- VinFast, a Vietnamese startup automaker, unveiled the VF6 and VF7 electric SUVs at the LA Auto Show today.
- The subcompact front-drive VF6 is said to produce up to 201 hp; the larger VF7 produces a claimed 201 hp (FWD) or 349 hp (AWD).
- Both EV models are coming to America, with production expected sometime in the third quarter of 2023.
VinFast – the up-and-coming Vietnamese automaker whose name sounds like a mix of Vin Diesel and Fast and furious– adds two new members to his US-bound family. While this isn’t the first we’ve heard of these electric SUVs, today the company unveiled production-intended versions of the 2024 VinFast VF6 and VF7 at the LA Auto Show.
2024 VinFast VF6
Measuring 166.9 inches from trunk to stern, the VF6 is about the same size as conventional subcompact SUVs. Its 107.5-inch wheelbase is 0.5 inches shorter than the Kia Niro EV, and the VF6 is just as wide and about an inch longer at 62.8 inches. VinFast certainly makes the VF6 stand out stylistically, with distinctive V-shaped lighting elements front and rear to match its molded sheet metal.
The VF6 will only be offered with a single electric motor mounted on the front axle. VinFast claims the Eco model will produce 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and it says the Plus will generate 201 horses and 228 pound-feet. The company also says to expect two different battery pack options, but their capacity and estimated driving ranges have yet to be determined. The same goes for its charging rates.
Inside, the VF6 has a simple design, and a traditional gauge cluster is conspicuously absent. Instead, there’s a heads-up display and a prominent center touchscreen. The latter includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Amazon Alexa voice assistant. VinFast also mentioned an in-car karaoke app and an app called what3words that offers a simpler way to access voice-activated navigation. The VF6 offers either cloth or leatherette upholstery, and while the Eco model has a steel roof, the Plus has a panoramic sunroof.
2024 VinFast VF7
Compared to the subcompact VF6, the VF7 measures exactly a foot longer at 178.9 inches, which is a mere two-tenths shorter than the compact Mazda CX-5 SUV. The VF7 also spans 74.4 inches from hip to hip and stands 64.4 inches tall. Again, for context, those dimensions make it about 2 inches wider and 2 inches shorter than the Mazda. The VF7’s design is highlighted by its unique lighting points, and its smooth body panels are not busy, contributing to a clean look, even if its rear “floating roof” element is a bit contrived.
The VF7 is available with one or two electric motors. The former setup is found on the Eco model, which offers front-wheel drive and a claimed output of 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque (the same as the VF6 Plus, in case you hadn’t noticed). The all-wheel-drive VF7 Plus is significantly more powerful, with VinFast saying it produces 349 horses and 368 pound-feet. The company hasn’t released any performance estimates, and there’s no word on battery sizes or predicted driving range.
With its larger dimensions, the two-row VF7 will offer more cargo and passenger space than the smaller VF6. Its interior also appears to be more luxurious. The 7 gets a larger 15.6-inch center touchscreen infotainment system with the same connectivity features as the 6. Along with cloth upholstery on the VF7 Eco, the Plus trim level comes with “premium” leatherette.
Arrival time and prices
The VF6 and VF7 will join the two-row VF8 and three-row VF9 SUVs (the two other models VinFast plans to sell in America). As of this writing, the company has yet to sell any models on our shores, and so far only has six mall-style stores, all of which are in California. However, a VinFast spokesperson said Car and Driver the company aims to add brick-and-mortar sales and service centers by the end of next year. Each model will also be backed by VinFast’s notable warranty, which spans 10 years or 125,000 miles.
VinFast has not yet announced pricing for the 2024 VF6 or VF7. We’d bet that the smaller of the two electric SUVs will start in the low-$30,000 range, while we think the larger one will have a base price somewhere above $35,000. As with the VF8 and VF9, VinFast expects to offer the VF6 and VF7 with or without a monthly battery subscription.
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