BYD Qin Plus sedan seen testing with new DM 5.0 PHEV powertrain

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BYD is rapidly rolling out its DM 5.0 technology across its range. The latest model to be seen testing with the new PHEV system is the Qin Plus. A facelifted version of the BYD Qin Plus is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of this year.

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From the spy shot so far seen, changes in appearance to the BYD Qin Plus will likely be minimal. Around the front, the headlight clusters appear to have a fuller and narrower styling while the air vents at the bottom of the bumper are likely to be bigger. At the rear, there is still a through light bar but the tail light clusters themselves are slimmer.

It’s expected that there will also be minor tweaks to the interior of the Qin Plus. The biggest difference however will be the new powertrain. This will consist of BYD’s new DM 5.0 PHEV system. When the system debuted it was built around a BYD472QC 1.5 liter aspirated engine which accounts for one of the key metrics of the system – the 46.06% thermal efficiency. Since then every model except for the BYD Seal 07 DM-i has used this engine. Top spec versions of the Seal 07 DM-i get a 1.5 turbo engine but given that the Qin Plus is a smaller car than the Seal 07 we can expect that it will only use the less powerful 1.5 naturally aspirated engine.

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The other two key claims with the Qin L and Seal 06 DM-i (see specs) cars were 2.9 l/100 km fuel economy and 2,100 km range. With the Qin Plus being a sedan and smaller than these two cars we can assume that the performance of the system in the Qin Plus will be at least as good. Most probably there will be a choice from a 120 kW and 160 kW electric motor, as with the Qin L (see specs), which offer 210 Nm and 260 Nm of torque respectively. Also likely to be carried over are the 10.1 and 15.9 kWh battery packs. If these are used we should see all-electric ranges of 80 km and 120 km respectively, or maybe slightly better.

The current Qin Plus DM-i measures in at 4765, 1837, and 1495 mm and the wheelbase is 2718 mm. There is unlikely to be any major difference with the face-lifted version. It should be noted that the Qin L has a length of 4830 mm and is 160 kg heavier than the Qin Plus which gives more reason to believe that the range and fuel economy could be better with the Qin Plus.

Prices for the current BYD Qin Plus DM-i range from 79,800 to 125,800 yuan (10,980 – 17,300 USD).

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Source: Autohome

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