If Rivian plans to launch a new R2 range in 2026, the brand likely has other plans before that. Two models that closely resemble the R1T have been seen in camouflage in Alaska.
Two camouflaged electric pick-ups spotted
Two Rivian electric pickup trucks were seen near Fairbanks, Alaska. These are not the R2 models promised by the brand. It looks more like the company is preparing something with its R1T. But why bother hiding them if that’s the case? There are several options. Rivian may be preparing a facelift for its famous electric pickup. Marketed since 2022, a makeover could be on the agenda for this year or perhaps rather for 2025. Especially as competition is increasingly strong in this segment.
The Tesla Cybertruck has been available for a few months and the Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV shouldn’t be long either. Not forgetting the RAM 1,500 REV, the Fisker pick-up or even the Wild concept presented by VinFast at CES 2024. That’s a lot! Rivian may therefore be looking to modernize the style and equipment of its pickup so that it stays in tune with the times. The brand could present a model with a more assertive style and perhaps also a redesigned interior. But the images do not suggest anything on this subject.
These Rivians were spotted near Fairbanks, Alaska today sporting some camouflage in -25° F weather. Wonder what they’re testing pic.twitter.com/QF2RmObkOW
— RivianTrackr (@RivianTrackr) February 6, 2024
Beyond the visual aspect, Rivian may also be working on a new electric powertrain for the R1T. Well, that wouldn’t justify camouflage, but it’s still possible. Some observers speak of a very powerful version called Aspen, with 1,000 horsepower. Especially since the brand has just announced the marketing of two new batteries. There ” Standard » who promises 434 km and the « SStandard+ » which should offer 506 km. Two battery packs available on the R1T or R1S.
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Two new batteries for the R1T and R1S
While waiting for the R2, this will already allow Rivian to offer slightly less expensive models and therefore gain in competitiveness. These new batteries are available to customers who opt for dual-motor all-wheel drive. In its cheapest version, the R1T is now available for $69,900. A strategy to grab market share? Maybe.
Buyers now have the choice between 4 different batteries: the Standard to cover 434 km, the Standard+ to cover 506 km, the Large to cover 566 km or the Max and a promise of 610 km of autonomy. Estimates made according to the American EPA cycle. Surprisingly, Rivian has not provided any information on the design of these new batteries, nor on the metals used.
We just know that the Standard offers 106 kWh while the Standard+ has a capacity of 121 kWh. On the other hand, the arrival of these new batteries is not enough to justify the camouflage with which the two pick-ups seen in Alaska are equipped. There’s something else brewing. But we will have to wait to find out more. The start-up is organizing an event on March 7, 2024 to say more about the R2 range.
The R2 range presented on March 7, 2024
We talk about the “ R2 range » because several new models should be marketed in 2026. At least two, including an SUV which could be called R2S and an R2T pick-up. They promise to be innovative, both in terms of design and technology.
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The R2 models could quickly take over the R1 range thanks to their price which will be much more attractive. Some are also talking about an R3 range with the potential arrival of a sedan. Without forgetting the fact that Rivian wants to internationalize by 2026 by offering its models for sale on the European market. It is therefore a very important period for the brand.
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