Rivian will be coming to Europe in the next few years with the R2 and R3 models. Announced and presented last 7 March directly by CEO RJ Scaringe, the two electric crossovers have already created interest among enthusiasts. 

Personal design, high technology and competitive prices are among the main features of this 'European offensive' by Rivian. While we wait to see them live in 2027, we focus on the R3, putting together all the information we have gathered in recent weeks.

Design and dimensions of the Rivian R3

The exact dimensions have not yet been revealed, but the CEO said its wheelbase is 12.7 cm shorter than that of the R2, so it measures about 2.81 m. In principle, this measurement puts the R3 in the same category as the new Kia EV3.

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The rear three quarters of the Rivian R3

In terms of design, Rivian has focused on a retro style, which seems to recall some rally myths, including the Lancia Delta.

The hatchback design enhances the traditional proportions, while the front LED headlights and rear light cluster add a modern touch. The silhouette is that of a compact car, but the bevelled front bumper and black cladding on the sides give it a mini-crossover look.

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Rivian R3

At the rear, the steeply raked rear window merges with a truncated tail. In terms of tyres, the prototype presented by Rivian CEO, Scaringe, is fitted with 235/55 tyres on 20-inch rims.

Autonomy and charging of the Rivian R3

Rivian wants to offer both the R2 and R3 in two battery sizes, with the larger offering an estimated range of over 300 miles. Single, twin and triple engine versions are on the list, with the latter offering a 0-62 mph sprint in around three seconds.

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The Rivian R3 being recharged

The most powerful variant is called R3X, the prototype of which has been previewed by some photos and is characterised by larger wheels and a higher ground clearance.

The R3 is equipped with Tesla's North American Charging Standard (NACS) port, so it is compatible with the now standardised SAE J3400 charging connector. There is no official information on charging speed yet, but it is said that the R3 can go from 10% to 80% in less than 30 minutes.

The interior of the Rivian R3

Rivian said the interior features soft-touch surfaces made of sustainable and durable materials. A large infotainment screen dominates the dashboard, while the steering wheel - similar to that of the R2 - includes integrated scroll wheels with haptic feedback.

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The interior of the Rivian R3

Practicality seems to be another strong point of the R3, with the American crossover featuring an electrically adjustable rear window that allows items to be loaded into the boot without opening the tailgate. 

Rivian R3, prices

The R2 will start at $45,000 (£35,000), so it is estimated that the R3 will be in the $30,000 to $40,000 (£24,000 to £32,000) price range.

It remains to be seen whether these figures will also be confirmed for Europe or whether Rivian will revise its price lists, perhaps offering specific versions for the Old Continent markets.