Precisely a yr to the day it was first proven within the nation, the BYD Seal has been previewed once more, occurring show on the BYD 1st Anniversary: Past Desires Celebration occasion at Bukit Kiara Indoor Enviornment this weekend. This time, nevertheless, the showcase could be very a lot a precursor to the EV’s market debut in Malaysia, with the automotive slated to make its market debut someday within the first quarter of 2024.
Designed as a premium phase competitor that can take the combat to automobiles just like the BMW i4 and the Tesla Mannequin 3, the Seal is a four-door coupe-styled sedan with a sloping roofline and quick rear deck. Measuring in at 4,800 mm lengthy, 1,875 mm vast and 1,460 mm tall, with a 2,920 mm-long wheelbase, it’s constructed on the automaker’s e-platform 3.0, which additionally underpins the Atto 3 and Dolphin EVs.
In contrast to its siblings, the Seal makes use of an 800V electrical structure platform like higher-end EVs such because the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT. By way of variants, three are anticipated for Malaysia, mirroring that seen in close by markets resembling Singapore, Thailand and Australia, the place the Seal has already gone on sale.
The bottom model would be the Dynamic Commonplace Vary rear-wheel drive, which contains a single electrical motor providing 201 hp (204 PS or 150 kW) and 310 Nm of torque, which will get the automotive to 100 km/h from standstill in 7.5 seconds. A 61.4 kWh Blade lithium-iron phospate (LFP) battery gives as much as 460 km of journey (WLTP cycle )on a single cost.
Sitting within the center is the Premium Prolonged Vary, which additionally has a single-motor rear-wheel drive configuration, however with a better output and battery capability. Right here, the electrical motor dishes out 308 hp (313 PS or 230 kW) and 360 Nm, with a better capability 82.5 kWh LFP battery offering the automotive with as much as 570 km of vary.
The range-topping variant is the Efficiency AWD. As its suffix suggests, it has a dual-motor powertrain with a 215 hp/310 Nm entrance motor being added on to the 308 hp/360 Nm rear unit to supply it a complete output of 523 hp (530 PS or 390 kW) and 670 Nm. It has the identical 82.5 kWh battery seen on the Premium ER, though the bump in efficiency signifies that its efficient vary is decrease, with a quoted 520 km of WLTP-rated journey on a single cost.
By way of charging, the Seal in its base Dynamic kind helps AC Kind 2 charging at as much as 7 kW – with 8.6 hours to get the battery charged from 0-100% – and DC charging (CCS2) at as much as 110 kW. Each the Premium ER and Efficiency AWD additionally function 7 kw AC Kind 2 charging, with a 0-100% charging time of 15.2 hours, however the DC charging functionality on each is uprated to 150 kW, with 37 minutes wanted to get the battery from a ten to 80% state of cost (SoC)
The proper-hand drive preview unit is shod with 19-inch wheels, that are wrapped with 235/45 profile Continental EcoContact 6 Q rubbers, and the absence of Efficiency-specific badging on the rear suggests it to be a Premium ER variant. The Dynamic SR rides on 18-inch items and 225/50 tyres. By the way, the unit was locked, so the images of the inside you see right here had been snapped from outdoors the automotive.
Remaining pricing for the BYD Seal hasn’t been indicated, however gross sales advisors on the occasion have recommended that estimated pricing of the EV will begin from round RM180k for the Dynamic, with the Premium ER anticipated to be priced at round RM200k, and the Efficiency, within the area of RM220k. What do you suppose? Can the Seal take the combat to the Tesla Mannequin 3 Highland right here?
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