BYD’s Fang Cheng Bao Bao 5 applies for sales license, deliveries expected at year-end

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The first model from BYD‘s sub-brand, Fang Cheng Bao, the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Bao 5, applied for the sales license from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology this week.

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The SUV provides a lot of off-road optional accessories, such as a trailer hitch option with a maximum towed weight set at 2,500 kg. Bao 5 carries a 1.5T engine with an output of up to 143kW. The car also carries two electric motors. One in the front offers 200kW and one placed in the rear with 285kW output. The 31.75 kWh lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery offers 100km of NEDC range in the electric mode.

Bao 5 adopts a square design which plays well with its hardcore off-road SUV image. The front face is equipped with matrix headlights. The center is made of two sets of rectangular light sources. The outer side has three arrays of light bands with the entire light group going through the center grid. Fang Cheng Bao’s brand new LOGO is placed in the center of the front and integrated with horizontal spokes.

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The vehicle’s lower enclosure uses a protective plate. The roof is relatively straight and equipped with a roof rack, which not only meets the demand for headroom inside the car but also increases the functionality of the vehicle. In addition, the new car offers two suspension versions, the off-road style with coil spring suspension, and the city-style car, with the DiSus-P suspension, with a minimum ground clearance of 220mm and 310mm respectively.

Besides the trail hitch and electrical connectors, the SUV offers an electric side step that can be folded and a rearview camera as optional items.

The interior offers a floating center control screen. On the left and right side, an LCD instrument board is embedded, as well as an entertainment sub-screen. In front of the driver’s seat, there is a 50-inch AR-HUD. The new air conditioning vents are ring-shaped. The interior’s materials include a large number of piano lacquer veneers and tumbled leather to emphasize the sense of luxury. In addition, the car’s interior retains numerous buttons, including drive mode, four-wheel drive, and hybrid mode. The Bao 5 is also said to feature Devialet speakers, 11 airbags as standard across the range, and L2-assisted driving.

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The Bao 5 carries a BYD-made Dual Mode Off-road (DMO) Super Hybrid Platform. The platform offers 1,200 km of the comprehensive range and will be able to speed 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. The SUV’s 31.4 kWh battery supports slow charging at 6 kW and fast charging at 100 kW.

The Shenzhen-based automaker was always selling cars only under its BYD marque, but recently, the company introduced three new sub-brands. First, in December 2021, BYD took control over a former joint venture with Daimler–Denza. In January 2023, they launched YangWang and its first hardcore off-roader U8 PHEV. The latest is a Fang Cheng Bao which was internally launched in May.

Based on BYD’s statements, the brand will be positioned between Denza and YangWang in a price range of 400,000 – 600,000 yuan (56,000 – 86,000 USD). So all new BYD sub-brands are in the premium segment in China, but Denza will be the cheapest with a price range of around 400,000 yuan, and YangWang will be the most premium with a price tag of over 600,000 yuan.

Source: Dongchedi

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