Range And Performance Of US-Bound VinFast VF 6 and VF 7 Revealed

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Here's what you can expect from the sleek Vietnamese duo when they arrive in America.

VinFast has announced technical data and specifications for the all-electric VF 6 and VF 7 that will soon be available in the United States.

The VF 6 is the smallest model in the lineup and, as a compact crossover, will take the fight to the Chevy Bolt EUV and the new Hyundai Kona Electric. The VF 6 will be offered in two different states of tune; Eco and Plus. The former provides 174 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque while the latter musters up 201 hp and 228 lb-ft.

What you gain in power, however, you lose in range. Eco models have a maximum range of 248 miles, while the Plus manages just 237 miles. These figures have been calculated on the WLTP cycle, so we expect drastically different figures once the EPA issues its official rating.

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Regardless of which VF 6 you opt for, buyers will be pleased to find a 12.9-inch infotainment screen ships standard. The Eco receives 17-inch wheels, while the Plus gains 19-inch wheels. Front-wheel drive is the only available configuration.

Stepping up to the VF 7 affords more range and performance. The larger model, poised to battle the Volkswagen ID.4 and co, will also be offered in Eco and Plus guises. Here, the Eco trim level makes use of the 201 hp/228 lb-ft setup that sends power to the front wheels. Despite the larger size, the VF 7 Eco boasts a travel range of 280 miles.

The VF 7 Plus should prove entertaining, thanks to 348 hp and 368 lb-ft. This model receives all-wheel drive as standard, along with 20-inch wheels.

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Buyers can, however, specify larger 21-inch items. The VF 7 Plus range does suffer slightly, with a claimed figure of 268 miles. Again, these estimates are based on WLTP testing. The VF 7 Eco receives the same 12.9-inch infotainment screen as the VF 6 derivatives, but the Plus is privy to a larger 15-inch screen.

VinFast hasn't skimped on the driver assist features, though. All iterations of the VF 6 and VF 7 receive adaptive cruise control, emergency lane-keep assist, lane centering, and Level 2 highway assist. Pricing is yet to be announced, but we assume they will be significantly cheaper than the VF 8 and VF 9 SUVs, both of which are already available in America.

"I believe that these models will resonate well with young customers who are passionate about technology and exhilarating driving experiences," said VinFast's Madam Le Thi Thu Thuy.

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In other news, VinFast has also announced a partnership with Vayyar Imaging that will see the implementation of the tech company's in-cabin 4D imaging radar technology into the aforementioned models. This, says the Vietnamese automaker, will prevent small children from being left behind in vehicles.

The platform has a wide field of view that covers every aspect of the cabin, including the trunk and footwells. It can even classify each seat's occupant and trigger the alarm only if one or more child is left in the car. A "privacy by design" setup mitigates false alarms.

This is a hugely important feature. Toyota is developing its own version and shared some chilling statistics; in 2021, in America, 23 children died from heatstroke after being left in stationary vehicles.

VinFast is looking into implementing additional Vayyar systems for the intruder alert system, seat belt reminder, and even an occupant classification for airbag deployment.

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