Jose Altoveros / Newspress | October 03, 2018 11:57
Vietnames automaker VinFast launches brand in Paris
Earlier this year, Vietnamese automaker VinFast released a teaser photo of their two upcoming models – a sedan and an SUV. However, no details were revealed except for their designs, which were actually chosen by the Vietnamese people. More so, we would have to wait until the brand officially makes its global debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show for more details.
With the Paris Motor Show now underway, we finally get to see VinFast's new launch models in full.
Officially called LUX A2.0 Sedan and LUX SA2.0 SUV, the two vehicles take on more modern design cues and breaks away with the traditional styling. That said, the cars do look more like something that would come from Italy especially with their long hood and short trunk design. That's mainly because the cars were designed by Italdesign and was further developed by Pininfarina later on.
Taking a closer look, both the SUV and the Sedan adapt a uniform design language. Both vehicles are fitted with a slim pair of LED daytime running lights which run the length of the front fascia and forms a V-shaped design on the large black grill. There are also large side air intakes which are integrated with the LED headlights. At the rear, both the sedan and SUV also take similar styling cues with LED taillights which also shows more V-shapes.
Both cars are powered by a 2.0-liter inline four engine and is available in tow different power levels: 174 HP and 300 Nm torque or 227 HP and 350 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels for both the sedan and SUV. All-wheel-drive is an option on the SUV though thanks to a BorgWarner transfer case. The sedan is capable of doing 0-100km/h in just 8.9 seconds with the 174 HP, but drops to 7.1 with the 227 HP.
Aside from the two launch models, VinFast plans to release a full range of vehicles including a small city car built in partnership GM, a pure electric vehicle and even a fully electric city bus. Both the city car and the pure EV are set to debut in 2019 and will be built in Hanoi as well. Meanwhile, the electric city bus are set to help the public transport system in Vietnam.