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Here are the specs of VinFast PH’s electric cars

No local pricing yet

This is the initial lineup of VinFast Philippines. PHOTO FROM VINFAST

VinFast Philippines will start with a four-car lineup: the VF 5, the VF e34, the VF 7, and the VF 9. During a recent trip to Vietnam, the Philippine brochures containing the specs of these models were shared with us.

Interestingly, although local pricing is still unavailable, the peso equivalent of the Vietnamese pricing was also shared. If anything, you can use it as a reference for the brand’s purchasing options.

The VF 5 is the most bare-bones model among VinFast cars. PHOTOS FROM VINFAST

The VinFast lineup starts with the VF 5. It measures 3,967mm long, 1,723mm wide, and 1,578mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,514mm and a ground clearance of 168mm. The trunk space is 260L, which is expandable up to 900L with the rear seats folded.

It is propelled by a 134hp, 135Nm motor, which is powered by a 37.23kWh battery for a range of up to 326km. ADAS features are limited to rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera, and blind-spot detection. In its domestic market, the entry-level model goes for P1,079,000 without the battery, and P1,264,000 with the battery.

The VF e34 is used as a taxi in Vietnam. PHOTOS FROM VINFAST

The VF e34 is larger than the VF 5, measuring 4,300mm long, 1,768mm wide, and 1,615mm high. The wheelbase is longer at 2,611mm, while the ground clearance is 165mm. With the rear seats up, the cargo space is 278L.

The electric vehicle is moved by a 148hp, 242Nm motor with a battery good for a range of up to 318.6km. It has the same safety features as the VF 5 plus cruise control and lane-departure warning. In Vietnam, the VF e34 costs P1,637,000 without the battery and P1,914,000 with it.

The VF 7 has a nice balance of style, power, and space. PHOTOS FROM VINFAST

Unlike the previous two models, the VF 7 is a more premium offering. The crossover is 4,545mm long, 1,890mm wide, and 1,635.75mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,840mm and a ground clearance of 190mm.

Two variants are available with the main difference being the powertrains. The VF 7S has a single 174hp, 250Nm motor, and a 59.6kWh battery with a range of up to 375km. The price in Vietnam starts at P1,960,000 with no battery, and goes up to P2,304,000 with a battery.

The higher-end variant is the VF 7 Plus, which features dual motors with a combined output of 349hp and 500Nm, allowing the vehicle to go from 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds. The 75.3kWh battery allows for a range of up to 431km.

The VF 7 Plus also comes with 20-inch wheels (compared to 19-inchers on the VF 7S), a suite of ADAS features, and a more elaborate interior. This goes for P2,304,000 without the battery, and P2,765,000 with the battery. Both variants have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

You'll need all the tech and ADAS features with an SUV as big as the VF 9. PHOTOS FROM VINFAST

Completing the initial lineup is the VF 9. The full-size SUV comes in two variants, the Base and the Plus. Both are 5,119mm long and 1,696mm high, with a ground clearance of 175mm. But the width differs with the Base at 2,004mm and the Plus at 2,070mm.

While both variants feature dual 201hp motors, the batteries may differ. Based on the price list for Vietnam, there is the option for a Samsung SDI battery or a CATL battery with the latter being more expensive.

According to the brochure, the Plus gets a CATL battery with a maximum range of up to 602km. Meanwhile, no battery or range is specified for the Base variant.

The Plus variant gets 21-inch wheels (compared to 20-inchers on the Base), and there is also the option for captain’s chairs, which reduce the seating capacity from seven to six. Also, the higher variant gets ventilated front seats with a massage feature. Both trims get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Assuming the VF 9 Base runs on the Samsung SDI battery, it goes for P3,490,000 without the battery and P4,642,000 with the battery. Meanwhile, the Plus variant with the CATL battery starts at P4,118,000, and goes for P5,336,000 with the battery.

Again, these prices are for the Vietnamese market.

VinFast users who don't own the battery still have to pay for it. PHOTO FROM VINFAST

As mentioned before, if you buy a VinFast without a battery, you’ll have to rent one via a subscription service. How much that would cost, we’ll have to see.

After seeing VinFast’s pricing in Vietnam, do you think it will be competitive in the Philippine market?

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.