Rivian reveals the $45,000 R2 electrical SUV, and its siblings the R3 and R3X


Rivian formally revealed the R2 electrical SUV throughout a livestream held Thursday afternoon. We knew the followup to the well-regarded R1 was coming, and we even bought some leaked specs earlier this week, however now we’ve heard it from the electrical horse’s mouth. The corporate additionally shocked view R3 and R3X, nonetheless, got here as a whole shock, harkening again to Steve Jobs and his well-known “yet one more factor” convention enders.

As beforehand suspected, the R2 is a compact SUV that appears fairly fetching. All variations of the five-seat electrical automobile get not less than 300 miles per cost, due to newly-designed 4695 cell and a a lot bigger battery pack that makes up a big portion of the underside ground. House owners may even get loads of refueling choices. It comes with a NACS chargeport, so it’s going to work with Tesla Superchargers. The corporate’s additionally constructing its personal charging community, referred to as the Rivian Journey Community, with plans for 600 areas inside a couple of years.

A white car.

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The R2 has loads of stand up and go, with three motor layouts to select from. There’s a regular single-motor rear-wheel drive mannequin, a dual-motor all-wheel mannequin with motors in each the back and front and the beastly tri-motor model, which options two motors in again and one in entrance. That final mannequin can go from zero to 60 in three seconds, although the metric doubtless shrinks when contemplating the opposite two variations.

There’s a sturdy infotainment heart up entrance, although the format of those digital components are topic to vary as we get nearer to launch. Additionally up entrance? The R2 sports activities two gloveboxes, whereas the R1 line lacked even one. There’s additionally two scroll wheels on the steering wheel, full with dynamic haptic suggestions. The automobile’s self-driving options have gotten a serious increase right here, due to 11 cameras all through and 5 radars, together with a long-range front-facing radar.

Two gloveboxes.

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Costs begin at $45,000 for the usual single-motor model, which is in step with what firm CFO Claire McDonough has been promising. Although barely smaller than the R1, the R2 remains to be fairly roomy. As beforehand said, it matches 5 folks and boasts an open-air design with quarter home windows that come out and a rear glass window that drops and opens. Seats on each rows fold flat, so house owners ought to be capable to transport longer-than-average gear like surfboards. Similar to the R1 line, there is a roomy entrance truck, in any other case referred to as a frunk, for extra storage. The R2 is obtainable for preorders now, with deliveries beginning in 2026.

A Rivian R3.

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The R3, then again, appears to be like to be much more compact than its newly-announced sibling. It includes a shorter wheelbase than the R2 and an total tighter design. It’s going to even be obtainable in three fashions, together with single-motor, dual-motor and tri-motor variations. There is not any vary information obtainable, however it does function the identical battery pack because the R2.

The R3 additionally contains a few of the identical open-air design options because the R2, with an automated rear elevate and a rear-facing glass window that pops open for storage. This window can modify to a number of heights to accommodate oddly-shaped objects. There is a pair of gloveboxes up entrance and an inside design that prioritizes sustainable supplies.

Lastly, there’s the dune buggy-esque R3X. This can be a high-performance automobile, with solely a tri-motor design obtainable. It boasts a wider stance and extra floor clearance than the R3. As a matter of reality, it does not actually appear like the R3 in any respect, with its “rugged and playful” inside made out of cork and anodized metallic, amongst different supplies.

Overhead shot of the car.

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Rivian hasn’t introduced any pricing or availability info on the R3 or R3X. It did, nonetheless, tease some forthcoming equipment for the corporate’s whole fleet of automobiles. These embody a tent that fastens to the roof, bike racks and extra rear storage choices.

Now, the dangerous information. Rivian itself has been experiencing some points. The corporate introduced again in February that it could be shedding 10 % of its salaried workers and job cuts have already began. The EV maker laid off round 100 workers at its Regular, IL manufacturing unit this week.

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