The new BYD Yuan compact SUV has been launched on the Chinese car market, sporting a very nice albeit a bit busy design. Price for the petrol versions starts at 59.900 yuan and ends at 121.900 yuan. Price for the hybrid version starts at 209.800 yuan and ends at 249.000 yuan. The hybrid thus is 88.000 yuan more expensive than the top-spec petrol version, but there is a good reason for that.
But first about badges. From now on BYD will put the car’s name on the grille, instead of the BYD logo. Here we have the old-style character ‘yuan’ in white in a round black badge. There is still a small BYD logo on the right side. BYD is going to do this on all their cars with a one-character name.
Two tone paint, an enclosed D-pillar, roof rails, black wheel arches, and a giant spare wheel cover; everything a modern compact SUV in China needs. No power, there are three kinds:
1. 1.5 liter with 109hp and 145nm, mated to a five-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive.
2. 1.5 liter turbo with 154hp and 240nm, mated to a six-speed DCT, front wheel drive.
3. the big one: the hybrid. petrol engine is the turbo-less 1.5 with 109hp and 145nm. This engine is combined with two electric motors each powering one rear wheel. The combined power of the two motors is 147hp and 250nm, making for a grand total of 256hp and 395nm! Transmission is the six-speed DCT. The petrol engine powers the front wheels, and the electric motors the rear wheels.
This mad amount of power is enough for a 0-100 in 4.9 seconds! Range on pure electric is a very neat 85 kilometer. Combined fuel consumption is 2 liter per 100 kilometer. Brilliant stuff.
All specs as claimed by BYD.
The car on the photos is the 1.5 turbo. We will do a separate post with an extra load of photos of the hybrid version later on.
Size: 4320/1765/1630, wheelbase is 2520.
Same design as the exterior: very nice but a bit busy. Steering wheel with the Yuan logo, no BYD here either. Orange on the wheel the same as the orange on the seats. Orange seats are fashionable among local Chinese automakers. Touch screen is huge for the segment.
The system features Baidu CarLife (allows the on-board infotainment system to work with popular Baidu apps), permanent 4G internet, Bluetooth, and w WiFi hot spot.
The six-speed DCT ‘box with a plastic-carbon fiber panel around it.
They could have done some orange on the back of the front seats, just for a complete picture. Bench is flat but big enough for two adults and grandma.
The Yuan is equipped with an air filter that will kill those murderous PM2.5 particles.
If that does the lungs too many good you can have a smoke.
BYD designers went crazy on the rear lights, with an interesting result. Proper BYD badge there. Note again the size of the spare wheel cover. Big enough for all four wheels.
Very neat under the bonnet. See, Hyundai?
The rear door is huge and opens to the left…
… with the door handle hiding in the light!
BYD is by far the most mature Chinese auto brand on the market (along with maybe Haval) and the only one that is remotely capable of competing with Western companies on an even level. I see great things ahead for them if they keep up with their current direction.
Geely is leading though. SAIC, Zotye (if they start making original cars), GAC, BAIC and maybe Changan might catch up sooner or later.
The red BYD yuan logo on the steering wheel clashes a bit with the rest of the interior. If the interior design is a bit more racy, it would fit the look that BYD is pushing for and help them secure their demographic.
It’s just a modified Ford Ecosport.
The copy is better than the original.