The new BYD Seal electric sedan has gone on sale in China, with BYD confirming that initial deliveries are expected to begin by the end of the month.

Revealed in May, the Tesla Model 3 rival is said to have attracted up to 60,000 pre-orders from Chinese customers.

Seal prices on its home market are starting to ¥222,274 (£27,292) and expand to ¥298,140 (£36,648).

The EV’s exterior styling inherits elements first revealed on the Ocean X concept car and what BYD calls its “ocean aesthetic” design lineage.

At 4800mm long, 1875mm wide and 1460mm high, it is 106mm longer, 58mm narrower and 17mm taller than the Model 3. Its wheelbase is 45mm longer than its rival Tesla , at 2920 mm.

The Seal is based on BYD’s e-Platform 3.0 framework, making it the third BYD car to do so after the Dolphin and Yuan Plus, and comes with the choice of two different BYD Blade batteries, 61.4 kWh and 82.5 kWh.

Both feature BYD’s lithium-ion phosphate (LFP) battery cell technology and use cell-to-body (CTB) construction, meaning the battery module is integrated into the body structure – a first for BYD.

The new construction process is said to provide the body of the four-door Seal with high torsional stiffness of up to 40,000 Nm/deg.

The rear-drive base model gets a rear-mounted 201hp electric motor and 61.4kWh battery, giving it a claimed 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds and a range of 550 km (342 miles) on the Chinese CLTC test cycle.

A long-range rear-wheel-drive model occupies the middle of the Seal range. Its 308hp rear-mounted electric motor is combined with the 82.5kWh battery, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 5.9s and a 150km (93 mile) increase in range. CLTC compared to its less powerful sibling at 700 km (435 miles).


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This notice was published: 2022-08-05 13:27:07