BYD Song Plus competitor Neta L starts deliveries in China in April

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Neta co-founder and CEO Zhang Yong disclosed the Neta L crossover will start deliveries in April this year. It comes in both EV and EREV variants. The L SUV will rival the BYD Song Plus (Seal U in Europe) as Neta wants to amplify its sales performance in China.

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Neta is a Chinese NEV mainstream brand launched in 2018 by Hozon Auto. Its current line comprises four models: Neta Aya, Neta X, Neta S, and Neta GT. Among these models, the Neta S is the only car that comes in both all-electric and range-extended (EREV) versions.

In 2023, Neta sold 127,496 cars and fell short of the sales plan of 250,000 units. Last year’s insufficient sales performance resulted in a postponement of staff bonuses. Now, Neta eagerly wants to amplify its sales performance, and the Neta L crossover can become its driving force in the local market.

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Neta L launch and deliveries

Previously, the Neta L market launch was scheduled for March this year. Today, Neta co-founder and CEO Zhang Yong announced on Chinese social media Weibo that this crossover will start deliveries in April. The actual launch of the Neta L was postponed as Mr. Zhang mentioned that the Neta team is still discussing the product configuration. He underlined the company’s intentions to create a good product.

In the comment section under the post, Mr. Zhang mentioned that the EREV variant of Neta L will feature a 40.27 kWh battery from CATL. Previously, the Chinese regulator (MIIT) disclosed two smaller battery variants for the Neta L with a range extender: 30.1 kWh and 30.4 kWh for 164 km of electric range. Let’s get to detailed information about the Neta L.

More info about Neta L

Neta L is a mid-size crossover underpinned by the brand’s Shanhai architecture. Its dimensions are 4770/1900/1660 mm, and its wheelbase is 2810 mm. It is 15 mm shorter and 8 mm lower than the BYD Song Plus (Seal U).

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The electric variant of Neta L has a single 170-kW electric motor manufactured by CRRC Powertrain. It is powered by a 69 kWh LFP battery pack from SVOLT, a Great Wall Motor subsidiary. The range of electric Neta L reaches 510 km in the CLTC cycle. For comparison, the BYD Song Plus EV has 520 km of CLTC range as standard.

The EREV version adds a 1.5-liter 67-kW engine from Dongfeng to the same e-motor. Here, this ICE works only as a generator, powering the battery. As mentioned, this variant will have three battery options: 30.1 kWh and 30.4 kWh options from SVOLT and a 40.27 kWh pack from CATL.

Inside, the Neta L has five seats. Its center console has some Li Auto vibes because of a large twin screen. It also has a D-shaped steering wheel with a gear selector mounted behind it. The Neta L also has a thin instrument panel. Its center tunnel looks quite minimalistic, with two cup holders and a wireless phone charging pad. The second row of the Neta L has a center armrest and foldable tables.

The Neta L’s price has yet to be disclosed. CarNewsChina expects this crossover to be in the 150,000 – 250,000 yuan (20,800 – 34,700 USD) price segment. This year, Neta will also launch the station wagon called Neta SS. It also wants to boost the annual overseas sales to 100,000 cars. To achieve this goal, Neta constructed its first overseas plant in Thailand last year. Now, it also wants to launch the manufacturing process in Malaysia.

Source: Weibo

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