Rivian surprises with R3 and R3X crossover electric SUVs

Rivian took a page from Elon Musk and had “one more thing” to show off during its R2 reveal event in California today. And it was a stunner.

The Rivian R3 is a slightly shorter, sportier-looking electric SUV than the R2, and it will come in a performance variant badged as R3X. Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe said the R3 “takes the package of R2 platform [and] shrinks it.”

The R3 is “designed with even tighter dimensions–and at a lower price point–than R2,” the company said — though it didn’t immediately release the price of the R3. Reservations for the R3 will start at a later date.

The R3 and R3X have sloping rear ends compared to the boxier R2. And the dimensions are overall a lot tighter than the midsize SUV.

Rivian said that the R2 and R3 will feature two battery sizes. The larger pack will achieve over 300 miles of range on a single charge and offer zero to 60mph acceleration in under three seconds for the quickest powertrain configuration.

“This is the vehicle when we walk around in the studio every season you’re like oh, I want that so bad,” Scaringe said.



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