2024 BYD Seal Range Detailed in Government Documents
September 29, 2023
China's renowned automaker, BYD, is gearing up to rival Tesla's Model 3 in the Australian market. New government documents reveal that the 2024 BYD Seal will be available in three distinct model variants.
Set to be released in Australia within the year, the BYD Seal will offer a trio of versions: Dynamic, Premium, and Performance. Pricing details remain under wraps but indications suggest it will be in the ballpark of its main contender, Tesla Model 3, which currently ranges from $61,900 to $71,900 excluding on-road expenses.
BYD's recent electric offering, the Dolphin hatch, followed a similar variant structure. This hints at the possible attributes the Seal variants might possess. The Dynamic edition is believed to feature a 150kW single electric motor paired with a 61.4kWh battery pack, notably lighter than its upper-tier counterpart. In Chinese tests, the Dynamic Seal showcased a commendable performance with 0-100km/h acceleration in 7.5 seconds and an estimated driving range of 550km — which translates to around 450km under European WLTP testing.
On the other hand, the Premium Seal promises a more robust setup. With an 82.5kWh battery and a 230kW rear motor, it's anticipated to achieve a 0-100km/h sprint in 5.9 seconds, boasting a WLTP estimated range of 570km. The high-end Performance Seal adds more power by incorporating a 160kW motor upfront. This combination produces an impressive 390kW, backed by an 82.5kWh battery, enabling it to accelerate from 0-100km/h in a mere 3.8 seconds. Moreover, this model can cover an estimated 520km on a single charge, according to WLTP figures.
Wheel specifications differ across variants. The Dynamic is set on 18-inch alloys wrapped in 225/50 tyres, while both Premium and Performance sport 19-inch alloys with 235/45 tyres.
Quick charging is a notable feature of the Seal. All models can zoom from a 30% to 80% charge in just half an hour, reaching up to 150kW for the larger battery models.
In terms of interior offerings, it's predicted that all Seal variants will maintain a consistent equipment level, differing mainly in battery size, motor power, and wheel dimensions. European standard features have included rotating touchscreens measuring 15.6 inches, a 10.25-inch digital display, a 12-speaker audio system, power-adjustable seating, wireless device charging, faux leather interiors, and a comprehensive range of safety tech.
More specific details regarding the 2024 BYD Seal, including its pricing and full specifications, will be unveiled closer to its Australian debut.
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