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Rivian R3X Retro-Styled Crossover is Serving Group-B Rally Car Vibes


It turns out the future is not going to be all about massive electric trucks like the Tesla Cybertruck, as Rivian has just lifted the lid on two new model lines, the R2 and R3. Underpinned by a new midsize platform, they’ll usher in the future of the brand as it expands its range beyond the R1S and R1T.

The trio of new SUVs (R2, R3 and R3X) should have a variety of battery and motor configurations but the focus appears to be on practicality while also enabling them to shift focus away from the first Rivian product in terms of its intended usage.

However, it’s the retro-styled R3X that caught our eye as Rivian has tried to pay homage to Rally royalty like the Audi Quattro and the Lancia Delta Integrale.

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The proportions are spot on with shorter overhangs and wheelbase while the roof-mounted spoiler gives us Group B Rally car vibes. The rear hatch glass can be lifted independently, while a closer look reveals clever detailing being sprinkled across the car. Compared to the standard R3, the R3X has more ground clearance and thicker cladding plus those gorgeous wheels are the icing on top of the cake.

Inside, you get a classic design for the seats and beige upholstery fits right in with the retro rally theme. Of course, the dashboard architecture is typical Rivian with a minimalistic layout by way of a large touchscreen that controls everything.

The R3X is being billed as the ‘fun’ variant of the R3, hence, expect powerful dual-motors to provide propulsion (maybe even tri motors) and straight-line speed to match the looks with a possible 0-100 km/h time of under four seconds to match the top-of-the-range Rivian R1S. We’d also like to see at least 300 miles of range to get us to the offroad tracks this car needs.

Most importantly, Rivian says that it will indeed build this, although when remains a mystery.

The bigger R2 will first come in 2026 with a targeted price of $45,000, while the standard R3 will be priced below this model. It’s safe to assume then, that the launch of the R3X would follow a year or two later with a price in the $40,000-60,000 range. However, this will be confirmed by the brand closer to release. Refreshing to see carmakers paying tribute to the icons that we love albeit in an interesting new avatar.

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