Auto Expo 2023: Chinese BYD Seal EV India launch by Q4 2023
By DECCAN CHRONICLE | Michael Gonsalves
PUNE: Chinese electric vehicle giant BYD – Build Your Dreams – showcased the all-new Seal electric sedan for the first time in India at the 16th edition of the Auto Expo 2023 in Delhi.
In addition to the Seal, BYD also showcased the Atto 3 electric SUV at the motor show.
The carmaker confirmed that the Seal EV will be launched in the Indian market by the fourth quarter of this year.
According to experts, the BYD Seal rivals the hugely popular Tesla Model 3 in international markets like the US and China.
BYD has confirmed the Seal's India launch by the fourth quarter of 2023, with deliveries also set to begin around the same time.
Bookings for the BYD Seal will commence sometime around September 2023, followed by a launch in October. It is estimated to be priced around Rs 70 lakh in India.
Apart from the Seal, BYD also has on display the Atto 3, which is priced at Rs 33.99 lakh. The carmaker also launched a limited-edition version of the Atto 3 with a special green paint scheme that has been priced at Rs 34.49 lakh.
The BYD Seal is a four-door EV featuring a coupe-like roofline and an overall futuristic design inspired by the 2021 Ocean X concept. The car has sleek headlamps, striking LED daytime running lights up front, a glass roof and flush-fitting door handles.
Inside, the BYD Seal comes with a dual-screen setup. A 10.25-inch screen displays the speed and other vital information in a digital format, while a 15.6-inch touchscreen takes centre stage. The car also gets features like a head-up display, wireless charging and a heated windscreen, among others.
The BYD Seal comes with two battery options – a 61.4 kWh unit offering 550 km of range and an 82.5 kWh pack with a claimed range of 700 km (CLTC-cycle). The base single-motor variant develops 201 BHP, while the one equipped with a larger battery packs 308 BHP.
The dual-motor Seal is available with the larger 82.5 kWh battery pack. It has a combined output of 523 BHP, which enables the car to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds.