The 2025 Rivian R2 arrives faster and almost as cheap as the Tesla Model Y.

The American company Rivian is extending its lineup with the introduction of a smaller model: the R2, a 4,715 mm long SUV intended to fight against the highly popular Tesla Model Y in category D. Rivian had been manufacturing just the full-size R1S off-roader and the R1T pickup for years. Your primary justification for winning? A $45,000 target starting price.

2025 Rivian R2

In terms of appearance, the Rivian R2 is similar to a scaled-down R1S in that it has the same distinctive lighting signature. The recessed door handles, the black pillars (apart from the C), and the horizontally shaped hood are also features shared by its older sibling; they are nearly identical.

The cabin has a landscape-format touch screen and digital instruments without a visor, giving it a minimalistic appearance. There are now two glove boxes, per client requests. An additional feature is the panoramic roof. Long items, like surfboards, may be transported with the back window concealed in the tailboard.

It is simpler to camp inside the automobile because the first and second-row seats are foldable. Rivian, like its competitor, Subaru, is an outdoor brand, so extras like a roof-top tent or a portable kitchen that can be hooked up to the back outlets will be available later.

The Rivian R2 will be sold later in the European market.

There will be one, two, and three engine options. Its highest performance model is expected to be quicker than the Tesla Model Y Performance, reaching 0-60 mph (0-96.6 km/h) in “much less than 3 seconds”. Because structural batteries with 4695 cells are used, the autonomy will be more than 300 miles (483 km) EPA throughout the range.

2025 Rivian R2

It will include a NACS socket—the Tesla standard—for rapid charging, just as the great majority of current generation electric vehicles offered in the US market. However, it will also come with a CCS1 adaptor. The business claims it may increase from 10% to 80% in less than half an hour.

It will have 11 cameras and five radars installed for security purposes, enabling level 3 semi-autonomous driving—also known as “hands-free” driving. Assuming no delays, the first delivery won’t happen until the first half of 2026, even though orders are now being accepted. It will initially be sold in Europe as well.

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