BYD Song L DM-i is a 112km CLTC all-electric range SUV plugin hybrid

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It is only a month since we first brought you spy shots of a new BYD plugin hybrid SUV. Since then the story has moved quickly, we know the car is called the Song L DM-i and we now know that the CLTC all-electric range is 112 km as the car prepares to launch in the second half of this year. Current estimates of price put the new car in the 150,000 to 180,000 yuan range (20,650 – 24,750 USD).

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The BYD Song L uses the company’s DM 5.0 technology. For the Song L, the system uses the original 74 kW 1.5 engine as used in the Qin L and the Seal 06 DM-i (see specs) cars in conjunction with a 160 kW electric motor. Buyers have a choice from 18.316 and 26.593 kWh capacity battery packs. Using WLTC testing these give all-electric ranges of 91 km and 128 km respectively. The CLTC range is reportedly 112 km. Batteries are of course from BYD subsidiary FinDreams and are the blade lithium-ion phosphate battery.

When BYD’s DM 5.0 technology was released there were three key metrics 46.06% thermal efficiency, 2.9 /100 km fuel consumption, and 2,100 km range. While the engine’s thermal efficiency remains the same, other metrics are different from the larger SUV Song L to what the Qin L (see specs) and Seal 06 DM-i cars can achieve. Official WLTC Fuel consumption figures are 4.95 and 4.98 l/100 km respectively according to the two different battery pack sizes. It should be remembered that the 2.9 l/100 km claimed by BYD for the system was firstly with the smaller lighter cars and secondly uses CLTC rather than WLTC.

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The Song L measures In at 4780, 1898, 1670 mm (l/w/h) and the wheelbase is 2782 mm. Although the car bears the name Song L It has little relationship to the pure electric car with the same name. It most likely uses the same platform as the Qin L, which has a slightly longer wheelbase of 2790 mm.

At the front, the Song L DM-i adopts the dragon face design language and has a large front grill and narrow headlight clusters. The side is relatively simple and has hidden door handles. At the back there are through-type tail lights with 6 dragon scales inside, and the car also has the split rear spoiler similar to the original Song L.

From previous spy shots we can see that the interior of the Song L DM-i is quite similar to the Qin L DM-I. There’s a large floating central infotainment screen most likely 15.6 inches along with a fully digital embedded instrument panel. We can also see a four-spoke steering wheel which is typical of the dynasty family. There is a wireless phone charging pad with 15-watt power and the leather seats are sports style.

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Although there is currently no confirmed combined range figure Chinese sources estimate 2000 km, We will bring you more information about the song L DM-i in the run up to its launch later this year.

Sources: Autohome, Fast Technology

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