As is well known within the electric car sector, Rivian is not going through its best moment; they have laid off 6 percent of their workforce, their economy has not yet taken off and, additionally, their vehicle production forecast is lower than initially expected. However, not everything is going to be bad news since the company is developing what will be its third modela high-performance electric SUV both on and off the asphalt.
As published in the Motor Trend medium, this will be a high-performance rally-inspired model, “designed to be as capable as a Wrangler or Defender on off-road, and as fast as a Cayenne Turbo on the road.” , they affirm. And it will not be for less, well estimates speak of a maximum power of more than 1,200 hp and all-wheel drivewhich would place the model in a range of capacities little known until now within the electric SUV sector.
This model would receive the name of R1X, since the platform it would use would be the already released R1, which gives the R1S electric SUV the ability to hold up to three rows of seats inside. In the case of the high-performance model, the third row would be eliminated to look for a new longer roof drop from the B-pillar, which would give the feeling of a more sporty-inspired vehicle.
In addition to this new rear area, the final model will take on a much more aggressive image typical of a sports vehicle. Among its main features would be noticeably widened wheel arches, larger tires, as well as suspensions with increased travel. Additions such as logos, bumpers or paint that give the model a more aggressive image are also expected.
The report published by the North American media states that This model will hit the market at the end of 2023 and will incorporate an architecture made up of four electric motors, two on each axle, to provide intelligent traction to the vehicle. In the first instance, it is specified that these engines will be brand new and they will be shared with the next generation of the Rivian R1T and Rivian R1S, which estimate their arrival in the year 2024.
In the next generation of the current models, two electric motors will be coupled under their bodywork to give a combined power of up to 600 hp and 813 Nm of maximum torque. Which suggests that the new R1X, by having two additional electric motors, will double those specifications to reach the 1,200 hp and 1,625 Nm of maximum torquewhich will give you little comparable benefits with any other model of competent brands.
However, this is not the first time that news has come from Rivian about a supposed rally-inspired high-performance model. In 2018, RJ Scaringe, CEO of the company, already spoke about the possibility of launching a vehicle with these characteristics. At the time, the manager stated that this would have a shorter wheelbase than the two already known modelshigher ground clearance, as well as significantly improved capabilities.
Although the published report speaks of a launch at the end of the year 2023, at the moment there is no official position on its presentation or subsequent production, something that should foreseeably happen in the coming months.