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That reminds me... Tesla just came out with the Model Y. It targets a crowd similar to the Evoque's, if it was an EV or hybrid. If Rivian doesn't jump at this opportunity in the next 1-2 years i'll be surprised.
 

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What about a larger SUV? Or a small one - like a FJ Cruiser.
Or what about something like a Ford Raptor?
Great suggestion St00k! We might have taken it a little overboard but this should work. This Rivian 6x6 Off-Road Super Duty is more than capable for any terrain you throw at it.

Some of the "dream" specs would include a uniquely shaped frontal bull bar to provide added protection along the grill and headlights, roofline CREE led lights, overfenders, modified suspension with increased ground clearance, off road tires, custom forged wheels mounted on 8 lug hubs, 6 pot brake calipers all around and sail pillars to increase torsional rigidity.





To counter the increased mass from the additional axle and other reinforcing components, an extra battery would be added beneath the bed liner.



While this Rivian 6x6 Off Road may remain just a render, there is still a possiblity that a celebrity can have a one off built to to spec in the near future.

If Rivian ever built this how much would it go for?
 

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Great suggestion St00k! We might have taken it a little overboard but this should work. This Rivian 6x6 Off-Road Super Duty is more than capable for any terrain you throw at it.

Some of the "dream" specs would include a uniquely shaped frontal bull bar to provide added protection along the grill and headlights, roofline CREE led lights, overfenders, modified suspension with increased ground clearance, off road tires, custom forged wheels mounted on 8 lug hubs, 6 pot brake calipers all around and sail pillars to increase torsional rigidity.





To counter the increased mass from the additional axle and other reinforcing components, an extra battery would be added beneath the bed liner.



While this Rivian 6x6 Off Road may remain just a render, there is still a possiblity that a celebrity can have a one off built to to spec in the near future.

If Rivian ever built this how much would it go for?
Whoever builds it shouldn't have a hard time securing deposits from serious buyers. Even when spec'd exactly like a G-Class 6x6 with the portal axles, beadlock wheels and everything that render was trying to achieve.

As for pricing. from $200,000 seems reasonable before beadlock wheels, etc.
 

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Whoever builds it shouldn't have a hard time securing deposits from serious buyers. Even when spec'd exactly like a G-Class 6x6 with the portal axles, beadlock wheels and everything that render was trying to achieve.

As for pricing. from $200,000 seems reasonable before beadlock wheels, etc.
For comparision...
  • 2019 Ford Raptor: $53,000
  • Hennessey VelociRaptor 6x6: $350,000

Minus Hennessey's performance add-on's and just sticking to a base Raptor w/ 6x6 upfitting and I think you are close. Rivian did say they used "very common" pickup parts, so that should mean less barriers to making a 6x6 happen.

"The VelociRaptor 6X6 concept starts at $349,000 and includes the base 2017 – 2019 Raptor 4-door truck, 6X6 locking rear axles, upgraded Fox suspension, upgraded 20-inch wheels and off-road tires, special front and rear bumpers, rollbar and LED lights. Also includes the VelociRaptor 600 twin turbo upgrade for the 6X6 for more power and performance. The 600+ HP upgrade includes upgraded twin turbochargers, stainless steel exhaust modifications, upgraded front mounted air to air intercooler and plumbing and re-tuned factory computer. Other optional upgrades include: Brembo front & rear brake upgrade, larger wheels and tires, LED lighting upgrades, bespoke interiors, electronic upgrades and armoring systems will also available.

“Our VelociRaptor 6X6 is pure aggression on wheels – all six of them”, said Hennessey. “The new Ford Raptor is going to be one of the best all-around trucks ever built. We are excited to help take it to the next level both in terms of performance and exclusivity”. The Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 can be ordered directly from Hennessey Performance or through select Hennessey / Ford dealers."
 

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I would like to see how Brabus can take that 6 wheeler a step further like they did to the Tesla Model S and the G63 6x6. Mansory was another one that got involved too. My guess is it'll add another $50,000-100,000 to the already high guesstimated $200,000 price that @eHauler mentioned.
 

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Someone finally created a Cybertruck 6x6 design mock up.

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I think it looks great, does a great job of building on the original design and MIGHT actually inspire the creation of a real life version.

However, as someone that can't get away from traditional pickup design, the R1T 6x6 is my pick.
 

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Its true, a sedan wouldn't work.
Just like how a sedan from Jeep wouldn't either. Instead, Rivian is better off leaving it up to a more appropriate brand. But of course, its not like a sedan was in the books to begin with.
 

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As we get closer to the most important moment for Rivian, some insight on what to expect from them was covered on a GM blog post:

Rivian is aiming to ramp up its first round of production later this year, with plans to build a number of different products, both under the Rivian brand and for other companies as well. This includes a new SUV for GM’s crosstown rival, Ford, as well as a fleet of delivery vans for Amazon. Now, new production details on the various Rivian EV products are coming to light.
Production will take place at Rivian’s manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois, which the company purchased from Mitsubishi in 2017 for $16 million. The plant was subsequently reconfigured and expanded in order to accommodate the upcoming line of Rivian EV products.

Rivian R1T
Every Rivian EV prototype produced thus far has come from Rivian’s Engineering and Design Center in Plymouth, Michigan. Rivian’s first pilot-build vehicles slated for production at the Illinois facility will kick off in Q3 of 2020. Full production of Rivian’s R1T electric pickup will begin in December, while the Rivian R1S electric SUV will hit production three months later.

Rivian Skateboard Chassis
The Rivian EV factory will dedicate a production line to production of the company’s underlying “skateboard chassis,” which will carry over to all Rivian products, including those for Ford and Amazon. The skateboard chassis includes the batteries, electric motors, and suspension pieces, on top of which the vehicle body is then placed. The factory will also dedicate a line towards the production of EV battery packs.
With Rivian handling the underlying chassis, Ford is developing its own “top hat” body for its luxury upcoming all-electric SUV, which is believed to be a forthcoming Lincoln product.
The plant will have two final assembly lines, one of which will be for high-content products like those for Ford and Rivian, and the other of which will handle the low-content Amazon delivery vans.

The upcoming Rivian EV R1T pickup is seen as a competitor for the new Tesla Cybertruck, as well as Ford’s upcoming all-electric F-150, and GM’s new electric pickup as well.
GM was previously in talks with Rivian about becoming a minority stakeholder in the company, but according to reports, negotiations eventually broke down over Rivian’s insistence on licensing technology to other automakers.
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