BYD Atto 3 EV has been finally launched in Malaysia. Available in two variants, being the Standard Range and Extended Range models, the Atto 3 is priced as:
- BYD Atto 3 Standard Range – RM149,800 (PKR 76.54 lac)
- BYD Atto 3 Extended Range – RM167,800 (PKR 85.73 lac)
The electric crossover is backed by a 6-year/150,000km warranty, an 8-year/160,000km battery warranty and an 8-year/150,000km motor warranty. For units purchased during the launch period, BYD is also giving away a free portable charger, a vehicle-to-load (V2L) extension cable and complimentary charging credits worth RM1,000 (PKR 51,095).
The Atto 3 EV gets a single electric motor at the front, producing 201hp and 310Nm of torque. It is juiced by a 49.9kWh battery, delivering a range of 345km on the Standard Range model. The Extended Range model gets a larger 60.5kWh battery enabling the Atto 3 to travel 420km on a single charge.
The Standard Range supports up to 70kW of DC fast charging, whereas the Extended Range is capable of 80kW, the latter filling the battery from 0 to 80% in 45 minutes. The Atto 3 can also be charged at up to 7kW using an AC wallbox, taking 9.5 hours to fully charge the bigger battery.
In terms of appearance, the only difference between the two variants are the wheels: the Standard Range rides on 17-inch alloys, while the Extended Range receives larger 18-inch wheels with a turbine design and dual-tone finish.
Inside, both the variants are solely available in an Eclipse Blue and Hazy Grey color scheme, with interior featuring organic curves and some steampunk-style details, including along the door cards where there are orange guitar-like strings forming the storage compartments.
The dashboard has a 12.8-inch floating touchscreen, which can be rotated at the touch of a button on the steering wheel to adapt portrait or landscape mode. It features a voice assistant and built-in navigation. Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto connectivity is wireless and will be added as part of a software update. A small 5-inch instrument display sits behind the steering wheel.
Both variants are reasonably well-equipped, coming with key-less entry and start, a smart key card, power-adjustable seats, automatic air conditioning, USB-A and USB-C ports front and rear, front and rear parking sensors and a 360-degree monitor. The Extended Range gets a few additional features such as 8 instead of 6 speakers, a Qi wireless charger, a PM2.5 cabin air filter, a powered tailgate and multi-color ambient lighting that syncs to the music being played.
In terms of safety, the BYD Atto 3 comes with 7 airbags (including a center airbag for the driver), stability control, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go and lane centering assist that enables Level 2 semi-autonomous driving. Other features include rear collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and a door opening warning.
Just like Thailand, the Atto 3 has received an overwhelming response in Malaysian market. Sime Darby Motors (SDM), the official distributor of BYD vehicles in Malaysia announced that it would have a full weekend of activities and test drives to celebrate the Atto 3. Taking place from December 9 to 11 at Bandar Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, the public were invited to register for the event, and as it turns out, many did. According to Jeffrey Gan, SDM’s managing director of retail and distribution for Malaysia, more than 4,500 test drive appointments have been made for this weekend.
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