VinFast Details LUX SA2.0 SUV and A2.0 Sedan In Paris

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.

Decent performance

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).

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Photo Credits: VinFast / Newspress

  • salamOOn

    exterior is decent, but inside…..

  • Tinky-Winky

    Hard to make a decision about interior by one photo but from the outside the cars look pretty good. Name is crappy though as it is with most Chinese manufacturers.

    • It’s Vietnamese, not Chinese.

    • Thanh Nguyen

      @Tinky-Winky Their target market is domestic. Vietnamese buyers are not sensitive to how a brand name sounds like Westerners.

      • KareKakk

        Does that brand name have a meaning? For the english speaking I presume “win fast” will be the pronounciation and for some also the meaning, and that’s not a bad name.

        • From what I know the Vin is part of the conglomerate that founded the company, Vingroup.

          The Fast bit represent two thing, literally and philosophically about how fast they transform the industry.

          • KareKakk

            Sure, that’s the marketing explanation… more curious on what the native speaking Thanh Nguyen makes out of it. But as the company is also vietnamese, we might avoid another Mitsubishi Pajero-story from some spanish speaking countries… 😀

          • Thanh Nguyen

            Vingroup has various businesses with VIN like Vinhome(real estate and resort), Vinmec(medical), Vinmart(supermarket), Vinpro(electronics), Vineco(agriculture)…FAST is an acronym of Vietnamese language and it’s like their mission statement. Phong Cach (Style), An Toan(Safety), Sang Tao(Innovation), Tien Phong(Pioneering). I read a British newspaper and it says Vinfast sounds silly to English speakers’ear like Nissan or Kia.

          • Thanks for the insight, it’s really intersting!

  • Able

    They’re both so obviously BMW-based cars – look at the steering wheel in that interior pic and the roofline of the SUV. There are definitely worse places to start! But c’mon…

  • designer_dick

    Based on the wheelbase figures quoted, we’re looking at the previous generation F10 5-Series and F15 X5 with new bodywork and a new interior. The shape of the upper half of the front doors is what really gives it away.

  • vvmdrf

    Really bad knock off Volvo interior

  • wonderdallas

    While certainly a pastiche of many current styling trends it actually comes together more successfully than most. It has a bit of Alfa Romeo meets Peugeot vibe. That’s not a bad thing.

  • Well I had to take it back, it looks decent and now I wonder if they can keep the build quality and actually selling those, but don’t think it will come to Europe or US soon.

    • Belthronding

      yes,but even chinese market might be a good start initially.

      • Actually they were saying that they target South East Asian market first for export, since there are free trade agreement between these country (much like NAFTA) so they can undercut their competitor.

        Also Chinese market is filled with their own product, which is really cheap. Meanwhile imported cars get gazilion tax.

  • Jason Panamera

    Interior looks even now dated. With cheap design, leather and wood wouldn’t help.

    • KareKakk

      Pininfarina delivering cheap design now? That’s a first.

  • DM

    For reliability concerns, shouldn’t they have used Toyotas or Hondas as a base? I wonder if maintenance on these things will be as expensive as with BMWs, and if people who buy them will know this.

    • designer_dick

      Maybe Toyota and Honda weren’t willing or able to provide platforms and engines that have only just gone out of production?

    • Pretty sure BMW are quite reliable, and they built almost all the part in Vietnam, maybe even BMW owners can tap on this cheaper parts?

  • Classic Bob

    Why do i think Alfa looking at the grille..?

    Though a nice try for Vietnam’s first car company.

    • KareKakk

      Pininfarina did the design…

  • Brabusbus

    That grill and the tail light is too busy, goodluck.

  • TrevP

    Its not a subsidiary of BMW but I can see the similarities. ie; steering column, steering wheel and mirrors, but that’s about it. The display looks like a knock off Volvo display…guess we will see how well it does.

    • Well it was based on last gen 5 Series and X5.

      • TrevP

        I can see that. BMW still doesn’t have anything to do with them tho

        • They don’t but Vinfast buy the old platforms and that includes the design rights and all.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    I’d drive it if they’d branded it Slartibartfast.

  • ThatGuy

    Front Alfa, Side Land-rover Discovery and rear Porsche mican/cayenne

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