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2025 Rivian R1T Debuts As Updated Ford F-150 Lightning Rival

After debuting to tremendous fanfare and demand, EV pickups like the Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 Lightning have since become a bit more mainstream and certainly far easier to acquire – not to mention with discounts in many cases. The R1T was one of the very first all-electric pickups to launch, however, meaning that it was due for a few updates. Now, that’s precisely the case with the recently-revealed 2025 Rivian R1T.

2025 Rivian R1T - Interior 001

The 2025 Rivian R1T doesn’t look much different than its predecessor on the outside, save for a few minor updates that include slightly revamped styling and new wheel and paint color options, paired with new interior themes. However, the EV pickup has been treated to some pretty substantial changes underneath its skin, which start with the addition of a new tri-motor configuration that joins the existing dual- and quad-motor variants. Notably, the latter range-topping model now churns out more power as well – 1,025 horsepower and 1,198 pound-feet of torque, which propels it from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds.

Additionally, customers can opt for a new entry-level lithium iron-phosphate (LFP) standard battery pack delivering 270 miles of range, while the large and max packs have received some updates that result in estimated range figures of up to 330 miles and 420 miles, respectively. The 2025 Rivian R1T has received a number of changes to its electrical architecture as well, which the company says removed around 1.6 miles of wiring and reduces the vehicle’s weight by 44 pounds. New processors reportedly boost the pickup’s computing performance by 10 times, too.

2025 Rivian R1T - Exterior 002 - Front Three Quarters

The 2025 Rivian R1T will continue to do battle with the Ford F-150 Lightning when it launches in the coming months, though the latter model hasn’t received any sort of refresh since its launch for the 2022 model year – just a host of other changes that include a round of price cuts for 2024. As for the second-generation EV F-150, production of that model at the wholly-owned Tennessee Electric Vehicle Center was recently pushed back from 2025 to 2026, too.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Rivian news and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Lustratum

    The updates look awesome! Good to see Rivian still innovating in the space. More competition is always better for us consumers at the end of the day. Can’t let GM, Ford, and Ram get lazy.


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