There's no BMW engine under the hood this time.
Back in 2018, Vietnamese car company VinFast revealed a sedan and SUV based on BMW platforms. The SUV was based on a BMW X5 while the sedan rode on 5 Series underpinnings, and both used a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 175 horsepower. VinFast reemerged last year with a new SUV model called the President, featuring a GM-sourced V8 under the hood. The Vietnamese automaker is making news again, releasing three new electric models, two of which are slated to arrive in the United States.
Let's start with the largest of the three, the VF33 (pictured below in grey). This model is around the same size as a Chevrolet Traverse or Kia Telluride, meaning it has the potential to sell well here in the US, especially with no other EVs in that size category.
Details on the powertrain are sparse, but the VF33 is believed to use two electric motors, each producing 201 hp for a total of 402 hp. It comes with a 106-kilowatt-hour battery pack enabling 342 miles of driving, though that's not using the EPA testing cycle. The actual range numbers will likely be much lower. Inside, the VF33 looks pretty nice, sporting a 15.4-inch touchscreen that wouldn't look out of place on a Tesla Model Y, plus a massive glass roof. VinFast also claims this model will include Level 4 autonomy lidar sensors, though we doubt those features will be enabled for the American market.
The VF33 will be joined by a smaller model called the VF32 (pictured below in red), which is closer in size to the Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Arguably less attractive than its larger sibling, it will likely sport a lower price point that's more appealing to buyers. Not much else is known about this model, aside from its 90-kWh battery pack. Single and dual-motor versions are anticipated, meaning we can expect anywhere from 201 to 402 hp on tap. The VF32 sports a vastly different cabin with a vertically-mounted touchscreen and a second screen to act as the gauge cluster.
VinFast will sell another EV called the VF31 (pictured below in silver). This is by far the least appealing of the bunch, so we are glad this won't be coming stateside. VinFast says it will open pre-orders for the VF32 and VF33 in November 2021, with deliveries set to begin in 2023. This is a pretty ambitious timeline for an automaker with no existing footprint in the US, so we'll see if the company can deliver on time.