As we know it, the electric revolution is still in its early stages, and some parts of the automotive market haven’t received enough attention. Among them, SUVs with three rows of seats are an example. The 2024 Rivian R1S is a member of the competition in this field and has also demonstrated obvious all-round capabilities. The top version of it equipped with four-wheel drive shows us an amazing performance. According to our test, it only takes 3.1 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph (ca. 97 kilometers per hour).
What’s even more valuable is that it can also comfortably provide a premium interior travel experience for seven passengers. Its road handling capabilities benefit from its size, making it both nimble and stable, although it can be a bit stiff and unstable on rough roads. Once off the beaten track, however, the Rivian R1Sis just as capable as its R1T pickup brother, with its standard air suspension providing up to 15 inches (ca. 38 centimeters) of ground clearance.
The four-wheel-drive Rivian R1S is equipped with an electric motor on each tire, allowing the SUV to maximize grip no matter what surface it is on. And it has more grip than its closest competitor, the Tesla Model X. For being good at off-road driving. Although the body is relatively boxy, the multiple battery options still provide good driving range, with the standard battery providing an estimated range of 260 miles (ca. 418 kilometers) per charge.
If you upgrade the combustion package, the range can be increased to 352 miles (ca. 566 kilometers), with the maximum combustion package rated for up to 400 miles (ca. 644 kilometers).
The 2024 Rivian R1S is expected that there will be no major changes to the Rivian R1S for the 2024 model year. However, Rivian doesn’t follow the usual pattern of updating vehicles by model year, so it’s pricing and features may change a bit throughout the year.
Besides the new battery pack, Rivian also plans to launch a “standard battery pack” next year. If the new battery pack can cost less than the standard battery pack, then this will bring greater benefits to the company. Rivian has announced that it will use standard battery packs on next year’s R1S and R1T models, lowering the vehicle’s starting price to around $70,000.
McDonough said the standard battery pack will “open up a larger consumer market for the R1 series of vehicles, including the R1T and R1S.” Lowering the starting price of the vehicle to less than $70,000 is undoubtedly good news for consumers interested in purchasing Rivian cars. If you add in the $7,500 federal tax credit, you might even buy an 2024 Rivian R1S or R1T for $60,000.
The Rivian R1S shares its battery pack, Powertrain, most exterior design, and many specifications with its R1T pickup truck sibling. The standard power system is a dual-motor configuration, which can provide a total horsepower of 600, and has standard four-wheel drive. The AWD-equipped Rivian R1S performed very well at our test track, sprinting to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. This enhanced Powertrain puts an electric motor in each wheel of the R1S, providing compelling all-wheel drive and off-road capabilities.
All models are equipped with adjustable air spring suspension, and the vehicle’s ground clearance can be adjusted from 8 inches (ca. 20 centimeters) to 15.0 feet. In our testing, we found that the R1S’s control response seemed a bit inconsistent, and its driving control was not good. Sometimes it was too floaty, and sometimes it oscillated strangely back and forth. But the R1T pickup performs better in these areas, so we believe this chassis can be tuned better.
Rivian offers three different battery options for the 2024 Rivian R1S, with the entry-level offering a Rivian-estimated 260-mile driving range and only the base dual-motor Powertrain.
The optional large battery pack increases that number to an EPA-estimated 352 miles (ca. 566 kilometers) per charge, while the EPA sets the maximum battery pack at a bit more than 400 miles (ca. 644 kilometers) per charge. The EPA rates only models with the big-battery AWD system for a driving range of 321 miles (ca. 517 kilometers). In our testing, the R1S with its big battery and all-wheel-drive system could only travel 230 miles (ca. 370 kilometers) on the road before needing another charge.
Like the R1T, the 2024 Rivian R1S has an elegantly designed interior that blends modern styling with premium leather, wood trim and two large screens, one for the infotainment system and the other for the driver’s instrument display. The 12-cubic-foot front cargo box, spacious rear cargo box, separated rear and third-row parking space jointly increase the practicality of R1S.
Although its interior space is slightly smaller than that of the Chevrolet Suburban, the 2024 Rivian R1S still provides enough space for a family, while its third-row seats can also be used as seating for occasional guests. When the second- and third-row seats are folded, the R1S’s cargo capacity is fully utilized, thanks to its flat load floor.
This landscape-mounted 15.6-inch infotainment system uses small expandable cubes to display functions individually, with the main functions (navigation, media, and climate control) appearing at all times at the bottom of the display. This system reduces complexity by sliding options out of the side of a small square rather than digging into submenus. While Apple CarPlay or Android Auto aren’t available, an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant are all standard features.