America's New 300-Mile Electric SUV Comes From An Unlikely Place

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It's being designed by Pininfarina, so it should look stunning.

There's a good chance you've never heard of VinFast. Based in Vietnam, the startup manufacturer showed off its first two models at the 2018 Paris Motor Show: the LUX A2.0 sedan and the LUX SA2.0 SUV, which are based on the BMW 5 Series and BMW X5.

Vietnam's first mass-produced cars are powered by a BMW-sourced 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission producing 173 and 227 horsepower and boast attractive designs that were styled by the legendary design house Italdesign. Now, VinFast is ready to expand its lineup with its first fully electric model as soon as next year, with the US its primary market.

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That's according to Reuters, who received a statement of intent from VinFast. The manufacturer also confirmed the battery cells will be manufactured by South Korea's LG Chem. VinFast will present its first electric model, which is expected to be a crossover since the US is its target market, at the 2020 LA Auto Show this November, providing the show isn't canceled like the 2020 New York and Detroit Auto Shows. The plan is to launch a test program in January 2021 before putting the electric crossover into production by July 2021.

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This means it will most likely go on sale for the 2022 model year in the US. It's also being designed by Italian design house Pininfarina, so it should look stunning. As for technical specifications, VinFast claims the electric crossover will offer up to 500 kilometers (310 miles) of range on a single charge. No name has been confirmed for the Vietnamese manufacturer's first EV, but we're hoping it's more memorable than the LUX A2.0 and LUX SA2.0.

VinFast is already firmly established in Vietnam. In the first quarter of this year, the company sold 5,124 cars in the local market, putting it in fifth place in Vietnam's best-selling car companies and ahead of more established brands such as Mitsubishi, Mazda, and Ford.

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Source Credits: Reuters

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