Tech News

MotorTrend shows off Rivian’s electric adventure truck in detail

Rivian’s R1T electric pickup truck is lastly set to ship subsequent month after a sequence of delays — roughly three years after it debuted on the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Present. Forward of the launch, although, MotorTrend got to spend a handful of days with the all-electric adventure truck, and the group there got here away impressed by its efficiency. What’s extra, they provide the most effective appears on the R1T’s inside, which borrows as a lot from Tesla because it does from different high-end off-road-focused autos.

None of that is precisely shocking — Rivian has truly been fairly open concerning the growth of the R1T since its debut, commonly posting its personal articles, photographs, and movies alongside the best way — however the truck options two giant, crisp shows on the dashboard, Within the preproduction model MotorTrend examined, these screens had been surrounded by a wood-grain dashboard with silver accents.

There are simply two bodily buttons on the steering wheel, which resemble the scroll wheels Tesla employs in its automobiles. Which means quite a bit of the controls are routed via the touchscreen. Some folks could not like that, although Tesla has confirmed that it’s not an strategy that may damage gross sales. However the R1T is meant to be simply as succesful off-road as it’s on the freeway or metropolis streets, and tapping a touchscreen whereas rumbling via the woods looks like it may get tough.

It appears like the entire R1T’s exterior storage compartments might be opened via the touchscreen, like the huge entrance trunk, the doorways to the “gear tunnel” that sits between the cab and the mattress, and the tonneau cowl. The primary touchscreen can be the place you’ll have the ability to toggle between the R1T’s suite of drive modes or alter the experience peak.

Through the years, Tesla has type of redefined what “luxurious” means in a contemporary automotive — or on the very least, it has been capable of finding consumers who care extra about know-how and minimalistic design than they do concerning the sorts of conventional luxurious touches discovered in one thing like a Mercedes-Benz. Rivian appears prefer it’s going to attempt to straddle these two worlds a bit with the R1T, with the added complexity of interesting to consumers who wish to use its autos in really tough settings. We gained’t understand how that performs out till the primary clients obtain and begin utilizing their vehicles subsequent month, however MotorTrend appears to have chanced on one doubtlessly dangerous compromise: there are simply two cupholders in the entrance seats.

Back to top button