BYD has announced the launch of its new entry-level electric hatchback, the Seagull, during the 2023 Shanghai Automobile Exhibition. The Seagull is part of the BYD’s Ocean series and is built on e-platform 3.0. The price is 78,800 – 95,800 RMB (11,400 – 13,900 USD) in China. BYD Seagull has started pre-sale.
BYD Seagull is powered by a 55 kW (75 hp) motor with a top speed of 130 km/h. It has two different battery options: a 30 kWh BYD LFP battery for a 305 km CLTC range and a 38 kWh BYD LFP battery for a 405 km CLTC range. Both battery options are capable of DC fast charging, allowing the Seagull to recharge up to 80% in just 30 minutes.
BYD Seagull’s dimensions are 3780/1715/1540 mm, with a wheelbase of 2500 mm. It has a 4-seater and 5-door configuration. It is positioned below the BYD Dolphin hatchback, with a higher price point of 116,800 – 136,800 RMB (16,700 – 19,600 USD) in China.
Inside, the Seagull features a 5-inch instrument cluster and a 12.8-inch infotainment system. The steering wheel has a flat bottom, a wireless charging pad, and two cup holders for convenience.
The direct competition of Seagull is Wuling Bingo. Wuling Bingo was designed by the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture, which offers slightly larger dimensions than the Seagull, a 50 kW motor, and a 333 km CLTC range for 59,800 RMB (8,700 USD).
BYD is the world’s worst car manufacturer. Wise Chinese customers prefer GM-Wuling or Tesla EVs because they are more reliable.
Do you have some data for that, like customer satisfaction survey or aftersales report, showing that BYD cars break more often?
Anyway, Seagull goes head to head with GM Wuling Bingo, so we can compare the sales soon.