The BYD Dolphin Champion Edition has already arrived at dealers in China and is getting ready for the market launch. The domestic Dolphin will become closer to its European sibling thanks to the new version. Its sales start is scheduled for February.
Our regular readers know BYD Dolphin has two variants: domestic and European. The first modification features smaller dimensions, a torsion beam rear suspension, less power, and a smaller battery. BYD sells both domestic and European Dolphins in overseas markets. Now, the Chinese automaker has prepared the upgrade for the domestic hatchback. It will enter the market as Dolphin Champion Edition.
Dolphin Champion Edition enhancements
The BYD Dolphin Champion Edition stays in line with its predecessor in terms of exterior design. It is a four-door hatchback finished in Ocean Aesthetics design language from ex-Audi veteran Wolfgang Egger. The fine features of the Dolphin Champion Edition are new rims with low drag coefficient, tinted rear windows, and a new body color called Atlantis Gray. Its dimensions remained the same at 4125/1770/1570 mm and a wheelbase of 2700 mm.
Inside, the BYD Dolphin Champion Edition follows the ‘old’ design language with a 12.8-inch floating rotatable screen, a small 5-inch LCD instrument cluster, and a three-spoke wheel. However, the new modification has a few enhancements, including a Type-C interface and a wireless phone charging pad.
The powertrain of the BYD Dolphin Champion Edition has a single electric motor in the front axle for 70 kW. Depending on the battery (45 kWh and 60 kWh), the new hatchback will offer two range variants: 420 and 520 km. Its predecessor has the same e-motor and a 401-420 km range. The chassis of the Champion Edition features a rear multi-link suspension system that replaces a torsion beam. This addition will enhance the driving comfort of the Dolphin.
As we can see, the BYD Dolphin Champion Edition has a bigger battery, an enhanced suspension, and some additional functions. It has become closer to its European sibling. The price range of the BYD Dolphin Champion Edition has yet to be revealed. Its market launch is scheduled for February 2024. In January last year, BYD sold 26,814 units of Dolphin hatchbacks. As a result, it was outsold by the Wuling Bingo (27,458 units).