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Rivian R1S Electric SUV

Rivian R1S could be a breakthrough in the premium SUV segment

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The electric car will be offered with a four-motor all-wheel drive system with a total power of 847 hp and a torque of 1230 Nm. Rivian plans to introduce in 2024 a cheaper twin-motor all-wheel drive version that will have over 600hp and 800Nm of torque.

The Rivian four-motor drivetrain with Independent Torque Vectoring adapts instantly to the situation, sending just the right amount of power to the wheels for maximum traction.

The R1S uses a battery pack with a total capacity of 135 kWh, the usable capacity is approximately 125 kWh.

According to the EPA method, the range of the R1S with the "large" battery is 509 km. Currently, the company produces R1S only with a large block, but in the future it will be offered with a "standard" battery with a total capacity of 105 kWh and a shorter range (allegedly around 418 km), as well as a "maximum" 180 kWh battery (expected range over 640 km).

The electric car is equipped with a 48-amp on-board charger and is capable of charging from a 240-volt Level 2 source with a power of up to 11.5 kW. When connected to a 48-amp charger, R1S will increase the range at a speed of up to 40 km/h. Rivian has announced its own 48Amp home charging station that will sync with the Rivian Vehicles and Rivian apps, however, this device is not currently available for sale.

All Rivian vehicles come standard with a universal (120/240V) 32Amp charging cable. When connected to a US 120V power supply via a 240V adapter, the R1S will charge at about 24km/h.

The salon is very comfortable. The seats are only available in vegan leather and are heated and ventilated. A heated steering wheel is standard. The layout is standard: a 15.6-inch touchscreen display in the center and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster in front of the driver. The R1S is only available in a three-row, seven-seat configuration.

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The central 15.6-inch touchscreen is the main control panel for navigation, climate control, driving modes, settings and multimedia. Rivian uses its own operating system.

The R1S comes standard with a wide range of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The main system is called Rivian Driver+ and includes adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, and lane keep assist. When reversing and when parking, rear traffic warning, valet parking and trailer assist assist.

There is also Rivian Highway Assist - this is an autopilot that allows you not to keep your hands on the steering wheel. It includes automatic steering, braking and acceleration, but can only work on certain highways that have been pre-mapped on a high-precision map. Rivian uses third-party basemaps and also collects its own data using a set of sensors on the vehicle.

Pricing starts at $84,500 for a richly equipped four-engine version. Later, a twin-engine AWD R1S with a large battery will be available for $78,500, and with a standard battery for $72,500.

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