The forthcoming 2021 Rivian R1T is the electric pickup truck that will rival Tesla’s new Cybertruck. And just like Cybertruck, we expect from R1T to cause a splash right away. The buzz about this model doesn’t stop, mostly because Rivian promised incredible performances. Indeed, most of the specifications are looking unreal. However, until it happens, we have to believe the manufacturer. That includes impressive acceleration, towing capacity, and most importantly, driving range.
This startup brand didn’t provide any concept. Ford and Amazon are just some of the larger companies that invested huge money in this startup program. To this moment, we know that R1T will look futuristic and attractive. Moreover, this pickup will arrive in a double-cab body configuration. Four-electric motors and adjustable suspension are just some of the mechanical features Rivian has to offer.
2021 Rivian R1T Design
The all-new 2021 Rivian R1T will look unique, and we hardly can find a pickup that looks similar. Someone described it as “future of utility” and it makes perfect sense. Besides its cab and bed, R1T is far from traditional pickup truck. The front fascia hosts a “stadium-shaped” lights that are looking both futuristic and cartoonish. The horizontal light bar looks incredible, and it serves as a daytime running light or charging indicator.
The charger sits above the bumper on the driver’s side. As for the dimensions, R1T is large, but not enough to be classified as the full-size pickup truck. For that reason, with its 135.8-inch long wheelbase, R1T is a mid-size model. This may cause a lot of discussions because Rivian offers a pickup that is slightly larger than the mid-size pickup truck. Lastly, 11 inches of ground clearance is provided in its standard version. Thanks to adjustable suspension, this number may vary from 9.4 to 14.2 inches of ground clearance.
Inside the cabin, Rivian delivers wood and leather materials. There will be room for five passengers in a double-cab variant. The 2021 Rivian R1T also offers impressive safety ratings and latest high-tech features. According to Rivian, R1T features a Level 3 autonomy, but the interior highlight is definitely storage. Besides the frunk, R1T will offer a “gear tunnel” that is also lockable, and it sits behind the cab under the bed.
In terms of design, 2021 Rivian R1T is closer to Tesla than other manufacturers. That means this is another not so ordinary pickup truck. The number of controls is minimal, and Rivian also offers large displays and screens. One such unit will act as an instrument cluster while the other one sits in the center of the dashboard.
Engine Specs and Towing Rate
The approaching 2021 Rivian R1T will deploy a so-called “skateboard” platform. This piece of architecture can accommodate four electric motors, suspension, and the battery pack. Each motor will deliver 147 kilowatts for a total output of 562 kW. If that isn’t impressive, then 753 horsepower and 852 lb-ft of torque surely are. Four-motor configuration will provide astonishing acceleration and torque vectoring.
According to Rivian, R1T will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds. That is crazy, even for a sports car and especially for a pickup truck. Tesla offers configurations with one, two or three motors. Rivian is offering battery packs.
A 135-kWh package will provide 300 miles. Moreover, you can buy a larger 180 kWh battery pack that is rated at 400 miles of driving range. Finally, you can charge this pickup from 0 to 80 percent in less than one hour on a DC fast charger. On top of that, 2021 R1T can tow 11,000 pounds.
2021 Rivian R1T Price and Release Date
According to this startup brand, the new 2021 Rivian R1T will start at $69,000. Moreover, the production will begin in the second half of 2020, and new model will arrive late that year.
We can’t put R1T in the same basket with Ford F-150, Ram 1500, or Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Simply, those models are almost twice cheaper and are still not offering electric powertrain options. For that reason, Tesla is the only competitor at the moment.