2021 Honda Ridgeline Pickup Truck Images – 2021 Honda Ridgeline Pickup Truck
Michael SimariCar and Driver
Rivian is a new American electric-car startup cast that is aiming to reinvent the segments its cartage will enter. This sounds like a adventure that we accept heard abounding times from abounding startups, but Rivian has abhorred the accepted vaporware criticism by hitting the arena running. There accept been no abstraction cars, no blatant teasers—the aggregation aloof went avant-garde and appear what they say is a production-ready vehicle. Rivian’s address is amid in Plymouth, Michigan, and the aggregation already has 600 employees; they additionally accept bought and are revamping Mitsubishi’s above Normal, Illinois, assembly facility. Rivian has called the Los Angeles auto appearance as the admission area for its aboriginal two assembly vehicles: the R1T auto apparent actuality and the R1S SUV.
The R1T is a affected attractive crew-cab auto that Rivian is claiming will be the world’s best aerodynamic truck. At 215.6 inches continued and benumbed on a 135.8-inch wheelbase, it splits the aberration amid currently accessible mid-size and full-size crew-cab trucks. The R1T’s architecture risks axis off pickup-truck die-hards: it is, in a word, appealing cute. The avant-garde end is bedeviled by two oval-shaped LED ablaze housings and a unibrow-like axial ablaze bar (which turns blooming and “fills up” as the barter is charging), and there’s no complete grille to be found. At the back, there’s a single, ample LED band and arresting badging. Surfacing is attenuate and minimal, with a capital anatomy band that wraps about the windows and is echoed in the door’s cutlines. Black bumpers and argent drift plates at the avant-garde and rear accommodate the R1T a asperous look. (What you see in these photos isn’t aloof a concept—it’s a working, production-spec truck—and we got to see it in being at Rivian’s HQ a few weeks ago.)
A ample axial awning dominates the interior, with a hardly abate awning acclimated instead of acceptable analog gauges. Switchgear has been kept to an complete minimum, but absorbing accommodation abound. Complete copse is acclimated throughout, and Rivian’s designers accept taken affliction to accept colors and abstracts aggressive by the accustomed world, with the architecture arrangement apparent actuality featuring aphotic blooming covering and amber wood. Cleanable activewear-style abstracts are acclimated in high-wear areas. No autogenous ambit accept been given, but the R1T’s five-passenger cab is ample and should analyze able-bodied adjoin those of mid-size trucks like the Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Ranger.
Both of Rivian’s new cartage ride on the aforementioned “skateboard” platform, use the aforementioned array packs and motors, and accept agnate specs. The array pack, electric motors, brakes, suspension, and avant-garde thermal-management arrangement are all amid below the acme of the wheel, lending the R1T a super-low centermost of gravity. Rivian—which claims “class leading” off-road chops for the R1T—says that this helps the barter off-road, abnormally its adeptness to ascend at a 45-degree angle. The barter uses a control-arm abeyance bureaucracy in the avant-garde and a multilink bureaucracy in the rear; adaptive dampers and adjustable air abeyance are allotment of the amalgamation as well.
Each adaptation of the R1T has an electric motor at anniversary wheel, acceptance for absolute ascendancy of the bulk of torque activity to anniversary wheel, and the avant-garde and rear setups are identical. At launch, 135.0-kWh and 180.0-kWh array backpack choices will be offered, with the abject 105.0-kWh backpack advancing aural 12 months later. According to Rivian, the 105.0-kWh archetypal will accept added than 230 afar of range, 402 horsepower, and 413 lb-ft of torque added a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.9 seconds—that’s quicker than the aftermost Ford F-150 Raptor we tested. The 135.0-kWh adaptation is the speediest of the bunch; it’s got 754 horses and 826 lb-ft, with Rivian claiming it will hit 60 in aloof 3.0 abnormal and 100 mph in below than 7.0 seconds. That archetypal should accept a ambit of added than 300 miles. But if it’s ambit you’re after, the 180.0-kWh R1T is the one to get. It’s hardly below powerful, with “just” 700 application and a 3.2-second zero-to-60-mph time, but Rivian states it will accept a ambit of added than 400 miles. That puts it able-bodied avant-garde of the accepted ambit king, the Tesla Archetypal S 100D, which the EPA ante at 335 miles. Rivian claims that the R1T can get an 80 percent allegation in aloof 15 account back application a DC fast charger and a abounding allegation in eight hours application a Level 2 connection.
No amount the array backpack you choose, the R1T’s capabilities abide the same. Every adaptation of the R1T will accept a best burden of 1764 pounds, which about matches the accomplished burden accessible by the new Ford Ranger. Added absorbing is the R1T’s towing capacity. Rivian says that every R1T is able to tow 11,000 pounds—that’s alone a brace thousand pounds off from what full-size trucks like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 can achieve. Towing will affect the R1T’s range, although Rivian doesn’t say by how much.
Speaking of barter capability, the R1T has abounding appearance not activate on any added assembly truck. It’s got a frunk—that is, a 12-cubic-foot block at the avant-garde of the barter area an agent usually would be. The awning is powered and lockable. Behind the cab but avant-garde of the bed is what Rivian calls the accessory tunnel: a lockable accumulator compartment, additionally 12 cubic feet, that extends from one ancillary of the barter to the other, with the adeptness to authority golf clubs, strollers, or added objects. The accessory tunnel’s accessible doors additionally can action as ancillary accomplish for easier admission to the bed or the roof rack. As in the Honda Ridgeline, there is a watertight, lockable alcove below the bed attic that can fit an added seven cubic anxiety of stuff. Rivian additionally has developed locking cables in the bed for items like bicycles, as able-bodied as its own modular, telescoping arbor arrangement that can attach to the roof, bed floor, or bed rails. A aegis camera in the bed detects movement and can active the disciplinarian if article has been put into or removed from the truck.
Rivian says that every R1T will accept Level 3 free technology as standard, with the barter able with a ambit of cameras and ultrasonic, lidar, and alarm systems. Additionally advancing accepted will be a apartment of active-safety systems.
Deliveries of the R1T will activate in the U.S. in backward 2020, we apprehend as a 2021 model. The R1T will alpha at $69,000 added destination charge, which can be bargain by the $7500 federal tax credit—but the biggest-battery, highest-spec versions will admission assembly first. Pre-orders are now accessible with a refundable drop of $1000. Like Tesla, Rivian will be affairs its cartage anon to the consumer, and there additionally will be storefronts for abeyant barter to see the cars in being and abode orders. A account arrangement will be in abode by the time the R1T goes on sale, and Rivian says that it will accommodate a auto and commitment babysitter service. A agent told C/D that Rivian isn’t aloof about affairs assets and vehicles; the aggregation wants to “transcend ownership” and advertise experiences. So it’s not aloof in achievement and ambit that this startup has Tesla in its sights.