BYD has released the first official images of the BYD Yuan and BYD Song, two SUV’s scheduled for debut on the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show that starts on April 20. They are called ‘concept cars’ but they are really very close to reality. The blue car is the BYD Yuan, it is the hybrid variant of the petrol-powered BYD S1 sub-compact SUV.
The BYD S1 will be launched on the Chinese car market in the second half of the year, and the Yuan will follow just before year’s end. The hybrid drivetrain will consist of a 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor. Total output will be somewhere in the region of 150 horses.
This shiny vehicle is the BYD Song, the hybrid version of the upcoming BYD S3 SUV. The S3 is ready to roll and the production version is expected for debut on the Shanghai show as well, although BYD hasn’t confirmed that yet. The production version of the Song will then debut later in the year, likely on the Chengdu Auto Show in September.
The hybrid drivetrain will consist of a 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor. Total output will be somewhere in the region of 200 horses, and we are hearing rumors about an extra racy version with 250 hp, similar in style to the manic BYD Tang Ultimate Edition.
The Song won’t have the same 303 HP power configuration as the Qin? That’s surprising.
To confirm, you’re talking American HP, not kW, right? Those numbers look a little low, but if they’re kW 200 and 267 hp is acceptable for what you’re looking at.
One of the things that’s pretty much ruined BYD’s sales is that none of their earlier electrics / hybrid electrics were sporty; the BYD e6 is famous for having trouble going up hills, relegating its status to being a taxi-cab. The Qin was a breakout only because the car is comparable in power to budget sports cars at about a third higher price after rebates.