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Pirelli making specialized Scorpion tires for Rivian R1T, R1S

Pirelli and Rivian spent nearly two years developing the tires.

Photo courtesy of Pirelli

Silence is one of the hallmarks of an all-electric powertrain. If Pirelli has its way, it will also be a hallmark of the tires wrapped around the wheels of the Rivian R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV. The first models in the Rivian lineup are expected to roll off the line soon.

Pirelli has developed special versions of its Scorpion Verde All Season, Scorpion Zero All Season, and Scorpion All Terrain tires to meet Rivian's needs. Pirelli and Rivian co-developed these products over a nearly two-year timespan, which resulted in three tires making the final cut. Measuring 20, 21, and 22 inches the tires offer buyers the ability to customize their Rivian for their needs. The Scorpion Verde All Season in 21 inches have a tire size that is unique in the world, and introduced in the industry by Pirelli specifically for Rivian: 275 55R21.

Rivian R1S, R1S tire Pirelli ScorpionThere are three tires for buyers to choose from for their Rivian vehicle.Photo courtesy of Pirelli

These fall into line with the tire company's Pirelli Perfect Fit strategy and carry two special markings on the shoulder: RIV and Elect. The "Elect" is a marking that identifies that the tires were developed for electric vehicles. These tires have technical characteristics that maximize a vehicle's range. They also offer improved traction in line with the intense torque demands of an electric vehicle's transmission. Unlike in a traditionally powertrain-ed vehicle, electric vehicles offer instant maximum torque off the line with the accelerator pushed down.

Some of the tires Pirelli is designating for the Rivian vehicle's have low rolling resistance and are designed to optimize fuel economy. That's great on dry, straight roads. However, these tires aren't traditionally well-performing in snow and ice, or in off-roading situations.

The Scorpion Verde All Season is Pirelli's eco-friendly all-season tire developed for the drivers of crossovers, sport utility vehicles, and pickups. Buyers of crossovers, SUVs, and performance pickup trucks looking for a combination of high-performance capability and all-season utility will want Scorpion Zero All Season tires on their Rivian. Opting for the Scorpion All Terrain Plus will give adventure-minded R1T and R1S owners the durability, traction, and wear resistance they're seeking for driving off-road.

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The Ascent got updated styling and fresh tech.

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Subaru's lineup is full of useful, adventure-ready vehicles, but most are not accommodating for full-size families. The Ascent solved that issue for the automaker a few years ago, and has been a popular family option since. It got a mild update for 2023 with a facelift and new tech. The Ascent comes in five trims: Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring. It's expected to go on sale in fall 2022.

The Subaru comes with a new front fascia design that adds a new grille and aggressive styling up front. Lower air ducts help improve aerodynamics, and in higher trims the components come with chrome trim. The SUV's C-shaped taillights got a refresh as well, and now feature a sharper shape to better match the vehicle's overall styling.

2023 Subaru AscentThe new front fascia design is more aggressive than before. Subaru

The Ascent's powertrain remains in place, which is a turbocharged 2.54-liter four-cylinder making 260 horsepower. It sends power to all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission that offers a simulated eight-speed manual shifting mode. Subaru's X-Mode driving mode comes standard, which alters throttle response and other vehicle behavior to maintain traction in slippery conditions. Torque vectoring, which allows the vehicle to shift torque between wheels that need it most, also comes standard.

A new Onyx Edition trim joins the Ascent line for 2022. It brings a standard 11.6-inch touchscreen with navigation, a Harman Kardon sound system, power seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The base Ascent comes with features such as 18-inch wheels, USB inputs, tri-zone automatic climate controls, three rows of seating, and a whopping 19 cupholders. Subaru also offers an optional Cabin Connect system, which allows the driver or front passenger to communicate to people behind them through the stereo using a front-cabin-mounted microphone.

2023 Subaru AscentThe Ascent's interior is available with great tech, such as an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Subaru

Subaru EyeSight safety equipment comes standard with every Ascent. The system is improved for 2023 with a wider field of vision and new software. A new wide-angle camera joins EyeSight's existing two-camera setup to provide better pedestrian and cyclist detection when approaching intersections. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane change assist are available.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

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Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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