Fledgling Vietnamese carmaker VinFast has its sights set on the global stage with its near-production sedan and SUV concepts, set to debut at the Paris Motor Show next month. The company is aiming high with the two cars – premium models based on BMW platforms and running on Munich engines and drivetrains.

Both cars share a distinctive design language, with the front end featuring slim, broad LED daytime running lights (separate from the main headlight units lower down) that emanate from the V-shaped emblem. To the right of this emblem, a chrome splint creates an “F” shape that represents the second syllable of the VinFast name and gives the cars an asymmetric flourish. There’s also a hexagonal front grille and large air intakes.

The two cars betray their rear-biased underpinnings in their proportions, with a long bonnet and wheelbase. The sedan’s short rear end and horizontal lines are said to give the car a “symmetrical, sophisticated and elegant beauty,” while the SUV’s more muscular bonnet and bolder, more purposeful character lines are claimed to give it a sportier look. The tail light graphics echo the ones on the front DRLs.

VinFast held a public vote on the designs of the cars in Vietnam, with over 62,000 people voting on 20 sketches from ItalDesign, Pininfarina, Torino Design and Zagato. The winning ItalDesign sketches were refined by Pininfarina in Italy, completely eschewing clay modelling and relying on 3D computer-aided design (CAD) to expedite the design process. The cars are being presented just a year after the public vote.

The production sedan and SUV, the latter a seven-seater, will be based on the F10 5 Series and F15 X5 respectively, and will be powered by BMW’s previous-generation N20 engine – a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder mill that will be offered in 174 hp and 228 hp outputs. A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels, and there will also be an all-wheel drive option for the SUV.

After the Paris show, the two cars will be introduced in Vietnam at the end of the year, with deliveries kicking off in September next year.

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