BYD Tang hybrid SUV debuts on the Beijing Auto Show

BYD Tang hybrid SUV debuts on the Beijing Auto Show

The BYD Tang hybrid SUV debuted today on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. The BYD Tang is a speedy hybrid SUV based on the BYD S7, which again is based on the good old BYD S6. The BYD Tang comes with an impressive front with a giant grille with lots of chrome, which will look even more heavy-loaded on a dark colored car.

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Wheels look awfully small in giant arches. Small wheels are a typical Chinese low-cost way to get fuel consumption down a little bit more. Smart and such, but it doesn’t look very good. Note ‘542’ badge on the door, standing for: 5 for the 0-100 acceleration in 5 seconds, 4 for four-wheel drive, two for fuel consumption of 2 liter per 100 kilometer.

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Five seconds is fast, so it needs power, and power it has. The Tang is propelled by BYD’s new DMII dual mode hybrid-drive system mating a petrol engine to an electric motor. The petrol engine is a 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder with 205hp and 320nm. The electric motor is the same unit as in the recently launched BYD Qin sedan; delivering 149hp and 200nm.

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Combined output of the power train in the Tang will be 354hp and 420nm, making the Tang the most powerful mass market hybrid SUV in the world. Price of the Tang will start around 300.000 yuan. Green-car subsidies of central and local governments will bring price at the dealer down to about 265.000 yuan or 42.000 USD. The Tang will hit the Chinese car market sometime in Q3.




14 thoughts on “BYD Tang hybrid SUV debuts on the Beijing Auto Show”

  1. I mean, did BYD run out of money to pay for some new wheels?

    Wow, the way things are going, BYD Auto won’t be around in five years.

  2. @Jeff,

    This isn’t really about design skills. You don’t even have to have a refined sense of proportions to be able to tell that these feels are too fucking small.

    The fact that BYD let this disaster to be displayed tells me that folks at BYD just don’t give a fuck anymore. This is a company in terminal decline.

    Expect BYD auto to fold within five years. The way it’s going right now, it deserves to be shut down TODAY.

  3. @Jeff,

    This isn’t really about design skills. You don’t even have to have a refined sense of proportions to be able to tell that these wheels are too fucking small.

    The fact that BYD let this disaster to be displayed tells me that folks at BYD just don’t give a fuck anymore. This is a company in terminal decline.

    Expect BYD auto to fold within five years. The way it’s going right now, it deserves to be shut down TODAY.

  4. I cannot imagine anything less important than the size of the wheels. 🙂 That’s a great car, showing which way has to be gone in the future (less pollution, less noise because of electric cars). But unfortunately humans often are like this: appearance seems to be more important than skills…

  5. @Jeff, it’s easy to get biggers wheels but a lot FUCKING harder to build a plug-in hybrid that can go from 0-100 in under 5 seconds. So quit bitching and if you really want big wheels get yourself a new set once you get the car.

  6. The small wheels look awful, but there might be a reason for it. The smaller wheels with the smaller diameter or circumference will be able to translate torque and power more efficiently than a big wheel. This is a trade-off if you want the under 5-second acceleration.

    The smaller wheels might actually mean better economy too, needing less power to get going and to maintain cruising speed. BYD claims 1.6 litres per 100 km, which means 147 mpg!

    BYD have badged the car “542” which, they explain, means 5-second acceleration, 4-wheel drive and (under) 2 litres per 100km.

    Of course, this has all to be proven scientifically with proper trials and in actual day-to-day use.

  7. 2nd gen. RX lookalike with a lousy name, Peugeot tail lamps, small wheels and a Kia grille. Pass.

    But that girl next to to it looks hot.

  8. I just remembered that the electric motors (two, I think) are attached directly to the wheels, which should explain the smaller size of the wheels. The smaller size will make the power and torque transmitted by the electric motors more efficiently giving it the extra boost of pick-up and even speed as electric motors theoretically can hit much higher revs than a gasoline engine.

    It’s not explained in this article but it’s what BYD is doing with their electric buses which are running (some trials) in many countries all over the world.

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