The Rivian R1X: Everything You Need to Know

You had us at "a Rivian interpretation of a rally car."

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Rivian has already unveiled the R1T pickup and R1S SUV and brought them into production. The natural question is what’s coming next — besides, of course, a lot of EV vans for Amazon.

The answer is a third vehicle that will reportedly be called the R1X. It’s expected to be a smaller, sportier two-row SUV that slots above the first two cars on performance and price.

Here’s what we know about the new R1X.

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The Rivian R1X should deliver “bananas” performance
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Rivian CEO R.J. Scaringe spoke to Autocar about Rivian’s third vehicle back in 2018. He described it as a “Rivian interpretation of a rally car with a lot of ground clearance. He also noted it would have a smaller wheelbase than the three-row R1S and deliver “bananas performance.”

The Rivian R1X should be sportier-looking than the R1S

Spyshots captured a design buck at Rivian’s headquarters that showed a swoopier, sportier body frame than Rivian’s boxy R1S and appears to have been part of the testing for the new R1X.

The top-spec Rivian R1X could pack 1,200 horsepower
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Motortrend, citing anonymous Rivian sourcing, offered further details on what the R1X would look like — including that the going name is the R1X. And the details sound like Chuck Norris facts.

Per the report, the vehicle will be “as capable as a Wrangler and Defender off-road” and “as quick as a Cayenne Turbo” on the pavement. The top version will pack four of Rivian’s new electric motors for a quad-motor system that puts out 1,200 horsepower and 1,200 lb-ft of torque.

When will the Rivian R1X arrive?
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Motortrend has Rivian beginning R1X delivers in Q4 of 2023 as a 2024 model year vehicle. They estimate pricing will start at $115,000. If that timeline is accurate, the car would likely be announced and unveiled very soon.

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