BYD has formally launched the Dolphin EV in Malaysia. This is BYD’s second model in the product portfolio for the Malaysian market after the Atto 3 which went on sale in December 2022. The Dolphin electric hatchback is being offered to Malaysian customers in two variants– Standard Range and Extended Range.
The Standard Range model features a single electric motor that delivers up to 95 hp (70kW) of power and 180Nm of torque. In terms of acceleration, the automaker claims that this version can go from 0 – 100km/h in 12.3 seconds. Powering the vehicle is a 44.9kWh BYD Blade battery pack, which gives the Standard Range model a maximum traveling distance of 340km on a full charge. When it comes to charging, the Dolphin EV’s standard range model has a 7kW AC charger incorporated into the vehicle, but it also supports up to 60kW DC fast charging.
On the other hand, the Extended Range model of the Dolphin EV comes with a bigger 60.48kWh battery, giving it a much improved WLTP range of 427km and a punchier acceleration of 0 – 100km/h in just 7.0 seconds. It utilizes the same 7kW AC charger as the standard version but offers quicker DC fast charging of up to 80kW. Plus this variant has multi-link suspension rather than the standard model’s torsion beam system.
As for equipment, both variants come with automatic LED headlamps with High Beam Assist, LED DRLs, LED taillights, electrically heated and adjustable side mirrors, keyless entry and start, automatic air-conditioning with a PM2.5 air filter, a 5-inch digital instrument cluster, synthetic leather upholstery, a 12.8-inch rotating touchscreen infotainment system, wired Apple CarPlay support, navigation, 6 speakers and an electronic parking brake.
The Premium Extended Range adds the Dynamic Standard Range, with features like a panoramic glass roof, a wireless phone charger, powered front seats with ventilation function, rear LED reading lights, and one-touch up-down for all windows. The Premium version also gets 17-inch wheels instead of 16-inch ones in the Standard version.
When it comes to driver assistance features and safety, the two Dolphin models are almost identical. Both come with the standard array of passive systems (ABS, ESC, traction control, EBD), 6 airbags (front, side, and curtain), a tire pressure monitoring system, parking sensors (two front, three rear), and door open alert.
The price of BYD Dolphin is set at RM99,900 ($22,065) for the Standard Range model while the Extended Range model retails at RM124,900 ($27,580).
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