BYD Brasil confirmed on social media that YangWang U8 is coming to the largest Latin American country in May.
U8 is a hard-core 1,200 hp SUV from BYD’s flagship subbrand, YangWang, launched on September 20 in China. This is the first time BYD has commented on U8 export plans. U8 costs over 1 million yuan in China (150k USD).
BYD recently took over the old Ford plant in the northeastern state of Bahia, in Camaçari, which closed in 2021. It plans to invest 3 billion reais (620 million USD) to rebuild it into a modern EV manufacturing hub.
The Shenzhen-based company sells many EVs in Brazil, including premium sedan Seal, entry-level hatchback Dolphin, and Yuan Plus mid-size SUV (known as Atto 3 in some markets). Interestingly, it also sells the BYD Han and Tan duo, and it is not a typo – the BYD Tang SUV is called Tan in Brazil.
YangWang U8 is a giant SUV with dimensions (L/W/H) 5319/2050/1930 mm and a wheelbase of 3050 mm. It is 502 mm longer, 137 mm narrower, and 39 mm lower than the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. As for the wheelbase, it is 160 mm longer.
The car sits on an e4 platform and is equipped with a Disus-P hydraulic body control system, which allows the vehicle to rise and lower up to 150 mm.
Despite such enormous dimensions, it is only a 5-seater, not offering a third-row option. The curb weight is 3,460 kg.
Like Li Auto, U8 is an electric range extended vehicle (EREV). It means it has an ICE that works as a power generator for the battery but isn’t connected to the wheels. In this case, a 2.0L turbo powers a 49.05 kWh Blade battery with LFP chemistry inside. It is supplemented with Cell-to-Chassis (CTC) technology, which means the battery is integrated into the chassis. The range is 180 km under CLTC terms, and the comprehensive range with a full battery and 75-liter fuel tank is 1000 km.
ICE is mated with quad electric motors, each with a power of 220 kW. Total power is 880 kW with 1,280 Nm peak torque. Top speed is limited to 200 km/h, and 0-100 acceleration is 3.6 seconds.
Export and domestic sales
BYD accelerates its overseas sales. The company exported 25,023 vehicles in August, up 37% from the previous month. BYD plans to sell 3 million cars in 2023 with an optimistic target of 3.6 million. The company sold 1.8 million vehicles from January to August, so they must deliver a minimum of 1.2 million in the next four months.
BYD sells only NEVs (Chinese government term for BEVs, PHEVs, and FCEVs) as they ceased production of ICE-only vehicles in April last year.
BYD YangWang will start deliveries in October in China, and the presale price is 1.089 million yuan.