Spy Shots: New BYD M5 MPV Will Get A Tesla-like Touch Screen

Spy Shots: New BYD M5 MPV Will Get A Tesla-like Touch Screen

Spy Shots showing the interior of the upcoming BYD M5, a new MPV that will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April and launch on the Chinese car market in Q3. Center piece is a giant vertical touch screen in Tesla-style. The dials however are analogue with a tiny screen in between.

The screen seems 12 inches wide and features very clear graphics, showing the aircon controls here.

But. The cheaper versions of the M5 don’t get all that fancy, they have to do with a much smaller screen and a separate aircon control panel. Also note the manual ‘box.

The high end M5 gets the same power train as the BYD Qin sedan: the 154 1.5 turbo plus and electric motor with 149hp and 200nm, good for a combined output of 303hp and 440nm. That is serious power. Gearbox will be a six-speed DCT.

The M5 will also be available with just the 154hp turbo, mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed auto, and  a full electric, about which we don’t have any specs yet.

Size: 4680/1800/1655, wheelbase is 2780.

BYD has released two teasers of the M5, showing the LED lights and, strangely, …

… a Song badge on the back. BYD has a habit calling their new cars after Chinese dynasties, but they already have a Song SUV. Perhaps they want to turn the Song name into a series of vehicles.

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