The 2021 Rivian R1S SUV is an all-electric SUV that features stylish and advanced design. Built and manufactured by Rivian, a startup electric vehicle company located in Michigan United States which was found back in 2009. Rivian R1S SUV first made its debut as a prototype in 2018 that captured the attention of potential customers due to its innovative design. This electric vehicle promises to deliver a maximum driving range up to 400 miles and accelerate to 60 miles per hour less than 3 seconds.

The 2021 Rivian R1T truck is scheduled to be in production this year and delivered to customers by end of the year. Afterwards, the 2021 Rivian R1S SUV will go in production and company will ship directly to the customers sometimes around 2021. Customers who haven’t placed their order for all-new Rivian R1S SUV still can reserve their spot on the official company website.

This family-size electric SUV boasts an impressive 200.7 length and 79.3 width. Which gives spacious room to fit up to 7 people in the vehicle, making it the ultimate choice for large family, people with friends, and going out for special events like parties, festivals, and whatanot. Due to its large size, the R1S SUV is a popular alternative option to the more expensive Tesla X Model which is priced at $81,000.

The recent news revealed that the startup electric vehicle company said the base price of 2021 Rivian R1S SUV will be lowered than its expected initial price. Which means this electric vehicle suddenly becomes more attractive option in contrast to Tesla X Model. In our 2021 Rivian R1S SUV review, we will talk about its engine, handling, wheels, interior, performance, and all of things you need to know about it. Without further ado, let’s get the wheels spinning.

Engines, Handling and Wheels

A brand new 2021 Rivian R1S SUV comes with all-wheels which features 121.1 inches in diameter. This provides an impressive height above the ground and allows the SUV to wade up to 3 feet in the water without submerging it completely. Each wheel are completely powered with its own electric motor that helps maintain and optimizes your driving experience.

2021 Rivian R1S SUV Chassis

You also will have the option to buy your own battery type from the following list: 105kWh, 135kWh, or 180kWh with maximum range of 230, 300 and 400 miles respectively. For those drivers who prefers speed, the 135kWh battery is the best option that lets you accelerate to 60 miles per hour less than 3 seconds. For drivers who wants to be able to drive more and charge less, the 180kWh battery gives you a maximum range of 400 miles.

This family-size electric SUV is capable of towing up to 7,700 pounds which makes it a good choice for performing heavy duty jobs. Although, the R1T Truck would have done a better job for more extreme heavy duty jobs since it is capable of towing up to 11,000 pounds. The Rivian R1S SUV also comes with adjustable air suspension.

Performance, Chassis, and Controls

The 2021 Rivian R1S SUV is built and crafted for performance while offering driver precise and smooth controls. As mentioned previously, its large wheelbase provides it with enough height to wade up to 3 feet deep in the water. It also comes with a combined motor torque up to 829ft / pound. Thanks to its advanced quad motors, the Rivian R1S SUV offers you superior control on the road and off road.

2021 Rivian R1S SUV Performance

Unlike other SUVs, the R1S is engineered with active chassis. Which means it can automatically adjust as you transfer to different terrain while maintaining the same level of performance and controls. The active chassis helps mitigates the impact to keep the driving experience and performance exceptional.

The 2021 Rivian R1S SUV comes with a total horsepower of 750. This powerful engine will have no issue allowing the R1S SUV to plow through the toughest obstacles. Performance-wise, this electric vehicle gives the drive an ultimate control over driving while keeping the flow steady and fluid. Thus, making the R1S an ideal all-platform for traveling and family trips.

Interior and Technology

In the next part of our 2021 Rivian R1S SUV review, we are going to look inside the electric vehicle. On the inside, this electric SUV is fully decked out with high-quality leather, wood and even built-in display. In the front, it comes with a large storage capacity just under the hood. Plus it have a lockable bed compartment in the rear.

2021 Rivian R1S SUV Interior

Furthermore, this SUV comes with a small storage underneath that you can stuff long items like tenting poles, foldable chairs and other stuff like that. The design of R1S SUV focuses on maximizing storage capacity while keeping it compact and lightweight enough to provide impressive performance and space up to 7 people in the vehicle.

Initially, the R1S SUV have a base price of $72,500 however the company said that the expected price will be lower than it. Which makes it even more affordable option compared to Tesla X Model. This electric SUV is planned for production early this year and will be delivered to the customers by 2021.

Rivian R1S SUV Storage

Concerning the charging network, startup company said they are working on developing their own network and services across the United States which will be similar to Tesla. The 2021 R1S SUV will launch in 2021 after the company completes the production of R1T and goes sale by end of the year.

Our Thoughts on 2021 Rivian R1S SUV

The all-new Rivian R1S SUV is certainly a very nice electric vehicle. It encompasses futuristic design while providing enough space that supports up to 7 people and plenty of room to store. It is the perfect choice for going on road trips and traveling around the world. Thanks to its large storage capacity, the Rivian R1S SUV is also an ideal platform for large family.

People who are looking to upgrade and make the switch to a clean power electric vehicle to support their family or to accommodate their lifestyle will find Rivian R1S SUV an excellent choice. It possesses impressive performance, battery range and precise control features that makes it a tough competitor.

On the inside, it is absolutely beautiful. With a large display located on the middle that keeps you informed and lets you do things like tracking the route, making a phone call, checking your vehicle status and more. Certainly the startup company have done an excellent job at making an electric vehicle compatible and accommodate to various customers’ needs.

As I mentioned previously that the initial base price of R1S SUV will be less than expected. It is still unclear whether it will be closer to the base price of Tesla Model 3. But customers who pre-ordered this vehicle obviously won’t complain about it. Afterall, the Rivian R1S SUV encompasses quality, performance, and features that you can’t find it in other brands, expect Tesla.

What do you think of the 2021 Rivian R1S SUV and are you excited about its release date in 2021? Let us know how you feel and think about it by commenting below in the comment section. Happy driving!

David Howard
David Howard is a recent graduate with Bachelor's Degree of Arts in journalism and criminal justice. He is also the founder of Helixwire. During his leisure, he enjoys trying out culture food, hiking, and playing sports. He is also a proud husband and father of two children.