Rivian R1X dual-purpose SUV to be the brand’s new flagship model

Following the R1S, Rivian is developing a smaller, dual-purpose SUV called R1X with a plan to launch in 2023, as per a Motor Trend report dated August 3, 2022. The Rivian R1X will be a cross between off-road vehicles like the Jeep Recon and Land Rover Defender, along with inspiration from Rivian’s own R1T and go-fast SUVs, like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, for instance.

According to Rivian sources, the Rivian R1X is a rally-inspired performance SUV that rides high and is equipped with special off-road hardware for exploring unbeaten paths. Upon returning to the road, it will be as quick as a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, the report said. In February 2019, a spy shot (view on Motor Authority) hinted that Rivian’s third passenger model will be an SUV with a sloping roofline. That was probably the R1X, suggests the report.

Rivian skateboard platform
The Rivian R1X will ride on a shortened version of the R1 skateboard platform. Image Source: Rivian

The R1X will be a two-row SUV based on a shortened version of the R1 skateboard platform. The powertrain layout and batteries would, however, be new. Rivian plans to use four of the in-house motors of dual-motor R1S and R1T in its next SUV. Featuring carbon-sleeved rotors, the quad-motor powertrain will be able to operate at higher rpm and produce more power. According to those familiar with Rivian’s developments, the high-performance powertrain will produce 1,200 horsepower and 1,200 lb.-ft. of torque.

Likewise, the battery pack of the R1X will be an indigenously developed unit, as per the report. It suggests that the R1X will have a four-wheel independent suspension setup comprising a double-wishbone suspension in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear, both with height-adjustable air springs.

The R1X could go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2023 (between October and December 2023), with prices starting at around USD 115,000. The triple-motor GMC Hummer EV SUV tops out at USD 110,595, just in case you were wondering.

Rivian R1X FAQs

What is the Rivian R1X release date?

The Rivian R1X could be launched in Q4 2023 in the United States.

What will be the Rivian R1X price?

The R1X could be priced from around USD 115,000.

What will the R1X compete with?

The Mercedes EQG, GMC Hummer SUV, Jeep Recon, and the Ford Bronco EV are its direct & indirect rivals.

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