The VinFast VF e36 was unveiled at the LA auto show. It’s a brand new electric car from a brand new brand (at least in the UK). With seven seats and premium touches, it’s ready to compete with cars like the Tesla Model X.
Order books are expected to open next year, but in the meantime, here’s a look at what we know so far.
Style VinFast VF e36
The VinFast brand may have originated in Vietnam, but the VF e36 was actually designed by the Italian company Pininfarina. As a brand new model that will attempt to break into the luxury electric vehicle market, it has received an imposing and premium look.
Up front there is a set of svelte headlamps that feature an LED light bar that spans the full width of the front. This is interrupted by the VinFast emblem which is in the center of the grille, with the lights carefully reflecting a “V”.
At the rear, the lighting design is mirrored by the taillights, while to the side you’ll find further evidence of the ‘V’ design element. Most notable is the line of rear windows, which contour inward behind the rear door.
It’s certainly an imposing design and, at over 5 meters in length, it will be one of the biggest SUVs available in Europe. There will be a smaller and more compact five-seater model (the VF e35) but which does not offer quite the same level of luxury as the e36.
Interior and technology VinFast VF e36
A massive 15-inch infotainment touchscreen will dominate the dashboard, with the company claiming most controls will be operated through the screen rather than physical buttons. Other notable keys include ambient lighting and a button-type gear selector.
From the photos, it is evident that this car will also feature a large panoramic sunroof, while also benefiting from Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities which, just like Tesla, will include live updates and lower the car to lead, stop and accelerate.
VinFast VF e36 transmission
The specs need to be confirmed, but sources said the VF e36 will get a two-motor electric transmission and a 106kWh battery. This should produce around 400 hp and give the car up to 350 miles of range between charges.
We’ll bring you more details and a likely UK release date as soon as we know more. If you’re wondering what other EVs are available now or coming very soon, check out our A to Z of electric cars.