Rivian’s Next Electric Off-Roader Should Terrify Tesla (And Subaru, Too)

Rivian’s upcoming vehicle is the electric off-roader we’re now craving.

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Rivian isn’t just positioning itself as an electric car company. It also wants to be an upmarket, environmentally-conscious adventure brand. (Think Patagonia, but for cars.) Their first two EVs — the R1T truck and R1S sport-utility vehicle — are badass, high-performance, gear-toting overlanders.  Their third vehicle may aim toward the Subaru end of the off-roading spectrum…and not in the slow-crossover-clogging-a-two-lane-highway sense.

We knew Rivian’s third vehicle will be rally-inspired. CarBuzz, citing high-placed Rivian sources, offers some further details. According to them, the new vehicle is — at least at present — dubbed the “R2R.” It will use a quad-motor all-wheel-drive system producing up to 500 hp. The looks, reportedly, will be a cross between the old Subaru Impreza WRX wagon and the oft-maligned but off-road capable Isuzu Vehicross.

The R2R may even be affordable…relatively speaking. Rivian startled competitors by pledging a low (by luxury electric vehicle standards) starting price of $69,000 for the R1T and $72,000 for the R1S, and the base models may end up being even cheaperCarBuzz says the price point will be “more agreeable” than those figures, which could make it well-placed to compete with some distinctly less off-road capable Tesla vehicles.

When the third Rivian vehicle will arrive remains unclear. Production and development timelines all over the automotive world have been set back by the pandemic; Rivian has already pushed back the R1T launch to 2021. But we’ll definitely be looking forward to driving it when it does.

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