With that being said, is anyone surprised that Rivian offered an update on the development status for the more affordable R2 platform during the earnings call? Back then, officials said the R2 models would be presented early next year, and deliveries might start in 2025 and 2026, respectively – with the company mainly betting on great software and better vertical integration to make the upcoming R2 platform cost-effective.
Basically, what Rivian is trying to say is that they want to assault both the market for affordable EV pickup trucks and also the section of capable yet not-so-expensive compact electric SUVs with the R2T and R2S. Of course, that attracted a lot of attention all around the world – and even across some parallel universes. For example, the imaginative realm of digital car content creators is always eager to make these visions come true – even if only virtually.
Among them, the good folks behind the Halo oto channel on YouTube always provide fresh automotive info that is corroborated with their virtual designs; now, there are many new CGI takes on the Rivian R2S compact EV sport utility vehicle. According to their unofficial design vision, Rivian might adopt a streamlined styling for the smaller SUV, as opposed to the boxier treatment bestowed upon the R1S. Additionally, the lighting signature is much more conventional than anyone would expect.
Of course, we always need to remember these are just hypothetical depictions of a model that is only known to a handful of people within the Rivian ranks. So, do take all this with a healthy dose of salt – but also enjoy the ritzier exterior shade propositions, such as the purple or light blue hues. And, in the end, let's vote: do we give this unofficial Rivian R2S attempt our CGI hall pass or not?
Rivian's modular skateboard architecture, the off-road ethos exhibited by the larger siblings, and the powerful and range-wise powertrains are certainly working in its favor. On the other hand, do we really want a Rivian CGI-designed like any run-of-the-mill, cheap electric SUV from China?