it probably won’t arrive until 2023.
Price and Availability
As expected, it’s an all-new electric car with a premium design, so it’s not cheap. Originally, the fully loaded Launch Edition was just $75,500, but Rivian raised prices in May, plus the Launch Edition was only for early adopters and sold out quickly.
The R1S currently costs $72,500 for the base Explorer Package, while the upgraded Adventure Package starts at $78,500.
There are nine different colors to choose from, two base packages and plenty of add-ons for those looking to spice things up. Both are available for pre-order now with a $1,000 deposit. Still, if you order today, we doubt it will be delivered until early 2023.
Features, Battery, Range and Performance
Like most electric cars of recent times, the Rivian R1S is fast, powerful and highly capable. Depending on the package, it can do 0-60 in just over three seconds, has 835 horsepower and comes with two big battery options.
With the Rivian R1S, buyers have two base packages and two powertrain options to choose from. All 2022 models only come with a better four-motor AWD system with an electric motor at each wheel. In addition, Rivian only offers a large 128 kWh battery pack. That promises an EPA range of about 316 miles per charge and combines to deliver 835 horsepower and 908 lb-ft of torque.
The twin-motor R1S model is still capable, producing around 600 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Depending on the size of the battery, it will still deliver 260-316 miles per charge. The Rivian R1S can tow up to 7,700 pounds, seats up to seven thanks to the 3rd row seating upgrade, and has a wading depth of over three feet.
Rivian will eventually offer three different battery packs on the R1S, along with a more affordable 2WD configuration. In 2023, we expect a smaller battery and a larger “Max” battery option. Note that coming in 2023, the largest battery option will only be available for the AWD model, while the smallest battery will only be an option in 2WD configurations.
As far as those options go, Rivian estimates a range of 260 miles per charge in the cheapest variant, and around 400 miles in the Max model, giving many electric SUVs a run for their money. Unfortunately, the company says its tiny 105 kWh battery won’t be available until 2024.
More importantly, every Rivian R1S comes with an eight-year/175,000-mile battery pack and drivetrain warranty.
Rivian R1S charging
Currently, the Rivian R1S can charge up to 196 kW, which is quite impressive, but not as fast as many other luxury electric cars on the market. But that will soon change.
The company claims that by the end of 2023, there will be more than 3,500 DC fast chargers at 600 sites. But Rivian recently removed that promise from its website, so the project may take longer than expected.
You can charge the Rivian R1S using typical slower level 1, level 2 or level 3 chargers. according to Rivian, those who opt for the DC fast charger can get up to 140 miles of range in just 20 minutes. Then, in the future, that 200 kW speed will increase to 300 kW. In principle, the Rivian’s charging technology and speed are on par with much of the competition, but we’re not sure how quickly it will roll out the charging network or offer a faster 300kW speed.
Neat Rivian R1S Features
Rivian R1S shares most of the common design, aspects and aspects Interesting features like the R1T electric truck. While the SUV doesn’t have the same amount of cargo space as a truck, there’s more room for a cargo rack on the roof, and the company even sells a pop-up tent for buyers to throw on top for camping or overland trips.
It comes with a truck-like adaptive air suspension system. Using air suspension, R1S owners can raise its ground clearance to 14.9 inches for off-road trails or lower it to 8.8 inches for improved handling and mileage on the highway. The Rivian has a $2,000 off-road upgrade that adds reinforced underbody skids to protect the car from rocks, a set of front-mounted tow hooks and a few other goodies.
At the back, the tailgate opens in two parts. The upper half is clearly reinforced and provides access to the large cargo area behind the rear seats. The bottom half can also be dropped, making it easier to load heavy gear or luggage. Then, as expected, all the seats are flat it will be a great place to carry bulky items or put a sleeping bag while camping.
A quick look inside the R1S! pic.twitter.com/liEZVnNJnR
— RJ Scaringe (@RJScaringe) May 19, 2022
Rivian vehicles come with eight different driving modes including Off-Road Auto, Off-Road Rock Crawl, Soft-Sand Mode, Off-Road Rally and Off-Road Drift. It’s nice to have the options, though we doubt too many owners will be dragged off-road.
Another neat feature of Rivian cars is the towing option. For those who don’t know, you can’t start an EV like a regular car. In an emergency, your Rivian R1S can connect to a tow vehicle and pull it forward to recharge the battery with regenerative braking.
Then, like the R1T, the SUV has several power outlets throughout the car, including a 110v outlet and 12v plug in the center console, and more in the back. You’ll find a 12v outlet in the front boot, not to mention conveniently placed USB-C ports to keep your gadgets charged.
The company plans to add all sorts of other neat features in the future. Some of these include pet mode, improved camera controls and taking full advantage of all the cameras and sensors on the car.
That’s all we know about the Rivian R1S so far, but we expect to learn more in the coming months as orders roll out to customers. Based on what we’ve seen of the R1T electric truck, Rivian is gearing up for anything and while mixing up the lineup, it’s hoping to take on the likes of the Tesla Model X, Model Y, and EVs from big names including Chevy and Ford. when it comes to luxury vehicles.
Rivian has taken over 80,000 pre-orders between the R1T and R1S, so they’ve definitely got their work cut out for them. The company needs to ramp up production, maintain prices, build a charging network and turn a profit as quickly as possible.
From what we’ve seen so far, the Rivian R1S ticks all the boxes for SUV buyers, plus offers a few extra features like off-road capabilities. It’s an all-around all-electric SUV unlike anything else on the market today.
However, it’s only a matter of time before we see a full-size electric SUV like the Chevy Tahoe or something other than Ford. For now, the company is pretty much playing in a league of its own. If you’re considering an electric vehicle and want as much space as possible, all the comforts, but also a bit of adventure, consider the new Rivian R1S.