VinFast, Vietnam’s first volume automaker, has come to the 2018 Paris Motor Show with two brand new models that are supposed to capture the country’s natural beauty with their design.
The LUX A2.0 sedan and LUX SA2.0 SUV will be sold worldwide as premium products, and will be manufactured at an all-new state-of-the-art 335-hectare plant in Hai Phong, northern Vietnam. Deliveries will commence locally in June of 2019.
Visually, both vehicles sport a chrome V emblem at the center of their grille, plus a horizontal chrome stripe that merges with the LED daytime running lights.
The sedan is defined by its long bonnet, stretched out roofline, elongated C-pillar and overall balanced proportions. The SUV on the other hand is more muscular, featuring flowing lines and a contrasting matte black surround for the headlights, fog lights and air intakes. This, by the way, is a seven-seater SUV, making it a really practical choice for families.
Inside, we’re treated to a very clean and simple looking dashboard design, with very few buttons and a large 10.4-inch touchscreen display dominating the center console. The operating system (OS) design is also said to be simple and elegant, as the homepage for example has just three icons for top level access, plus a display showing the climate control commands.
Users can even swipe down for shortcuts the same way you would in an Android or iOS smartphone.
Both the LUX A2.0 sedan and SA2.0 SUV will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder petrol engine, available with two outputs: 176 PS (130 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) and 231 PS (170 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) – although the SUV will only be available with the higher output. Mated to the engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission and an optional four-wheel drive system as an upgrade over the standard rear-wheel drive setup.
In a straight line, the LUX A2.0 sedan can accelerate from zero to 100km/h (62 mph) in 8.9 seconds with the 176 PS (173 HP) engine, and 7.1 seconds with the 231 PS (227 HP) unit. Meanwhile, the SUV can hit the mark in 8.9 seconds with RWD and 9.1 seconds with AWD.
As for size, the sedan measures 4,973 mm (195.7 in) in length, 1,900 mm (74.8 in) in width, 1,464 mm (57.6 in) in height and has a 2,968 mm-long (116.8 in) wheelbase, whereas the SUV is 4,940 mm (194.4 in) long, 1,960 mm (77.1 in) wide, stands 1,773 mm (69.8 in) tall and its wheelbase measures 2,933 mm (115.4 in).