2024 BYD Dolphin Mini (Seagull) starts at 9,700 USD in China

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BYD’s entry-level all-electric 5-door hatchback, the Dolphin Mini (Seagull) added a new edition to the mix in Mainland China. It is called the Honor Edition. It launched with a starting price of 69,800 yuan (9,700 USD). 4,000 yuan (555 USD) lower than the Dolphin Mini’s initial launch in April last year.

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Following the success of the BYD Dolphin in overseas markets, BYD renamed the Seagull as the Dolphin Mini for the South American launch. The BYD Dolphin Mini gained the nickname “Lamborghini-mini” not only because of its looks but Wolfgang Egger, the former Lamborghini designer’s involvement with the project. The Dophine Mini is targeted at younger consumers in day-to-day city conditions.

As part of BYD’s series of ocean-themed vehicles, the Dolphin Mini Honor Edition introduces colors called “Ice Blue” exterior and an interior color scheme called “Sea Blue.”

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The Dolphin Mini Honor Edition will deliver 55 kW of power and a torque of 135 Nm. The car uses two batteries and provides two range options: 305 km and 405 km (CLTC), with battery capacities of 30.08 kWh and 38.88 kWh respectively. It is built with BYD’s Blade Battery that utilizes lithium iron phosphate chemistry upon an e-Platform 3.0.

It is equipped with a 10.1-inch adaptive rotating touchscreen. The DiLink system supports video playback and voice interaction. The car is also integrated with Bluetooth and NFC entry. It comes with safety features such as four airbags, ESP, EPB, and heated exterior mirrors. Higher trim levels include additional front passenger-side airbags.

Options such as intelligent driving assistance, adaptive cruise control, active emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, and lane departure warning will also be available for the upper trim.

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BYD Dolphin Mini Honor Edition is available in three trim levels:

  • 305KM Active – 69,800 yuan (9,700 USD)
  • 305KM Free – 75,800 yuan (10,500 USD)
  • 405KM Flying – 85,800 yuan (12,000 USD)

Since its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April last year, the BYD Dolphin Mini has been a consistent bestseller. It achieved an annual sales record of 280,217 units in 2023. Its direct competitors include Wuling Bingo, Dongfeng Nammi 01, and JAC Yiwei 3 EV.

Source: BYD

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