BYD Seal 06 was revealed by a government regulator in China. It is a plug-in hybrid sedan under the new Seal family, which belongs to the Ocean series.
BYD Seal was initially a sole product. However, BYD quietly turned into a whole product family, which now consists of Seal EV, Seal DM-i PHEV, Seal U (export name for Song Plus), and its newest member, Seal 06.
BYD applied for market homologation for Seal 06, and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) revealed the application today, including the pictures and critical specifications.
Seal 06 is a 5-seater with dimensions (length/width/height) of 4830/1875/1495 mm, respectively, and the wheelbase is 2790 mm. Based on the drivetrain option, the curb weight is 1660 kg or 1775 kg. The car will come with an optional sunroof.
In front, the PHEV adopts a very new Ocean series design. Unlike other Seal models, it doesn’t have signature “boomerang headlights” but features a new design, which we will call “double L” shape headlights. In the rear, the shape is similar to the BYD Seal DM-i, which has nearly the same width and height. The length has decreased by 130 mm, and the wheelbase is now 110 mm shorter.
Seal 06 is based on the DM-i hybrid platform and will come in two drive train variants with 120 kWh (TZ210XYB) and 160 kWh (TZ210XYC) electric motors manufactured in BYD’s Hefei factory. Both variants will feature in-house developed BYD472QC 1.5 liter ICE with 74 kW peak power. The maximum speed of both variants is capped at 180 km/h.
The battery will be a Blade battery with Lithium iron phosphate (LFP) chemistry from BYD’s subsidiary FinDreams. MIIT didn’t reveal the battery capacity, but according to CarNewsChina information, it will have two options with a capacity of about 10 kWh and 16 kWh battery packs good for 60 and 90-km CLTC ranges, respectively.
In November, BYD announced another new series called Sea Lion, which focused exclusively on SUVs and will launch three new cars in 2024, including the Sea Lion 06 SUV.
Seal 06 will be positioned under BYD Seal and Seal DM-i, more or less on the same level as the recently revealed BYD Qin L. The all-electric version will most likely be introduced later this year. With so many new models incoming, 2024 will be difficult for BYD to avoid cannibalizing sales among its lineup, as the Shenzhen-based automaker has over 100 models and trims on sale in China. We keep keep an eye on it.