As a result of Ford’s $500 million investment into the Michigan start-up, it’s believed the first EV by the Blue Oval’s premium subsidy Lincoln will use a skateboard chassis designed by Rivian – which will be nearly identical to the platform seen on the R1S EUV and R1T pickup, just slightly smaller.
The all-electric Lincoln, codenamed U787, is due in 2022 according to a recent report by Reuters. It will be relatively small in size, perhaps in the crossover class. A larger mid-sized Lincoln EUV is set to follow a year later in 2023.
In regard to Rivian’s two vehicles, both the R1S and R1T share the same platform and battery packs (105kWh, 135kWh and 180kWh) and are set to go on sale this time next year in the US, with prices starting at $72,500 and $69,000 respectively. Europe and Australia are expected to follow in mid-late 2021.
In top spec (with the 180kWh Battery) the R1S manages a seriously impressive 410 miles of range, and the R1T 400, and 0-60 mph takes a supercar-like 3.2 seconds for both. We feel Rivian’s arrival is sure to shake up both the SUV and pickup market, but what do you think? Let us know below!