The R1S is the SUV version of the R1T pickup.
It is priced from $72,500 in the US and $92,750 in Canada.
Deliveries are said to begin later this month or in June.
Over the last few weeks, news surrounding Rivian’s fortunes has been less than ideal. The start-up EV automaker’s 2022 has so far seen them still unable to ramp up production (for many reasons), dramatically increasing prices, learning that Ford is selling off some of its shares in the company, and issuing its first recall. Not all is bad as they’ve also secured a location for a second plant and announced the coming of a new R2 SUV.
A quick look inside the R1S! pic.twitter.com/liEZVnNJnR
— RJ Scaringe (@RJScaringe) May 19, 2022
While the news about the R2 is uplifting, it’s not exactly what R1S order-holders what to hear or read about. Many have been waiting for a very long time and still have a long way to go before taking delivery. The owner’s guide was recently released but sensing that customers might still have questions about the R1S’ seating configuration, Rivian’s CEO, RJ Scaringe, took to Twitter and with Stacey’s help, shows a few of the SUV’s seating functions.
The brief two-minute video shows the location of the power liftgate button and its associated lights that shine down on the tailgate (very BMW X5) and the surrounding floor. Perhaps most important is the fact that both the third and second-row fold completely flat. From the video, the fit and finish in the rear look quite nice however the third row is missing straps or a handle in order to be gently lowered or lifted back into position.
The featured Rivian R1S shows quite well in Canyon Red.