Rivian beat decades-old carmakers and startups alike to the electrical pickup phase when it launched the R1T in 2021. The phase has gotten crowded since, and the younger model will reportedly hearth again on the competitors by launching a range-topping mannequin known as Ascent.
Needless to say none of that is official. Citing “a strong supply,” a member of fanatic discussion board Rivian Boards who goes by the person title LarryDallas wrote that one of many new merchandise in Rivian’s pipeline is a up to date model of the R1T known as Ascent. We’re guessing that is the truck’s inside designation; Subaru might need some less-than-kind phrases for Rivian if the designation finally ends up on the manufacturing mannequin.
The person reportedly realized that the Ascent will ship with a dual-motor drivetrain able to delivering over 1,000 horsepower. That is each spectacular and a little bit uncommon: Because it stands, probably the most highly effective member of the R1T vary develops 835 horsepower from 4 electrical motors (one per wheel), and probably the most highly effective dual-motor model posts an output of 700 horsepower. Regardless, the identical report claims that the Ascent packs a lot energy that early prototypes popped wheelies throughout testing. Rivian is allegedly making modifications to mitigate that.
Visible modifications will set the Ascent aside from different members of the R1T lineup, in line with the person, and designers will hone the truck’s aerodynamic profile as properly. It is cheap to invest that modifications to the suspension and brakes will likely be a part of the bundle as properly.
If the report is correct, the Rivian R1T Ascent will make its debut in some unspecified time in the future in 2024 and sure go on sale as a 2025 mannequin. Rivian hasn’t commented on the report, nonetheless, and it hasn’t introduced plans to launch a extra highly effective evolution of the truck. As of writing, the one little bit of future product-related info that the model has confirmed is a second, smaller mannequin known as R2 and tentatively due out in 2026.