The Vietnamese manufacturer VinFast had promised to unveil its very first electric SUVs in 2021. It’s now done.
And if we tell you about it, it’s because two of them will be marketed in North America, including Canada!
The larger one, called VF33, is 5,120 millimeters in length, slightly longer than a Ford Explorer. It operates two electric motors delivering a total power of 402 horsepower and a massive 106 kWh battery providing a range that VinFast estimates at over 480 kilometers.
The VF33 also stands out with its LED matrix headlights, panoramic roof and Tesla-like 15.4-inch infotainment screen. Of course, it offers three rows of seats.
On the other hand, the VF32 is 4,780 millimeters long, which is roughly equal to the Ford Edge. The engine described above is offered as an option. As standard, there is a single electric motor with a power of 201 horsepower and a 90 kWh battery. Autonomy is not specified, however.
Its equipment is essentially the same as that of its big brother.
On the safety front, VinFast expects its SUVs to earn a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States. Adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance systems, 360-degree view cameras and a parking assistant are on the program, along with advanced semi-autonomous driving technology.
Production will take place in Hai Phong, Vietnam. With us, the order books are supposed to open in November and the first copies will be delivered in June 2022.
Obviously, breaking into the North American market is an extremely difficult task, even more so for a young company founded in 2017, but VinFast is owned by the giant VinGroup which largely dominates the economic landscape in Vietnam and it does not lack resources. Let’s not forget to mention that it already has a research and development center in the United States.