BYD’s Model 3 killer? BYD Seal spied

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BYD is hard at work testing the BYD Seal, the second in its “Ocean-X” family of cars. Developed on BYD’s electric e-platform 3.0 architecture, the Seal is a sedan roughly the size of the Tesla Model 3. In order to compete with the Model 3, the Seal will likely have slightly better specs, performance, range, and pricing.

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From the model displayed at the “Ocean-X” event, we can see that the Seal will have a slippery, aerodynamic form; Even though the front may look a bit over-designed, the stance and flow seem attractive.

Recently, someone spotted a heavily camouflaged prototype of the BYD seal undergoing testing. Despite the heavy camo, we can tell that the wheelbase is VERY long (2900mm!); giving plenty of interior space, good driving dynamics, and nice proportions.

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Interior-wise, not a lot can be seen. From the spy shot, we see a large panoramic sunroof with sporty front seats. Long rear windows suggest lots of room for rear passengers- something Chinese car buyers appreciate, of course.

Measuring 4770/1860/1460mm, the Seal sits between the Qin Plus and Han. Not surprisingly, the Seal uses BYD’s puncture-resistant Blade batteries; these give the car an 800V system with up to 700km range (capacity currently unknown). 0-100km/h (0-60MPH) time is a neck-bending 3.3 seconds with the optional 4WD system!

Production will happen at BYD’s Changzhou plant, with an annual capacity of 60,000 units- giving the sales projection of 5,000 units a month.

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We’ll keep reporting on the BYD Seal as information comes in, but for now, BYD seems to have a winning formula; will it give the Model 3 a run for its money?

Source: Diandong

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