Vinfast introduced Monday that a minimum of one of many variations of its upcoming three-row electrical SUV, due for U.S. deliveries later this fall, will obtain a 330-mile EPA vary.
That’s larger than the 300 miles anticipated for some single-motor variations of the upcoming Kia EV9. It additionally seems to tackle the Rivian R1S, which earns as much as 352 miles with its center of three battery choices, known as Massive Pack. Vinfast hasn’t made point out of off-road functionality constructed into the VF 9, nonetheless.
That mannequin, the VF 9, additionally gained pricing for the U.S. market. The Eco mannequin prices $83,000, and the Plus, which the corporate claims is sweet for a 291-mile EPA vary ranking, begins at $91,000.
Based mostly on earlier specs verified with Vinfast, and people posted on Vinfast’s client web site, the VF 9 seems to have achieved that with the 123-kwh battery pack. The corporate claims a 10-70% DC fast-charging session in 35 minutes.
Vinfast’s claimed vary rankings haven’t but been posted by the EPA.
This isn’t the primary time Vinfast has rolled out pricing for this mannequin. In April 2022 Vinfast priced the VF 9 at $56,000 with the bigger battery, as rated right here, or $61,000 in VF 9 Plus kind. That’s as a result of at the moment the corporate was betting on a novel mannequin revolving round a battery subscription.
The VF 9 has dual-motor all-wheel drive, with a single electrical motor offering 402 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. Vinfast touts the VF 9’s superior driver-assistance options and sensible companies inside the car, noting that they’re “repeatedly up to date.”
Viinfast has come a good distance with its merchandise, in a short time. An early preview of a Vinfast VF 8 prototype final yr urged that the corporate had extra growth but to go in a car that was being known as a final-stage prototype. In a overview of the Vinfast VF 8 in manufacturing kind in Could, Inexperienced Automobile Experiences discovered this electrical crossover to be riddled with points, with high quality management everywhere in the map and varied niggles with the driver-assistance options—though the interface itself was a excessive level of the expertise.
The VF 9 will initially be exported to the U.S. market, however it’s one of many fashions the corporate plans to build in North Carolina starting in 2024, with a focused 150,000 automobiles for yr due from the plant.