Update – ‘Design & Interior’ section added to the story.
BYD was in the limelight last year for its new electric hatchback, the BYD Dolphin, which promises to democratize electric vehicles. Now, it’s reportedly developing a headline-maker for 2022, a sedan called the ‘BYD Seal.’
Seal part of the BYD Ocean series
BYD’s future product plan for the next three years has emerged online (view on d1ev.com), revealing many unannounced models. The BYD Seal is one of the future cars, with the internal name ‘BYD EK.’
Design & Interior
Deducing from the spy shots available on Chinese media sites, including CNEVPost.com, the BYD Seal sedan features a smooth coupe-like roofline that should aid the car’s aerodynamics. We can spot an all-glass roof, flush door handles, and short wraparound taillights as the key exterior features. The single image of the cabin reveals the sporty hexagonal cut-outs in the integrated front headrests, florescent piping, and white contrast stitching on the front seats. The windows appear quite long and should let plenty of light into the cabin.
Chinese reports reveal that BYD is developing the Seal on e-Platform 3.0 and will offer it in RWD and AWD variants. The platform aims at remedying concerns like long charging times, short range and shrinking winter range of the EVs. Depending on the BYD Seal configuration, the RWD variant will employ either a 150 kW motor or a 180 kW motor. The AWD variant will sport two motors, one for each axle, with one motor producing 200 kW and the other 160 kW. The 150 kW RWD variant will take 6.7 seconds to accelerate from 0-100 km/h, while the 180 kW RWD variant will accomplish that in 5.6 seconds. The AWD variant will be much quicker, hitting naught to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds! The top speed will be more than 180 km/h.
It would measure 4,770 mm in length, 1,860 mm in width, and 1,460 mm in height, and have a 2,900 mm-long wheelbase. The Seal, like the Dolphin, would embody the brand’s new Ocean Aesthetics design philosophy, and use the BYD Blade battery.
BYD Seal Price & Release date
Reports say that the BYD Seal’s launch will take place in Q1 2022 (January-March 2022), and prices will range between CNY 150,000 (EUR 20,772) and CNY 200,000 (EUR 27,696). At its price positioning, the Xpeng P5, which retails from CNY 157,900 (EUR 21,866), should be its close rival, not the Tesla Model 3. Toyota is also reportedly planning to launch an electric sedan in this segment in China, powered by BYD’s Blade batteries. Could the two models have a technical connection? Possibly. We’ll have to wait until Auto China 2022 (21-30 April 2022) to know for sure.
BYD is entering new markets with EVs, and in others, it is strengthening its presence. Singapore and Australia are among the destinations earmarked for 2022 which will see the launch of BYD EVs from the Ocean series. The Warren Buffet-backed auto maker commenced deliveries in Norway last year with the BYD Tang EV.
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