The 2022 Rivian R1T is an electrical truck that does mainly every little thing you’d anticipate from a typical half-ton pickup, whereas concurrently providing at the very least 314 miles of vary, a variable-height suspension designed to each enhance gas effectivity and improve accessible floor clearance, and sufficient accessible energy to tear off a 0-60 run in 3.0 seconds. Oh, and it tows as much as 11,000 kilos. These credentials appear fairly spectacular in their very own proper.
However launching a brand new pickup in the USA is about as treacherous as slicing an arm open after which going for a soothing night swim in shark-infested shoals. Add to that the R1T’s unconventional powertrain and an already-difficult path to acceptance turns into even trickier. Plus, present pickups are actually, actually good. One look on the Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid makes it clear simply how steep of an uphill battle Rivian has on its palms.
Standing out on this phase may very well be troublesome for a brand new gasoline-powered truck, however being an electrical offers the R1T some benefits. In our full Rivian R1T overview, we went over all these related to its severe efficiency and off-road capabilities, however there are additionally loads of distinctive little touches which are value mentioning. Are some a bit pointless? Positive, however generally it is the little issues that almost all appeal to us to cars. Listed below are 9 “little issues” we like in regards to the 2022 Rivian R1T.
The Gear Tunnel
That is completely one of many R1T’s cleverer social gathering methods. The Gear Tunnel is strictly what it seems like: a storage space that runs between the cab and mattress that may be accessed from both aspect of the truck’s exterior. That is cool simply on spec, as it may be used for securing lengthy objects that will not simply (or safely) match elsewhere within the truck. It additionally has attachment factors for a few of Rivian’s earliest equipment, together with the ironing-board-like “Shuttle” platform (above left) and the hooked up accent camp kitchen (above proper).
The onboard air compressor
This isn’t solely superior for common utility, however nice for many who truly off-road their pickups. This built-in compressor comes with a removable line lengthy sufficient to succeed in any of the R1T’s tires for refills after airing down for tough terrain. Simply set the strain and hit a button, and it will air proper up when you pack your different gear.
This cool camp speaker
This Bluetooth-enabled moveable speaker weighs simply 5 kilos and docks inside the R1T’s middle console for simple storage when not in use (above proper). It’ll cost when stowed or could be plugged into an exterior USB Sort-C port when docking is not an possibility.
The Gear Guard Digital camera
This helps stop stuff within the mattress from getting stolen … or at the very least data thieves within the act. Simply wrap the Gear Guard cables round cargo and if somebody tugs on the cable whereas the truck is locked, the inside display screen lights up with the above cartoon to scare them off and allow them to know they’re on candid digicam. Will it work? We’ll see, however looks like a greater resolution that holding a Rottweiler leashed within the mattress.
The flashlight with its personal built-in door pocket
So you have seen Rolls-Royces (and Volkswagen Passats) with umbrella pockets of their doorways, however have you ever seen an American truck with a built-in flashlight? Now you could have. There’s not far more to say about this; it is only a useful gadget. The Rivian of us appear fairly happy with it.
The important thing fob formed like a carabiner
Yeah, there’s not a lot to say right here. It’s totally “energetic way of life,” which is neither right here nor there. We simply suppose it is cool.
An under-bed storage and/or spare tire
We acknowledge that climbing over the tailgate and into the mattress for a big spare tire won’t be probably the most elegant factor one can do. Nonetheless, doing so might also be preferable to having to dig below the rear finish of a disabled truck after you have managed to ding issues up out on the path. You may also go away the tire behind and have the complete storage bin for no matter you need to maintain secure and/or dry. True, the Honda Ridgeline manages to have the storage effectively and a spare tire, however that is a rinky-dink house saver. That is the true deal.
Yep, the R1T has a frunk. Whereas automotive fans could also be used to seeing frunks solely in sports activities automobiles and high-end efficiency machines geared up with mid- or rear-mounted inside combustion engines, they don’t seem to be precisely the stuff of typical pickups. This atypical-for-ICE-but-ubiquitous-for-EV design provides a bit of safe, weatherproof storage to the R1T’s nostril. It measures 11 cubic toes, which is about what you’d discover in a two-door coupe’s trunk.
Cross bars for the roof and mattress
Roof rails are a rarity in vehicles of any type, making it troublesome to put in cross bars. Bars spanning the mattress are extra widespread. The R1T presents each with the identical set of accent cross bars that may match on the roof or throughout the mattress. You need to use the latter placement for a tent as proven above proper.
Some photographs by Dan Edmunds. Learn his full 2022 Rivian R1T overview right here.