Before we dive into everything this capable SUV has to offer, you’re probably wondering when you can get one. It initially had a mid-2021 arrival date shortly after the electric truck, but both were delayed due to supply constraints and other issues.
And while Rivian delivered several R1S vehicles to pre-order holders in December and earlier this year, these were only special Launch Edition vehicles.
In June 2022, Rivian sent out letters to reservation holders that it would delay the first deliveries of its long-awaited R1S electric SUV. Again. And while the manufacturer is busy ramping up production, those letters said reservation holders can expect delivery around August or later.
Additionally, some buyers have been told it may not arrive until October-December depending on model, color and trim.
Technically, the Rivian R1S is available right now and has already been released. However, most of the reservation holders did not receive their reservations due to delays and supply issues. And to make matters worse, if you order one today, it probably won’t arrive until sometime in 2023.
Price & Availability
As expected, this is a brand new electric vehicle with a cutting-edge design, so it’s not cheap. Initially, the fully loaded Launch Edition was only $75,500, but in May, Rivian raised the prices, 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 main packs and plenty of add-ons for those looking to spice things up. Both are available for pre-order now with a $1,000 deposit. Again, if you order today, we doubt it will be delivered until early 2023.
Specifications, battery, range and performance
Like most electric vehicles of late, the Rivian R1S is fast, powerful and highly capable. Depending on the package, it can go from 0 to 60 in just over three seconds, makes up to 835 horsepower, and comes with two big battery options.
Buyers have a choice of two main packages and two powertrain options for the Rivian R1S. All 2022 models only come with the better four-motor AWD system with an electric motor at each wheel. In addition, the Rivian only offers a large battery with a capacity of 128 kWh. This promises an EPA range of approximately 316 miles per charge and combines 835 horsepower and 908 lb-ft of torque.
The twin-engine R1S is still competent, making around 600 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. Depending on the size of the battery, it will still get anywhere from 260 to 316 miles on a single charge. The Rivian R1S can tow up to 7,700 pounds, seats up to seven thanks to the 3rd row seat upgrade, and has a wading depth of over three feet.
Rivian will eventually offer three different batteries on the R1S, along with a more affordable 2WD configuration. In 2023, we expect a smaller battery and an even larger selection of “Max” batteries. Note that the largest battery option arriving in 2023 is only for the AWD model, and the smallest battery will only be on 2WD configurations.
Once those options arrive, Rivian estimates 260 miles per charge for the cheapest variant and around 400 miles for the Max, giving many electric SUVs a run for their money. Unfortunately, the company says its smaller 105 kWh battery won’t be available until 2024.
More importantly, the battery and drivetrain of every Rivian R1S is backed by an eight-year/175,000-mile warranty.
Charging the Rivian R1S
Currently, the Rivian R1S can charge at a rate of over 196kW, which is pretty impressive, but not as fast as many other luxury EVs on the market. However, that is about to change.
The company says it will have over 3,500 DC fast chargers in 600 locations by the end of 2023. However, Rivian recently removed this promise from their 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 RivianThose who opt for a DC fast charger can achieve 140 miles of range in just 20 minutes. In the future, the speed of 200 kW will be increased to 300 kW. The Rivian’s charging technology and speed are pretty much on par with most of the competition, but we’re not sure how quickly it will develop a charging network or offer faster 300kW speeds.
The elegant features of the Rivian R1S
The Rivian R1S shares much of the overall design, aspects and exciting features like the R1T electric truck. While the SUV doesn’t have the same cargo space as a truck, there’s more room on the roof for a cargo carrier, and the company even sells a roof tent that buyers can throw on top for camping or cross-country trips.
It comes with an adaptive air suspension system, similar to a truck. With air suspension, R1S owners can raise the ride height to 14.9 inches for off-road trails or lower it to 8.8 inches for better handling and highway mileage. The Rivian has a $2,000 off-road upgrade that adds reinforced undercarriage runners to protect the vehicle from rocks, a set of front-mounted tow hooks, and a few other goodies.
Around the rear, the tailgate opens in two sections. The top half is powered, of course, and allows access to the spacious cargo area behind the rear seats. The lower half can also be dropped, making it easier to load heavy equipment or luggage. Then, as expected, all of them the seats lay flat for hauling oversized items or would be a great place to put a sleeping bag when camping.
A quick look inside the R1S! pic.twitter.com/liEZVnNJnR
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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. And while we doubt too many owners will drift off-road, it’s nice to have options.
Another feature of Rivian vehicles is the possibility of towing. For those who don’t know, you can’t start an EV like a normal car. In an emergency, your Rivian R1S can connect to a tow vehicle and pull it forward to charge the battery using regenerative braking.
Then, like the R1T, the SUV has several electrical outlets throughout the vehicle, including a 110V outlet and a 12V plug in the center console and even more in the rear. You’ll also find a 12V socket in the front trunk, not to mention USB-C ports conveniently placed to keep your gadgets charged.
The company plans to add all kinds of other neat features in the future. Some of these include a pet mode, improved dashboard camera controls, and full use of all cameras and sensors located throughout the vehicle.
That’s all we know about the Rivian R1S for now, but we expect to learn a lot more in the coming months as orders start shipping to customers. Based on what we’ve seen from the R1T electric truck, Rivian is going all out, hoping to take on the likes of the Tesla Model X, Model Y, and EVs from big names including Chevy and Ford, while bringing the lineup together. when it comes to luxury cars.
Rivian has taken over 80,000 pre-orders between the R1T and R1S, so they certainly have a lot going for them. The company needs to quickly start production, maintain prices, build a charging network and become profitable as quickly as possible.
From what we can see so far, the Rivian R1S ticks all the boxes for SUV buyers, plus it brings a few extras like off-road capability. It’s a well-rounded 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 from Ford. So far, the company is almost in a league of its own. If you’re considering an electric car and want the most space, all kinds of comfort, but also plan to be a little adventurous, consider the new Rivian R1S.