A new BYD Han spotted in China with Lidar and DM 5.0 PHEV system

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Spy shots have emerged of yet another new BYD. This one is a sedan and is believed to be a new Han. Most significantly the car is reported to use BYD’s new DM 5.0 technology for its powertrain and a Lidar unit is visible in at least some of the spy shots.

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The car seems visually larger than the Seal 07 DM-i. While the new sedan seems to be at an early stage of testing as evidenced by the temporary front and rear taillights installations, we can still get some idea of the overall look of the new car. At the front the latest Dynasty series design language is carried through and there will be a central grille along with probably quite large headlight clusters.

From the sides, the car seems to retain much of the current Han lines while the rear is quite chunky. One of the spy shots clearly shows a roof-mounted Lidar unit and so we can expect top spec models to have significantly upgraded driving assistance features to those currently available in the Han.

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The new car is believed to be powered by BYD’s DM 5.0 technology which debuted last month. This fifth-generation PHEV technology was first seen in the Qin L and Seal 06 DM-i cars which boast three headline figures of 46.06% thermal efficiency, 2.9 l/100 km fuel consumption and 2,100 km range. BYD’s use of NEDC for the fuel consumption figure has attracted a lot of controversy especially when MIIT uses WLTC for official listings – the best figure for the two cars under that regime is 3.8 l/100 km.

Given that the new car seems considerably larger than the Qin L (see specs) and Seal 06 DM-i (see specs) we can expect fuel consumption to be worse and additionally the maximum range will probably be lower. Our best indication of what to expect is the Seal 07 DM-i which was recently declared. Depending on version the fuel consumption figures are 4.2, 4.4 and 4.7 l/100 km for that car. The Seal 07 DM-i has a choice between 10.08 and 17.626 kWh battery packs which are meant to be good for all electric ranges of 55 and 100 km respectively. It should be noted that the 4.7 l/100 km figure is for the version which uses the more powerful 1.5T engine with maximum power of 115 kW, all previous DM 5.0 cars used a 74 kW 1.5 engine. The Han will almost certainly offer this engine in some versions.

Editor’s note:

Some Chinese sources are calling this a second-generation Han. This may or may not be the case, however, from the spy shots it looks more like it uses that existing Han’s styling as a starting point rather than being a new generation. Most likely this car will be known as the Han DM-i with perhaps a letter or number.

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Sources: Fast Technology, Autohome

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