Vietnam's Stylish Electric SUVs Ready For The World

2021 LA Auto Show / Comments

They were styled by Pininfarina and will be sold in the US and other global markets.

Back in 2018, VinFast, Vietnam's only carmaker, revealed a combustion-powered luxury sedan based on the BMW 5 Series and an SUV based on the BMW X5. While these models were only sold in Vietnam, VinFast's latest electric models are coming to America as the company makes strides to become a global brand. At the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, VinFast unveiled the VF e35 and the VF e36, two stylish electric SUVs that will be sold under the firm's new global EV sub-brand. They look great, and there's a good reason for that - they were styled by Italy's Pininfarina.

Featuring crisp design lines, split front headlights, and a full-width LED light bar, the smaller e35 will take on the likes of the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Volkswagen ID.4.

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Performance specifications haven't been confirmed, but reports suggest the e35 will pack a 90-kWh battery and will be offered with either a 197-hp single electric motor or a dual motor setup producing 398 hp. On a single charge, the e35 will offer 310 miles of range. Measuring 200.7 inches long, the larger e36 has three rows of seats, a dual-motor setup with 402 hp, and a larger 106-kWh battery pack offering up to 422 miles of range.

Both models are equipped with a slew of semi-autonomous driving assists including a lane assist, collision warning, driver monitor, automatic parking, vehicle summon, and more.

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"We are deeply motivated to inspire our customers to be bold and join the revolution to EVs to accelerate solutions that will address this crisis. VinFast believes that the 'Future of Mobility' will be one of smart electric cars that are highly personalized and integrated with technologies that benefit life and our environment," said Michael Lohscheller, CEO of VinFast Global. "These vehicles will do so while meeting safety standards and delivering superior and comfortable driving experiences."

While VinFast recently opened a new US headquarters in Los Angeles, the two electric SUVs will be built in Vietnam, but the company plans to open a US factory in the second half of 2024. Pre-orders for the Pininfarina-penned electric SUVs will open in the first half of 2022 before deliveries start in Q4, 2022.

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