#### Scott

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My understanding is that when you configure the R1S as a 5 seater, the cargo area floor is 3 inches lower, increasing cargo area volume by those 3 inches. In reality, my guess is the number of times I will use those 3 inches in a meaningful manner is nearly 0. How often do I have cargo pressed against the ceiling of my SUV? I can't think of any time that has happened in 10 years.

Given that, and given the the following 3 assumptions, can you think of any reason to order the 5 seat version? I don't need 7 seats (family of 3), and all things being equal extra cargo volume is better. But most cars that have options for 5 vs 7 seats have an up charge for that third row. Rivian throws it in for free, and I am assuming having 7 seats will increase resale value as it will make it so larger families would be in the market for that used car.

Ok, here are my 3 assumptions:

* both the 5 and 7 seat versions will allow the area behind the first row to be fully flat

* the 5 seat version does not provide the option for a full size spare (which really should be available in an off road geared vehicle)

* the 5 seat version will not have an option for a bigger battery that requires the use of that extra space. (putting it in other words: battery options will be the same across the 5 and 7 seat versions)

Given that, and given the the following 3 assumptions, can you think of any reason to order the 5 seat version? I don't need 7 seats (family of 3), and all things being equal extra cargo volume is better. But most cars that have options for 5 vs 7 seats have an up charge for that third row. Rivian throws it in for free, and I am assuming having 7 seats will increase resale value as it will make it so larger families would be in the market for that used car.

Ok, here are my 3 assumptions:

* both the 5 and 7 seat versions will allow the area behind the first row to be fully flat

* the 5 seat version does not provide the option for a full size spare (which really should be available in an off road geared vehicle)

* the 5 seat version will not have an option for a bigger battery that requires the use of that extra space. (putting it in other words: battery options will be the same across the 5 and 7 seat versions)

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