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VinFast to Debut Two Electric Crossovers at Los Angeles Auto Show

The Vietnamese automaker is looking to expand its horizons.

  • VinFast will enter the U.S. and Canadian markets in 2022.

  • Two fully electric crossovers will be introduced, the VF e35 and VF e36.

  • These two new models will make their North American debut in November 17th.

Vietnamese automaker VinFast is taking the next step in its plan to enter the North American market, as it will debut two luxurious, fully electric crossover vehicles at the upcoming L.A. Auto Show.

The VF e35 is a compact-sized utility vehicle equipped with a fully electric powertrain. No specific details are available yet, but since North American consumers generally feel comfortable with a driving range of at least 300 miles, that’s what we can expect. The midsize VinFast VN e36 should normally feature a slightly bigger battery pack to offer similar driving range than the VF e35.

Both vehicles boast the brand’s signature lighting pattern consisting of a LED strip that underlines the hood and hugs the V-shaped logo on the centre of the grille. While the VF e36 gets headlight clusters right underneath the LED strip, the VF e35 wears upper driving lights and separate, lower headlight units. A similar lighting pattern is found on the rear of VinFast’s EVs, with a horizontal red pinstripe that’s slimmer on the VF e36. The design is the work of renowned Italian firm Pininfarina which, by the way, is now owned by Indian giant Mahindra.

Interior and exterior dimensions haven’t yet been announced, but it’s safe to assume that the long-bodied VF e36 will include a third row of seats—we can even spot seatbacks through the tinted rear-quarter glass. A huge centre stack-mounted touchscreen can also be spotted through the windows, doubling as both the infotainment display and the driver instrument panel.

According to VinFast, the VF e35 and VF e36 will feature a suite of advanced driver assistance systems, fully automated parking and vehicle summoning, vocal assistant, connected services and over-the-air-updates.

A third fully electric crossover, the subcompact VF e34, also exists for other markets including Vietnam, but it won’t make the trip to North America. It’s worth noting that VinFast will set up shop in both the United States and Canada. The automaker will being taking reservations for the VF e35 and VF e36 in the first half of 2022, and the first vehicles should hit the road before the end of next year. There are still a lot of details to be sorted out, such as a sales network, specs and features, and pricing.

VinFast’s premiere will take place on November 17th at the Los Angeles Auto Show, just before the doors open to the public from November 19 to 21.

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