BYD India has launched the new Seal premium electric sedan in India at Auto Expo 2023, the brand’s third offering in the market. The new BYD Seal follows the e6 electric MPV and Atto 3 electric SUV and will be launched in the last quarter of this calendar year. BYD India Senior Vice President Sanjay Gopalakrishnan also confirmed that deliveries will start around Diwali.
The BYD Seal is a premium electric product that competes with the Tesla Model 3 in the global market. The model measures 4,800mm long, 1,875mm wide and 1,460mm high. Its design is derived from the Ocean X concept car shown in 2021. The model features a low-slung design and an aerodynamic body with a drag coefficient of just 0.21 cd. The Seal’s front is also feature-rich, with crystal LED headlights with boomerang-shaped LED DRLs and full-width LED taillights running the full length of the decklid.
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The cabin is nicely finished with soft-touch materials throughout. It also gets a 15.6-inch rotating touchscreen infotainment system, along with a larger 10.25-inch digital instrument console with a head-up display. The center console houses the drive selector and AC vents, as well as two wireless charging pads.
The BYD Seal is based on the automaker’s specific e-Platform 3.0 and works with the Blade battery pack. Globally, there are two battery options – 61.4 kWh and 82.5 kWh. The former has a range of 550 km on a single charge, while the latter has a range of 700 km (CLTC). The latter is likely to make its way to the Indian market this year. BYD also offers up to 150 kW fast charging capability for the larger battery pack, while the smaller pack is compatible with up to 110 kW fast chargers.
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Powertrain options for electric sedans include single PMS and dual motor options. India will get a more powerful dual-motor version with a total of 523 horsepower. The all-electric sedan has a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 3.8 seconds.BYD Seal will be a premium product and the price is expected to be in ¥650-700 thousand (ex-showroom, India). At this price point, the model will stand in stark contrast to the Kia EV6 and BMW i4.
In addition to the BYD Seal, the Chinese auto giant also revealed a limited edition of the Atto 3 in forest green, limited to 1,200 units. It’s also starting deliveries of the new standard Atto 3 to customers today.
First published date: Jan 11, 2023 at 14:27pm CST