Rivian’s R1T electrical 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 acquired to spend a handful of days with the all-electric journey truck, and the staff there got here away impressed by its efficiency. What’s extra, they provide among the best appears on the R1T’s inside, which borrows as a lot from Tesla because it does from different high-end off-road-focused automobiles.
None of that is precisely stunning — Rivian has really been fairly open in regards to the growth of the R1T since its debut, commonly posting its personal articles, pictures, and movies alongside the way in which — 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 vehicles. Which means quite a bit of the controls are routed by the touchscreen. Some folks could not like that, although Tesla has confirmed that it’s not an method that may harm 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 by the woods looks as if it may get difficult.
It appears like the entire R1T’s exterior storage compartments will be opened by the touchscreen, like the large entrance trunk, the doorways to the “gear tunnel” that sits between the cab and the mattress, and the tonneau cowl. The principle touchscreen can also be the place you’ll be capable to toggle between the R1T’s suite of drive modes or alter the journey peak.
Over time, 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 in regards to the sorts of conventional luxurious touches present 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 need to use its automobiles in actually tough settings. We received’t understand how that performs out till the primary prospects obtain and begin utilizing their vans subsequent month, however MotorTrend appears to have discovered one doubtlessly dangerous compromise: there are simply two cupholders within the entrance seats.