Possible Upgrades Expected for R1T Design
Two unidentified Rivian models were recently seen undergoing testing in freezing temperatures of -25°F near Fairbanks, Alaska, hinting at a potential new release (aside from the upcoming R2 SUV) in the near future.
Recently, RivianTrackr shared a find via X that could potentially be camouflaged prototypes of the well-known R1T pickup trucks. It brings up the question – why would Rivian go through all the trouble to conceal these vehicles? After careful consideration, there are a few potential explanations we can delve into. The most apparent reason is that Rivian is currently working on refreshing the design of the R1T. With its launch in 2022, the company may be preparing updates for the model in 2025 or 2026.The vehicles spotted by RivianTrackr through X appear to be masked prototypes resembling the R1T pickup trucks. However, Rivian’s decision to conceal them raises curiosity about their intentions. There are a few potential reasons that we can examine. The first and most notable being that the automaker is already in the process of enhancing the R1T. As this vehicle hit the market in 2022, it’s possible that Rivian is planning to introduce new updates for the model in either 2025 or 2026.
The battle is intensifying in the electric truck industry; as the Silverado EV and Sierra EV approach, Rivian may need to revamp the design and features of its pickup in order to maintain its appeal. Fisker is also in the process of creating an electric truck.
A group of Rivian vehicles were sighted in Fairbanks, Alaska today, clad in a layer of camouflage despite the bone-chilling -25°F temperature. One may wonder what exactly these cars are being put through on this particularly frigid day. ?? pic.twitter.com/QF2RmObkOW
If this is true, it is possible to anticipate more defined exterior designs and possibly updates to the interior. However, there is no indication in these pictures to support this assumption.
It is quite likely that Rivian is conducting trials for a fresh electric propulsion system for the R1T. The presence of camouflage may be puzzling, but without it, there would not be any buzz surrounding these trucks. With its four-motor configuration, the top-of-the-line R1T already boasts an impressive 835 horsepower, yet this capability is currently not offered with the Max Pack feature. We can only hope that this combination is at last being fine-tuned for potential buyers.
One potential scenario is that Rivian is utilizing R1T shells as a cover-up for a completely fresh model. However, this would render the camouflage pointless.
With that being stated, the possibilities are endless and, similar to the current R1 platform, it is projected that Rivian’s upcoming R2 will include both SUV and pickup variants. The expectation for Rivian’s R2 platform is to feature both a sport utility vehicle and a pickup truck, much like their current R1 platform.
The upcoming release of R2 will be a momentous milestone for Rivian as it opens the doors to ownership for millions of people and introduces a mass-market option for the brand. With compact crossovers being immensely popular, especially in the electric vehicle market, Rivian hopes to join the ranks of successful models like the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Ioniq 5. With an estimated starting price of $40,000, the R2 is set to make its debut on March 7.