In 2021, Warren Buffet-backed BYD launched the Dolphin as the first model to adopt the marine design concept. A report from d1ev.com suggests that the company is working on three new marine-themed models for 2022: BYD Seal, BYD Sea Lion, and BYD Seagull. Allegedly leaked material floating on Chinese portals reveals several details about these future BYD electric car models.
The BYD Seagull (codename: BYD EQ) will belong to China’s A00+ car segment. With prices falling between CNY 60,000 and 80,000 (EUR 8,231-10,975), this model will target EV customers with a tight budget. The BYD Seagull will arrive in the second quarter of the year (April-June 2022), as per the report.
BYD Sea Lion
The BYD Sea Lion (codename: BYD UX) will follow in the third quarter (July-September 2022). It will reportedly be an SUV competing with the Tesla Model Y, which puts it above the Yuan Plus within the BYD lineup. The mid-size electric SUV will cost between CNY 200,000 and 250,000 (EUR 27,438-34,298). It could have plenty in common with the BYD Seal, an upcoming electric midsize sedan that is likely to compete with the Tesla Model 3, Xpeng P5, and Nio ET5. Expect the Sea Lion to also come fitted with the BYD Blade battery.
Internally called BYD EK, the BYD Seal will be 4,770 mm long, 1,860 mm wide, and 1,460 mm tall, and its wheelbase will measure 2,900 mm, as per Chinese portals. It will share the e-Platform 3.0 with the Dolphin. BYD will offer it with an 800-volt battery pack that provides it a range of up to 700 km. The electric sedan may come in RWD and AWD variants, with the latter allowing a quick 0-100 km/h acceleration time of just over 3 seconds (3.3 or 3.4 seconds). The RWD variant will be available with two motor options: 150 kW and 180 kW. The AWD variant will sport two motors, one producing 200 kW and one producing 160 kW, reports said.
The BYD Seal will hit the company’s domestic market in the current quarter (January-March 2022). Prices will fall in the CNY 150,000-200,000 (EUR 20,579-27,438) bracket.
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