A couple of years back, most people visualized pickup trucks as “work trucks or trucks for the old.” However, in recent years, this mentality has been eradicated. Modern pickup trucks have become quite popular, especially among the young. This is attributed to the fact that most modern pickups are no longer just work trucks. They are designed to be multipurpose and family-friendly. Rivian Automotive, Inc. recently released one of such trucks into the market, called Rivian R1T.
Rivian R1T is an all-electric on- and off-road luxurious pickup truck with incredible off-roading capability and several impressive autonomous features. It is the first all-electric truck to be released into the market by the American company Rivian Automotive, Inc.
Rivian Automotive, Inc. utilized its own self-made skateboard platform for the production of R1T. Rivian specified that the R1T has been specially designed for off-road purposes to make the transition to sustainable transportation as exciting and adventurous as possible.
So far, experience-based reviews have shown that the R1T is an extremely luxurious pickup truck with incredible off-road capability. This article will give you detailed information on R1T and its special features.
What is Rivian R1T?
Rivian R1T was first introduced in 2018 as a BEV light-duty pickup truck. This spiked interest in several people, some of which pre-ordered. In September 2021, Rivian delivered its first R1T, and as of December 15, 2021, 386 Rivian R1T had been delivered.
Several experience-based reviews have classified the R1T as one of the best available trucks. Moreover, it won the 2022 MotorTrend Truck of the Year competition.
Let us check out what makes the R1T special by analyzing its performance and innovative design features.
Is the Rivian R1T a full-size truck?
The Rivian R1T is not a full-size truck. It is bigger than today’s mid-size trucks but smaller than today’s full-size trucks. Below is detailed information on its length, width, and height as released by Rivian Automotive Inc. Length (217.1”), Width (87.1” mirrors out, 81.8 mirrors in), Height with antenna (78.3” max in off-road mode, 73.1” min in sport mode, 72.1” in the park in kneel mode), Ground Clearance (14.9 max in off-road mode, 9.7” min in sport mode, 8.7” in the park in kneel mode)
Rivian R1T Range
As of now, the Rivian R1T has three different battery packs, namely the standard, large, and max battery packs. The currently utilized large battery pack has a capacity of 135 kWh and delivers an EPA range of 314 miles.
The max battery pack (180-kWh) is yet to be seen. However, it promises a mileage of 400 miles on a single charge. The Standard pack promises a mileage of 260+ miles.
The Rivian R1T has a 0-60 mph time of 3 seconds.
Rivian R1T Interior
The Rivian R1T can seat five passengers. It has bucket front seats, height-adjustable, multi-level heating, and ventilated driver passenger seats with power-adjustable lumbar support.
It has a stereo from Meridian, one of the finest in-car audio setups. It also has front and rear cupholders and door pockets. Additionally, it has large infotainment and dash cluster screens.
Rivian RIT Weight
The Rivian R1T is a heavy medium-size truck. It weighs 6950 lb.
Rivian R1T Frunk
Rivian R1T has a front trunk under the hood known as a Frunk. This frunk serves as extra storage space. Underneath it is a large bin that can store additional items.
It can be opened or closed using the remote key, a button at the front of the R1T, or the infotainment screen.
Rivian R1T Trunk Bed
The Rivian R1T has a versatile trunk bed that is approximately 54-inches. Rivian brilliantly developed a clever gooseneck tailgate hinge system that extends the total length of the bed to 83.6-inches with the tailgate down.
The bed is made from compression-molded structural composite, making it quite resistant to wear and corrosion. It has two automatic LED lights and two 15-amp and 120-volt plugs.
The bed wall has forged steel tie-downs that strap in heavy cargo. It also has drain plugs at its bottom, allowing easy hose-out and serving as coolers while tailgating.
The bed has two lockable tonneau cover options that can turn it into an extra 29 cubic feet of secure, weatherproof storage space.
Rivian R1T drivers assist features
The current Rivian R1T system is not fully hands-on or hands-off. It requires periodic touching of the steering wheel while driving. Its driving system includes a Highway Assist feature that automatically steers and adjusts speed.
Additionally, it has many advanced safety features such as lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot warning, automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beams. These features are typical in luxury vehicles.
What is Special about the Rivian R1T?
The R1T is undeniably an exceptionally good truck. Now, let us look at things that make it special and luxurious. So far, the most impressive characteristic of Rivian R1T has been its off-roading capability.
Rivian R1T Off-road capability
The Rivian R1T has an incredible off-road capability. It can traverse incredibly challenging terrain with relative ease. Its approach, departure, and break-over angles are 35.5, 30, and 26.4 degrees, respectively.
The R1T has great clearance. Its max ground clearance and wading depth are 14.9- and 43.1-inches, respectively.
It has great all-terrain tires that have proven to be quite effective.
Rivian R1T Towing Capacity
The Rivian R1T towing capacity is quite remarkable. It has a maximum towing capacity of 11,000 lb, which is on par with larger full-size pickups. This is quite impressive given that the R1T is a medium-size truck.
Rivian R1T Gear Tunnel
The Rivian R1T includes a unique storage compartment called the Gear Tunnel. The gear tunnel is an enclosed, weatherproof 65-inch long tunnel that runs horizontally across the truck.
It is equipped with automatic LED lights and both 12-volt and 120-volt power ports. This tunnel can be open using the app, in-vehicle controls, or buttons on the bed rail.
The tunnel is suitable for storing your snowboards and other things you do not want dirtying your car.
Rivian R1T Camp Kitchen
This feature is peculiar to some Rivian cars. The Camp Kitchen option costs an extra $5,000. In R1T models with the Camp Kitchen option, the Gear Tunnel is filled with a fully equipped slide-out kitchen, including a two-burner induction cooktop, a four-gallon water tank, a sink, and a 30-piece kitchen set from the Japanese luxury outdoor adventure brand Snow Peak. This is quite a luxurious truck, right?
The Rivian R1T is a luxurious truck with great on-road capacity and incredible off-road capacity. Its towing capacity and ground clearance are clearly remarkable.
Additionally, the R1T is a medium-size truck that is on par with full-size trucks in terms of towing capacity. It is also on par with sports cars like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS in 0-60 mph time.
If you are interested in getting one, find out if it is available and if deliveries are being made.