This VinFast model was first displayed at the Los Angeles car show in 2021, when it was still known as the VF e36, an electric SUV. The vehicle is now known as the Vinfast VF9, and VinFast anticipates starting customer deliveries of these 3-row EVs near the end of this year.
That is a big goal for a vehicle with high expectations. The Vinfast VF9 has a maximum range of 369 miles thanks to a sizable (about 110 kWh) lithium-ion battery system from Samsung. This all-wheel-drive (AWD) electric SUV produces a combined 402 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque from its front and rear electric motors. The VF 9 is quite rapid, hitting 60 mph in 6.5 seconds according to Vinfast.
The Vinfast VF9 is 201.5 inches long, which is a respectable size and is only 1.5 inches shorter than a Kia Carnival. Therefore, we anticipate the 124.0-inch wheelbase of this Vietnamese SUV to provide ample inside space for all three of its rows.
Another 3-row electric SUV that can be used for comparison is the Rivian R1S, which is a little smaller. The forthcoming R1S has a wheelbase of 121.1 inches and a 200.8-inch length. VinFast is opening stores in malls this spring in a number of towns in California, where sales of the Vinfast VF9 will begin there first. This summer will see the start of test drives, and VinFast intends to establish itself throughout the United States by opening multiple sales locations throughout the West Coast.
Exterior of 2023 Vinfast VF9
The style of VinFast’s SUVs is appealing, if fairly traditional. Their distinctive feature is a front-facing LED spear that forms a noticeable “V.” The heckblende, a piece of slick black plastic with a large chrome “V” insignia in the centre and resembling the shape of the headlights, is used to connect the taillights to one another. The larger Vinfast VF9 features the more boxy station wagon-like design that classic large SUVs have had for years, while the smaller VF 8 has the standard small crossover profile.
Interior of 2023 Vinfast VF9
Since Tesla made the minimalist trend popular with its electric vehicles, numerous manufacturers have replicated it in the interior design. The cabin is quiet, the seats are comfortable, and the door openings make entry straightforward, according to a brief ride at the New York auto show.
A single 15-inch touch screen and two air vents located in the middle, directly above the console with push-button gear selector buttons, make up the dashboard’s minimal design. A head-up display is located in front of the driver.
The carmaker claims that more than 30 AI capabilities will be employed to power interaction between the driver and the infotainment computer, as well as the voice-activated Amazon Alexa virtual assistant, which will be accessible in the vehicle.
The Plus trim’s heated and ventilated seats include gorgeous leather upholstery. The Eco variant has seats covered in faux leather. Auto-dimming mirrors, a foot-activated power liftgate, an 8-inch touchscreen screen in the second row, and a panoramic sunroof are additional features included with the Plus trim. Although the Plus version is available with second-row captain’s seats that reduce passenger capacity to six, the Vinfast VF9 features the third row with space for seven passengers. For either model, VinFast has not yet provided cargo volume figures or indicated if Android Auto and Apple CarPlay would be offered.
PLAN FOR BATTERY SUBSCRIPTION
The battery subscription package for all 2023 VinFast VF 9s will cost $160 per month. This covers uncapped mileage. There are plans starting at $44, but they only allow 310 miles of driving every month. After that, there is a 15-cent-per-mile charge for each subsequent mile. The business will swap out the battery if the VF 9’s battery pack’s peak capacity ever falls below 70% of its original value. This program is valid for the duration of the car.
CHARMING ITALIAN STYLE
The VinFast VF9 is an appealing SUV, that much is certain. The corporation made a very sensible choice in working with Italian design firm Pininfarina to create this attractive 3-row SUV.
Regular Features of 2023 Vinfast VF9
The 2023 VinFast VF9 standard equipment lists for the various trim levels are still being finalised. There will be two models, the Eco and the Plus, with varying levels of autonomous driving options, interior amenities, and wheel sizes.
A cutting-edge set of driving aids and technologies will be offered with the 2023 VinFast VF9. This ADAS suite, which VinFast claims is a $6,500 improvement, is included for free in your VF 9 if you opt to take part in an early online VinFast Pioneer ordering plan that costs $200 and closes on April 5. The particular equipment included has not yet been determined.
Engine and Transmission of 2023 Vinfast VF9
There are two electric motors on the 2023 VinFast VF9, one on each axle. A robust 402 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque are produced as a combined unit.
Although the VF 9 has electric motors up front and down back, there is still space under the hood for a front trunk, also known as a frunk. The chassis’s floorboard houses the 110-kWh lithium-ion battery pack from Samsung of Korea for the VF 9. For contrast, the Rivian R1S has a 135-kWh pack, whereas the Tesla Model X has a 100-kWh battery. The VinFast VF9 can be fast-charged in roughly 30 minutes to get from a 10 percent to 70 percent charge.
Price of 2023 Vinfast VF9
The starting price of the 2023 VinFast VF9 will be $55,500. Online sales for this EV have started, and it is qualified for a $7,500 federal tax credit. This summer, test drives are expected to start in California. By December, VF 9s should be in the hands of customers. Confusion arises from the VF 9’s price not including the SUV’s batteries. The battery pack is leased separately for either $44 or $160 a month, which is accurate. The cheaper price is enticing, but if the owner drives more than 310 miles in a month, there are mileage fees. Monthly mileage is limitless with the more expensive battery leasing.
In spite of the fact that new EV startups appear to appear and disappear with alarming regularity at this stage in the history of the automobile, VinFast appears promising and has ambitious production targets.
With a battery membership tailored to the buyer’s anticipated consumption, it has an original take on pricing. According to the company, “by separating the price of the battery from the acquisition value of the automobile, VinFast takes on all the risks associated with the vehicle’s battery and ensures a sensible price for its products, while providing customers with peace of mind about the battery’s quality during use.”
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