Rivian R2 teased, Tank Flip shelved

Rivian on Friday offered the primary tease of its R2, a smaller follow-up to the automaker’s R1T electrical pickup and R1S electrical SUV due in 2026.

CEO RJ Scaringe and design boss Jeff Hammoud confirmed a clay mannequin of the R2 underneath a sheet throughout an Instagram query and reply session with Scaringe. Content material from the Q&A was posted to Instagram Tales, which disappear after 24 hours until the content material is reshaped elsewhere. We grabbed a screenshot in case that does not occur.

The coated clay mannequin has the identical boxy profile because the R1S SUV, but it surely seems to be a bit smaller. That traces up with earlier studies, which point out a smaller mannequin that carries over the R1S styling, however in a smaller package deal nearer to the present Jeep Grand Cherokee in measurement.

2022 Rivian R1S

2022 Rivian R1S

The R2 is anticipated to be a higher-volume mannequin with a decrease base worth than the R1 fashions, which at the moment begin at $79,000 and $84,000 (earlier than vacation spot) for the R1T and R1S, respectively. Scaringe earlier this yr mentioned Rivian is simplifying meeting and parts sourcing for the R2, which ought to assist hold prices down. Rivian initially deliberate to launch the R2 in 2025, however final yr it introduced that the launch shall be delayed till 2026.

The R2 is anticipated to be constructed at Rivian’s new Georgia manufacturing unit to complement its present Illinois manufacturing unit, which is a repurposed facility beforehand utilized by Mitsubishi. Situated east of Atlanta, the $5 billion Georgia plant was resulting from begin building this yr, with the primary automobiles rolling off manufacturing traces in 2024, but it surely’s unclear if the lack of tax breaks from the state authorities will have an effect on that timeline.

Rivian has additionally indicated plans for smaller EVs concentrating on China and Europe, but it surely’s unclear if that refers back to the R2 or different future fashions. Rivian in 2021 trademarked a number of names, giving it management of R1S to R5S and R1T to R5T.

Rivian R1T pre-production

Rivian R1T pre-production

In the identical Q&A, Scaringe additionally addressed the dearth of the Tank Flip function in present manufacturing Rivian automobiles. Rivian first confirmed the function, which permits a quad-motor R1T or R1S to show in place like a tank, in 2019. A patent utility for a seemingly associated “Ok-turn mode” surfaced in 2021. However the Tank Flip function has now been shelved, Scaringe confirmed, as a result of it would not match with Rivian’s ethos.

“During the last yr and a half we have arrived on the view that it is a function that, whereas we are able to do it, it is so simply abused and so exhausting to ensure we do not tear up trails and actually do issues which can be in distinction to what we stand for as an organization,” Scaringe mentioned.

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