BYD ‘Hardcore’ High-End SUV Spied In China

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The best spy shots so far of BYD’s upcoming hardcore SUV. It is so called by Chinese media because it will be based on an old-school body-on-frame chassis. Many Chinese car makers are creating similar off-road capable vehicles. These are increasingly popular among young and affluent Chinese consumers living in big cities that like to go out camping in the mountains in the weekend.

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The new BYD SUV has a boxy design with a high ground clearance and short overhangs front and rear. It has thick pillars, wide wheel arches with a flat top, and an externally mounted spare tire

There is a lot ado about branding of the new SUV. Some say it will slot atop BYD’s current lineup, thus branded BYD. But others say the it will be part of a new high end brand called either 星际 (Xīngjì, Interstellar) or 星空 (Xīngkōng, Starry Sky). It is also possible that BYD will create a third series of vehicles, after the Ocean series and Warship series. BYD may still be undecided, or change its mind. This happens often with new brands/sub-brands/series/lines. So let’s wait and see how the branding thing pans out.

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An earlier spy shot of the interior. Very unusual. It doesn’t look like at all line any other BYD interior. Totally different design. A large instrument panel with an enormous fixed screen in the center, with three air vents on top. It appears that there will be a screen on the right side too.

The new SUV will get EV and PHEV power trains, with a max output of some 650 horsepower. All versions will be four-wheel drive. Top versions will get 4-wheel steering that supports ‘crab mode’ to offer greater vehicle maneuverability when you’re off-roading. It’ll be the most expensive BYD ever, with a base price of about 800.000 yuan (111.000 USD).

The taillights are located on the body. The door will open to the side. BYD will offer 5-seat and 7-seat versions. We expect to see the new ‘hardcore’ SUV in semi-concept form on the Guangzhou Auto Show next month. The real thing will launch on the Chinese auto market in Q2 2023.

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