Here’s an electric pickup that could appeal to a different set of buyers than those currently driving a full-size domestic-branded truck. Expected to debut for the 2020 model year, the R1T comes from Rivian, a startup company that’s readying the electrified pickup’s production at a former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, IL. The five-passenger R1T looks sleekly futuristic, with curved bodylines, flared fenders, and uniquely cast “stadium” headlamps that give it a truly distinctive face.
A quad-motor all-wheel-drive system is said to enable both high-speed cornering and low-speed rock crawling. The company says the R1T will be able to reach 60 mph in just three seconds and tow a maximum 11,000 pounds. Three battery sizes are planned, with the 180 kWh and 135 kWh available at launch and a 105 kWh being coming within a maximum range of up to 400+-plus miles. The automaker is even promising hands-off autonomous driving on the highway. It will reportedly start at around $69,000.