The Rivian R1T is launching this summer as one of the first entries into the emerging electric pickup segment. As of now, we’ve only seen it in four door crew cab configuration with no word on other body styles. But if a leaked photo is what it looks like, that could be changing. Rivian recently published a story about winter testing on the Stories section of their website, which you can read about here, and an eagle eyed reader noticed something odd and shared on the Rivian Owners Forum. The user, who goes by Wildabeest on the site, pointed out what looks like a Rivian R1T with an extended cab, something that hasn’t been shared by the company.
There’s only one image of this mysterious Rivian R1T, which has a noticeably shorter rear door, indicating it’s an extended cab. We don’t get a great look at the wheelbase, but it seems shorter than separate R1T photos we’ve all seen before. Finally, the bottom of the door is very slim, so these are likely suicide-style doors, as found in most extended cab trucks. If they opened traditionally, there’d be very little room to get in.
Another option is this is a test mule for a future vehicle. Rivian founder RJ Scaringe confirmed an R2 and R3 line of vehicles are coming to slot below the R1T and R1S in terms of price and size, and an R2T mid size pickup is likely in the plans. We doubt a theoretical R2T would have rear doors this small on a crew cab configuration, but if this is a test mule running in a R1T body, it would explain the strange proportions.
No matter what this photo is, Rivian isn’t commenting on it, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t intentionally put out there. Automakers these days love to drop Easter eggs and hints to fans and the press to build up anticipation or excitement for future models, and this could be exactly that for an extended cab Rivian R1T. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information moving forward, but as of now, we have only seen the R1T truck, R1S SUV and Amazon delivery van from Rivian thus far.