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Rivian Unveils New Electric SUVs: R2, R3, and R3X – Off-Road.com

Rivian sent shockwaves through the electric vehicle world yesterday, unveiling not one, but three new additions to their lineup. The highly anticipated R2 SUV took center stage, promising a blend of adventure-ready capability and eco-friendly exploration at a starting MSRP of $45,000. But the real surprise came in the form of the R3 and R3X, two unexpected compact SUVs hinting at Rivian’s potential foray into a sportier market.

The new Rivian R2 is seen from the rear, sliding through dirt
The R2 SUV will feature a drop-down rear window integrated into its tailgate.

R2: Off-Road Adventure Goes Electric (Available Early 2026)

The R2 takes clear design inspiration from its larger R1S sibling, offering a rugged aesthetic built for off-road enthusiasts. Built on a new platform employing a structural battery pack, now using large 4695 cells, the R2 is planned as a five-passenger tw0-row SUV. Expect single-, double-, and triple-motor setups with 0-60 times as low as 3.0 seconds, and range topping out around 300 miles. One nice quality of life feature unique to the R2 is a drop-down rear window integrated into the tailgate, something Toyota 4Runner owners have enjoyed for years. Reservations for the R2 are now open on Rivian’s websitewith deliveries slated for early 2026, and judging by the responses on RivianOwnersForum.com, the waitlist for R2 is bound to be substantial.

Rivian Goes Rogue? R3 and R3X Spark Curiosity

In a true “one more thing” moment, CEO RJ Scaringe introduced the R3 and R3X. These smaller, sleeker SUVs mark a departure from Rivian’s traditional design language. The R3 looks like a hot hatch on steroids, with a lower stance and sporty design cues. The R3X takes things a step further, possibly hinting at a performance variant with rally-inspired features. Both models are based on a shortened version of the R2’s new platform.

While specifics on powertrains and features are scarce for both the R3 and R3X, speculation is running wild, but with its triple-motor setup the R3X is clearly Rivian’s answer to the growing electric performance market. We’ll have to wait for further details, but these surprise additions suggest Rivian is setting its sights on a broader audience.

The Rivian R3X seen in profile parked on grass
The R3X blurs the line between rugged off-roader and hot hatch.

Rivian’s Aggressive Expansion Electrifies the Future

One thing’s for sure: Rivian’s aggressive expansion is designed to reestablish the brand’s reputation as leaders in the EV transition. The R2 solidifies their position in the off-road adventure segment, while the R3 and R3X open doors to exciting new possibilities. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer, a curious commuter, or a fan of electric performance, Rivian is working to offer something to pique your interest. Stay tuned to RivianOwnersForum.com for further details on these exciting new electric SUVs as they become available.

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