On December 9, BYD officially launched the Corvette 07 with a price range of 202,800 – 289,800 yuan ($29,150 – $41,650). Making its debut at the Chengdu Auto Show, the Corvette 07 is a 5-seater medium-sized SUV and a part of BYD’s ‘Warship Series.’ The SUV arrived at dealerships in China in mid-November with a presale price of 220,000 – 280,000 yuan ($32,000 – $40,750).
BYD’s Warship Series is a lineup of vehicles positioned just above the basic BYD lineup, and the Corvette 07 is the flagship SUV of the series. The Corvette 07 is available in six trims with three different battery configurations.
In terms of design, the SUV’s front has a complex design with a wide six-bar grille topped by a smaller grille with the luminous BYD logo taking a central position, flanked by the headlights. According to BYD, the grille design was inspired by “ripple waves.” Additionally, the SUV comes in five colors,
The car measures 4820/1920/1750 mm, with a 2820 mm wheelbase. At the rear, the unique roof spoiler, made of two parts, catches the eye. Also, a light bar stretches out over the rear with the words ‘Build Your Dreams’ in the middle.
Inside, the BYD Corvette 07 has a three-spoke steering wheel, a compact instrument panel, a heads-up display, and a huge floating rotatable main screen. All seats are made of suede material, and the car comes standard with a panoramic sunroof.
The Corvette 07 is BYD ‘s first model to support the iPhone NFC digital key. In addition to Android devices, iPhones and Apple Watches can unlock and lock the vehicle. The Corvette 07 is also equipped with Dynaudio speakers with up to 12 speakers and a power amplifier with a maximum power of 775W and SDVC noise-masking technology.
The BYD Corvette is a PHEV offered in two versions: DM-i and DM-p. Both configurations use a 1.5 turbo with 102 kW as a gasoline engine. The DM-i combines pairs with a single electric motor on the front axle, with a combined output of 197 hp. On the other hand, the DM-p combines the gasoline engine with two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear axle. With this, it can churn out 295 kW and 656 Nm.
The new SUV is offered with 18.3 kWh and 36.8 kWh batteries, with range options of 100 km, 175 km, and 205 km, respectively, with a comprehensive battery life of 1200 km. Sprint time from 0 – 100 km varies between 8.5, 8.9, and 4.7 seconds for different models. The comprehensive cruising range is as high as 1200 km, and the SUV supports fast charging with a maximum power of 75 kW.
The Corvette 07 supports AC and DC fast charging, and apart from the 100 km version (40 kW), all models support a maximum charging power of 75kW. Charging from 30% to 80% takes only 20 minutes, and the SUV is equipped with a VTOL mobile power station as standard. Besides the 100 km version, all other models support an external discharge power of up to 6.6kW.
Overall, the Corvette 07 has very little competition in the Chinese market, as plug-in hybrid vehicles are not common. Its biggest competition should be the BYD Tang, the only remarkable difference being the seat layout.