The first model under BYD’s latest brand, Fang Cheng Bao, Bao 5, will officially go on sale on November 9. The off-road vehicle is currently offered in presale for 300,000 yuan (41,000 USD).
Fang Cheng Bao started the presale of Bao 5 in August at the Chengdu Auto Show. The company accepts pre-orders for a deposit of 1,000 yuan (140 USD), which will turn into a 3,000 yuan (410 USD) discount upon paying the car’s total price.
In September, the SUV’s interior images were revealed to the public. BYD claims that the interior design is based on the concept of ‘lock,’ which symbolizes connection and uniqueness. The interior features a triple screen that comprises a 12.3-inch instrument panel, a 15.6-inch 2.5K resolution central control screen, and a 12.3-inch entertainment screen for the front passenger. There is also an AR head-up display. The interior can accommodate five people comfortably with a 2+3 five-seater layout.
Bao 5 is the first model to use BYD’s new Dual Mode Off-road (DMO) Super Hybrid Platform and has the DiSus-P Hydraulic body control system. Its four-wheel drive system comprises a 1.5T engine and dual motors. The engine outputs 143 kW/273 Nm while the two motors each output 200 kW/360 Nm and 285 kW/400 Nm, respectively. The car goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. The fuel consumption rate is 7.8 L/100km. Additionally, its 31.8 kWh Blade battery pack provides a 125 km CLTC range in the electric mode. Its total range is 1,200 km.
The Fang Cheng Bao is the fifth BYD brand, which debuted this year as an off-road new energy vehicle (NEV) brand. It plans to launch about 100 stores in 60 cities across China, taking over the space from premium automakers, such as Maserati, BMW, and others. The Fang Cheng Bao’s model line will comprise three models in the future: Bao 3, Bao 5, and Bao 8. BYD has confirmed that the Bao 5 will be followed up by a smaller model dubbed the Bao 3 and a larger one known as the Bao 8.