2026 Rivian R2 Teased For First Time

Kyle Patrick
by Kyle Patrick

The R2 should arrive in the $45,000 to $50,000 range.

So it begins. After confirming a March 7 reveal, Rivian on Thursday teased the smaller R2 for the first time. The EV mid-sizer will lead the brand's expansion into the global market, at a more approachable price point than the existing R1S and R1T.

Not that this shadowy 30-second teaser gives us much to go on. All we see here is the headlight signature, which is all but identical to the current Rivan models. That's no surprise: the look is instantly distinctive, so keeping the "Stadium Lights" is a smart play. We've brightened the image above, but all that shows is the faintest hint of a shut line in the bumper.

Company CEO RJ Scaringe has suggested the new model will come in between $45,000 and $50,000 in the US when it debuts. That drops the sophomore model lineup into a thick group of competitors, including the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and of course, the Tesla Model Y.

In preparation for the new model, Rivian is investing $5 billion on a new manufacturing plant in Georgia.

Want more details on the R2? Expect at least some on that big March 7 reveal, which will be livestreamed on Rivian's website.

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Kyle Patrick
Kyle Patrick

Kyle began his automotive obsession before he even started school, courtesy of a remote control Porsche and various LEGO sets. He later studied advertising and graphic design at Humber College, which led him to writing about cars (both real and digital). He is now a proud member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), where he was the Journalist of the Year runner-up for 2021.

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