First Rivian R1S SUV, R1T Truck Arrive in Summer 2021


Rivian’s R1T truck and R1S SUV seemingly just got one step closer to reality, as the electric automaker announced pricing and delivery timelines for the two models. Well, at least some variants of the vehicles.

While Rivian eventually plans to offer three battery pack options in the R1T and R1S, the brand will only sell one at the outset: the mid-level unit that promises more than 300 miles of driving range. Those looking for the cheaper pack that reportedly delivers more than 250 miles of range or the pricier setup that supposedly tops 400 miles on a full charge will have to keep waiting.

The first batch of R1T and R1S trucks and SUVs arrive in June and August of 2021, respectively. Deemed “Launch Edition” models, the earliest Rivians wear sticker prices of less than $80,000, with the R1T Launch Edition coming in at $75,000 and the R1S Launch Edition at $77,500. Neither figure includes a destination charge—plan on dropping a few more bills on that fee. That said, federal and state tax credits will surely put some additional cash in the pockets of early Rivian buyers. 

Both Launch Edition models sport a special interior badge, are available in a coat of Launch Green paint, and come standard with the Adventure package. The latter feature adds heated and cooled faux-leather seats, wood interior trim, a premium audio system with a removable speaker, and the brand’s Off-Road Upgrade kit, which adds a stronger underbody shield and on-board air compressor. Additionally, R1T trucks with the Adventure pack include a power tonneau cover and remote monitoring system.

Those who fail to claim the initial batch of Launch Edition models need only wait until January 2022 to take delivery of R1S and R1T models with the mid-grade battery pack and either the aforementioned Adventure package or the lesser Explore package. Adventure pack-equipped Rivians wear the same price tag as the Launch Edition models, while lower-end Explore package R1T and R1S trucks and SUVs shave $7,500 from the sum. 

At $67,500 and $70,000 (not including destination), Explore pack-equipped R1S and R1T models come with matte-black interior trim, heated—but not cooled—faux-leather seats, and a lesser audio system relative to that of the Adventure pack. Furthermore, the R1T Explore pack trades the Adventure pack’s power tonneau cover for a manually operated unit that stows in the truck’s gear tunnel.

Admittedly, the least expensive Rivians—for now—will likely struggle to convert customers interested in low-end Ford F-150 or Expedition models over to the brand. Still, the R1T and R1S might just convince those looking at the Blue Oval’s $70,000-plus Limited trim full-size pickup and SUV (or the equivalent General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Toyota, or Nissan products) to make the jump to one of Rivian’s EV models. Nevertheless, the R1S ought to sway more than a few consumers away from the Tesla Model X three-row electric crossover, which starts at $81,190.

2022 Rivian R1T Pricing*

R1T w/ Explore package: $67,500

R1T w/ Adventure package: $75,000

R1T Launch Edition: $75,000

2022 Rivian R1S Pricing*

R1S w/ Explore package: $70,000

R1S w/ Adventure package: $77,500

R1S Launch Edition: $77,500

*Not including destination

Update: This post has been updated to reflect that Rivian’s pricing does not factor in federal tax credits or destination fees.

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