VinFast to launch with three e-SUVs

VinFast to launch with three e-SUVs

Vietnamese startup VinFast has previewed its first three electric models. Called the VF31, VF32 and VF33, they are SUV models that fall in the C, D and E segments, respectively. The manufacturer is already giving initial specs, but no prices yet - although it plans to start taking orders in Europe as early as this year.

VinFast plans to start accepting orders for the VF31 in Vietnam in May 2021 and begin deliveries of the model in November. Orders for the VF32 and VF33 are expected to be available in Vietnam from September 2021, with deliveries of these models scheduled to begin in February 2022. In North America and Europe, the VF32 and VF33 are expected to be available for order from November 2021 and begin deliveries in June 2022.

All three models are said to have artificial intelligence features, such as autonomous driving functions, in addition to electric powertrains, and all SUVs are said to have a "trendy high-chassis design" and "excellent safety and intelligence features." VinFast says its vision is to become a "global intelligent electric vehicle company" and "put Vietnam on the world automotive map to a new level."

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After such PR phrases, VinFast gets a bit more concrete in the announcement: the VF31, as a mid-size SUV in the C-segment, is to be equipped with "basic self-driving and steering assistance functions". The VF32 in the D-segment and VF33 in the E-segment are to have autonomous driving according to level 2-3. For this, VinFast wants to install LIDAR sensors, 14 cameras and 19 360-degree sensors, among other things, in the "full option versions" (i.e. presumably the specimens with the maximum possible equipment). The cameras are to be able to detect objects at a distance of 687 metres, VinFast says.