The 2022 Rivian R1T arrives as an all-new model from an all-new brand. Beyond being an exciting vehicle, the R1T is the first all-electric pickup truck to hit the market and the first vehicle from the automaker. The R1T ushers in a new era of electric pickup trucks, boasts impressive performance, and has an upscale design.
From the side, the R1T looks like a traditional pickup truck. Measuring 215.6 inches long for the crew-cab body style, which is the only one available for the R1T, the pickup splits the difference between midsize options like the Toyota Tacoma and full-size offerings like the Ram 1500. The all-electric truck has a few unique design elements, like its signature lighting. The rear taillights that wrap around the entire truck’s rear end and oval-shaped daytime running lights at the front are the main cues that help the R1T carve its own place in the class.
On the inside, the 2022 R1T features high-end materials and a simple, clean design to look upscale. The tiered dashboard design is centered around large screens. The R1T doesn’t have any traditional buttons or dials, as all of the vehicle’s controls and systems are operated through the massive central touchscreen. In an eye toward being environmentally conscious, the R1T comes with vegan leather upholstery and a 100% recycled microfiber headliner.
Rivian hasn’t provided information on all of the R1T’s standard features. The pickup truck comes with a 15.6-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 6.8-inch screen on the back of the center console, a wireless charging pad, a portable Bluetooth speaker, and navigation. Consumers won’t find Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility with the R1T.
The R1T features a quad-motor design with an electric motor on each wheel. The result is up to 800 horsepower and 900 pound-feet of torque. The power helps the R1T get to 60 mph from a standstill in three seconds. When properly equipped, the pickup can tow up to 11,000 pounds. When the R1T first goes on sale, the pickup truck will be available with a 135-kWh battery pack with 314 miles of range. A larger 180-kWh pack will be available, bringing a range of around 400 miles.
On the safety front, the R1T comes standard with Rivian’s Driver+ suite of safety features. The suite includes adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, trailer assist, parking sensors, and automatic high-beam assist. Rivian’s Highway Assist system is also standard. Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has crash-tested the R1T yet.