BYD launches two hybrid cars with a range of over 2,100 km

BYD has officially launched the Qin L and Seal 06 hybrid sedans featuring the company’s fifth-generation Dual Mode (DM) technology at a grand ceremony held in Xi’an, China’s Shaanxi province.

Equipped with next-generation DM hybrid technology, the Qin L DM-i and Seal 06 DM-i promise to significantly reduce fuel consumption. These models are part of BYD’s commitment to advance new energy vehicles (NEVs) and enhance their efficiency and performance.

The Qin L DM-i is part of BYD’s Dynasty series and is priced between 99,800 and 139,800 yuan (Rs 3.8 million and Rs 5.38 million).

The Qin L features BYD’s “National Wave Dragon Face aesthetics,” with a distinctive Qin character at the front, highlighted by chrome bars and a large grille. Traditional door handles and a strong waistline extending from the front fenders to the rear doors characterize the car’s exterior. Rear light clusters, inspired by traditional Chinese knots, extend to the rear of the car.

In terms of dimensions, the Qin L measures 4830 mm in length, 1900 mm in width and 1495 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2790 mm, making it wider than the Seal 06 and larger than the Qin Plus. The suspension setup includes McPherson suspension at the front and a new E-type four-link independent suspension at the rear.

The interior of the Qin L is inspired by Chinese landscape paintings, incorporating elements of Chinese knots for a culturally rich design. The cabin has a less busy layout than the Seal 06, with physical buttons around the gear selector, a rotating 15.6-inch central infotainment screen and an 8.8-inch LCD instrument screen.

Standard features include six airbags, ETC, mobile phone NFC key, automatic air conditioning, one-touch window control for the driver’s side, tyre pressure monitoring system and a six-speaker audio system. Higher-spec models get additional features like a panoramic sunroof, Depilot L2 driving assistance system, electric adjustable front passenger seat, dashcam, 18-inch wheels, eight-speaker sound system and heated and ventilated seats.

BYD’s latest fifth-generation DM technology debuts in both the Qin L and Seal 06. This plug-in hybrid system optimizes the interaction between the engine and electric motor to enhance overall efficiency. The AI-powered energy consumption management system achieves a fuel economy of 34 km/l in NEDC mode and 10.7 kWh per 100 km in CLTC mode.

The hybrid system is based on a 1.5-litre engine with a maximum power output of 100 hp and 126 Nm of torque. Lower-spec versions offer an all-electric range of 80 km (CLTC) with a 10.08 kWh battery and a 160 hp electric motor that generates 210 Nm of torque. The higher-spec model has a 15.874 kWh battery, offering 120 km CLTC range, and a more powerful 214 hp EHS160 motor providing 260 Nm of torque. The combined range of these vehicles can reach up to 2,100 km (CLTC).

At the launch event, BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu handed over the keys to the first owners of the Qin L and Seal 06 DM-i cars, marking the start of BYD’s fifth-generation DM era. The event underscored BYD’s dedication to innovation and its leading role in the NEV sector.

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