VLF X-Series — We have seen so many sensational and promising vehicles on this year’s Detroit Auto Show, but unfortunately, VLF Automotive’s newest X-Series SUV is not one of them. As a matter of fact, it is hard to find one thing to commend about this SUV, and it just looks out of the place among other exemplary cars debuted in the show.
Even though you don’t want to look at it, you will bound to look thanks to its bright yellow body paint, gigantic stance, and Hummer H2-esque vibe. This SUV is based on Chevrolet Colorado truck but the body panel is slightly different, and it comes with the rear canopy. Furthermore, judging from the grille alone, it is not hard to conclude that X-Series is also heavily inspired by the said Hummer. The multi-slated grille is a carbon copy of Hummer H2 complete with a pair of round lights flanking the grille and another pair of square light on the very edges.
VLF X-Series Specifications
This 5,236-pound off-roader SUV offers 11.5” ground clearance, 44.7 degrees approach angles and 48 degrees departure angles. With the addition of 20” aluminum wheels wrapped in 35” off-road rubbers and many underbody protections, it is clear that new VLF X-Series is intended for off-road use instead of just transporting things from one place to another.
In the powertrain department, this VLF X-Series SUV is powered by 3.6 L V6 engine that delivers 306 HP and 275-pound-feet of torque and comes with the 4WD transfer case. In addition to the gas V6 engine, a 2.8 L diesel inline-4 unit is also available.
If you haven’t heard about VLF Automotive before, it’s okay, and you are not the only one. But you recognize the name of the man behind this company, Henrik Fisker. Yes, the same Henrik Fisker that designs remarkable cars such as Fisker Karma, Aston Martin Vantage, and BMW Z8.
You might be curious why a company that has a man like Fisker can build something like VLF X-Series. Even if he is not the one designing the SUV, but, still… Actually, VLF Automotive is a well-rounded established company. As a matter of fact, its Auburn Hills plant has built some nice cars like Destino and Force 1.
Speaking of Destino, it is a Fisker Karma based car that uses a supercharged 6.2 L V8 engine with 638 HP instead of Karma’s eco-friendly hybrid powertrain.
It is a very nice car with a pretty yet strong design that goes well with the power the engine churns out. Their next car, Force 1 is not that bad either even though it is not in Destino’s class.
Force 1 is based on Dodge Viper and it uses a tuned version of the 8.4 L V10 engine, belting out solid 745 HP and enough to send the car sprinting to 62 mph from rest in only 3 seconds. See, those two cars are pretty good and X-Series is just failed to reach the same level.
VLF X-Series Price
VLF Automotive plans to sell about 250 units per year, but it seems hard to achieve especially if they really will give the SUV $70,000 price tag.
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