The BYD Seal EV became a massive success in China with 22,637 pre-sold units within just 6 hours of launch. BYD opened pre-sales of the Seal electric sedan which is seen as the rival of Tesla Model 3, on 20th May 2022.
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In terms of dimensions, the BYD Seal measures 4,800 mm long, 1,875 wide and 1,460 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,920 mm. It rides on BYD e-platform 3.0 and has various tech features onboard, such as CTB (Cell to Body), iTAC (intelligent Torque Control System) etc. Due to the low hood line and an aerodynamic shape, the Seal’s drag coefficient is extremely low at just 0.219 Cd (even better than the Porsche Taycan’s 0.22 Cd) helping it to achieve a greater drive range per recharge.
Exterior of BYD Seal
Styling-wise the BYD Seal is an evolution of the futuristic concept with similar dynamic lines and slightly toned-down features including the LED lighting units and the conventional wheels. Overall the model is a testament to the significant improvement in the design standards of Chinese automakers.
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The Seal’s interior has a lot of ‘ocean’ styling. For example, the air vents have a wavy pattern and are decorated with a delicate blue trim. The flat-bottom steering wheel has three spokes which resemble a fish’s tail. It features a 15.6-inch touchscreen which can rotate between landscape and portrait orientation.
Interior of BYD Seal
Seal is available in 4 variants, the first two being RWD and comes equipped with the 61.44-kWh battery for a 550-km range. The RWD Seal is available with the 230-kW (313 hp) motor and a smaller 150-kW (204 hp). The third trim gets a bigger battery with 82.56 kWh and a range of 700 km. As for the flagship Seal variant, it has a 4WD with a power output of 380 kW (517 hp) and a range of 650 km.
According to information, the planned annual production capacity for BYD Seal was 60,000 units. The Seal with a pleasing appearance, remarkable drive range, impressive power output, and a price that ranges between 212,800-289,800 RMB ($31,890-$43,430 USD) seems to have become BYD’s new top seller. The company has confirmed that the Seal will be sold in Australia from 2023 under the Atto 4 name, while it will also be made available in many other markets thereafter.
BYD is one of the leading Chinese automakers, with more than 730,000 vehicles sold in 2021. Earlier this year, BYD announced a complete switch to producing NEVs. BYD also is a leading car battery maker. In April 2021, it surpassed CATL to rank first with 4.19GWh of lithium iron phosphate batteries (LFP) installed on electric vehicles, accounting for 47.14% of the LFP market share.
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