WHAT IT IS: Regardless of #vanlife utterly dominating our Instagram algorithms for a spell, no automaker has but delivered a factory-ready overlanding camper van. That’ll change with the discharge of the Rivian Journey Van, which our artist’s illustration brings to life. Principally conceived because the progeny of a Rivian R1T and a Sportsmobile Ford Econoline, the Rivian Journey Van (the title might change; R1V has a pleasant ring to it, no?) goals to reside as much as Rivian’s philosophy of “holding the world adventurous ceaselessly.” The Journey Van will probably be an R1-based electrical off-roader, with intelligent options like Rivian’s camp kitchen, and sure the power to transform its seats into beds—permitting for days of off-the-grid residing.
WHY IT MATTERS: With most automakers simply now waking as much as the amount of cash to be made by investing within the overland craze, the Rivian Journey Van would take issues a step additional by creating the one OEM off-road-capable journey van available on the market. The Journey Van would harken again to the times when you possibly can roll into your native Volkswagen or Toyota supplier and depart with a Westfalia or Chinook.
PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: Though Rivian might conceivably construct the Journey Van from its commercial-oriented Prime Van or RCV, we consider it will as an alternative use the extra off-road-capable platform beneath the R1T pickup and R1S SUV. Arduous particulars from our sources are scarce, because it’s nonetheless early days for the Journey Van, however we consider will probably be out there with a number of battery and motor choices and are available normal with the corporate’s trick hydropneumatic suspension. We suspect each dual- and quad-motor powertrains will probably be out there, with as a lot as 1,200 hp and 1,200 lb-ft on faucet, and Rivian’s 180-kWh Max battery pack.
ESTIMATED PRICE: $125,000
EXPECTED ON-SALE DATE: This autumn 2025 on the earliest—Rivian has loads of irons within the hearth; the area of interest Journey Van is probably going a decrease precedence.