The R1T starting price isn't set yet. Since the Cybertruck was announced, Rivian has said that the R1T will now have a lower starting price but haven't said what that will be. At a guess, it will most likely to something competitive with the Cybertruck.
I do think the R1T would fit better with New Zealand than the Cybertruck. I'm curious what Tesla will do with their future "Euro friendly" ute.
Still showing "Starting at $69,000*" on https://rivian.com/r1t
No reference to the * on the page.
Regarding NZ. If the GVM comes in over 3500kg that will be a dealbreaker for the cybertruck for many. Who wants to spend $80k+ on a vehicle that can do 0-60MPH in 6.5sec or less, only to have a stream of Nissan Urvan's & Daihatsu Siron's flowing pest them when on 110km/h roads.
Possibility there will be some lobbing done in NZ to have the GVM limit for light vehicles increased by say 500kg. The base electric (FWD) variant of the Kona is 245kg heavier than the base 2.0L petrol FWD, and large vehicles will need roughly double the amount of batteries, hence 500kg...
any heavier vehicles (everything from High spec ford rangers, to the nissan Patrol, to land-cruiser 200's, to the Hiace ZX van are allready close to the 3500kg limit. Basically these vehicles will be extremely unattractive in electric trim without a law change, yet, they have some of the highest fuel consumption, so would be the best for the environment to electrify.
At 3470kg GVM of R1T just squeezes in under the limit (although they had to put an abnormally low payload (for a ute) of 800kg to do that.