BYD’s Fang Cheng Bao unveiled budget SUV Super 3 with drone port and Bao 8 flagship

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Fang Cheng Bao held the Spring Conference on April 16 and unveiled three new cars: the concept SUV Super 3 for the young generation, the flagship SUV Bao 8, and the supercar convertible Super 9.

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Super 3/Bao 3

The entry-level Super 3 concept will be renamed Bao 3 once it reaches production. It is a mid-size, 4.7-meter-long, rugged, and exaggerated SUV focused on young buyers. Fang Cheng Bao claims that Super 3 “highlights the personality of young people.” It features a drone port on the roof, which, according to the company, provides a “car-to-sky” experience.

The overall design is fierce, with large off-road tires, massive fenders, and high-ground clearance.

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Unlike its sister model, the Bao 5, which is a PHEV, the Bao 3 will be fully electric. As if the futuristic design were not enough, BYD calls the Bao 3’s chassis “Star Wars” inspired. It has hidden door handles and electronic rear-view mirrors. Wide wheel arches and a rear-mounted spare tire give it hard-core vibes.

Super 3/Bao 3 will debut publicly at Auto China 2024 in Beijing next week. CarNewsChina expects the price to be around 200,000 yuan (27,600 USD), and launch in fourth quarter.

Bao 8

While the Bao 3 is set to be the entry-level SUV in the Fang Cheng Bao family, the Bao 8 (Leopard 8) is expected to be the brand’s flagship SUV. It is not a concept but nearly production-ready.

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It is positioned as a large SUV and sits on BYD’s Dual Mode Off-road (DMO) hybrid platform. It will feature a three-row seat layout and be equipped with BYD’s Disus-P suspension system.

The boxy design is nice and tidy. It slightly resembles the flagship of its sister brand, YangWang U8. It also features a lidar on the top of the windshield. Bao 8 will most likely be a PHEV or EREV.

Once launched, it will compete with the Toyota Land Cruiser or Tank 700 Hi4-T, and CarNewsChina expects the base price to be around 500,000 yuan (69,000 USD) and market entry in the third quarter.

Bao 5

Bao 5 (Leopard 5) SUV launched last November and delivered 3,550 units in March, up 53% from 2,310 units in February. Cumulative deliveries are over 20,000 units, according to BYD. It is positioned between the upcoming Bao 3 and Bao 8, starting at 289,800 yuan (40,000 USD) in China.

BYD sold 3 million vehicles in 2023 and plans to increase to 3.6 million in 2024. Aside from the BYD badged cars, it has three new brands – relaunched Denza, Fang Cheng Bao, and YangWang.

Fang Cheng Bao literary translates as Formula Leopard in English. The Bao 5 is sometimes called Leopard 5, despite the official English name not yet revealed.

Fang Cheng Bao launched in the summer of 2023 and has already unveiled four new cars. from the left: Bao 3, Bao 5, Bao 9, Bao 8. Credit: FCHB

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