BYD Seal EV Spotted in India; Bookings Available

BYD Seal EV Spotted in India; Bookings Available

BYD, the prominent electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, is set to introduce its latest offering in the Indian market: the Seal sedan. Recently spotted near Chennai, the Seal sedan is expected to hit the market in early March 2024, with unofficial bookings already underway. This sedan which made its debut at the Auto Expo 2023, comes with notable features and specifications that position it as a strong contender in the EV segment.

Exterior Highlights

The Seal sedan boasts dimensions of 4,800mm in length, 1,875mm in width, and 1,460mm in height. Drawing design cues from the Ocean X concept and adhering to BYD's "ocean aesthetics" design language, it presents a sleek and modern appearance. Noteworthy exterior features include a coupe-like all-glass roof, flush-fitting door handles, boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights, a split headlamp design, and a full-width LED light bar at the rear.

Features and Technology

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BYD Seal EV Interior View

Inside the Seal sedan, passengers can expect a range of advanced features and technology. A rotating 15.6-inch infotainment display, similar to that found in the Atto 3 SUV and e6 MPV, takes center stage. The driver benefits from a separate 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a head-up display for enhanced visibility. Convenience features include a drive selector, a floating touchscreen encircled by central air conditioning vents, and standard controls for the audio system level and heated windshield. Gloss black inserts, contrasting dashboard shades, and integrated speakers contribute to the overall premium feel.

Powertrain Options and Range

The Seal sedan offers two battery options globally: a 61.4kWh unit providing up to 500km of range and an 82.5kWh unit offering up to 700km of range. Both batteries feature blade technology and support fast charging, with the larger battery capable of charging at speeds of up to 150kW. The Seal sedan comes with two powertrain options: a single-motor and dual-motor setup. Indian models are expected to feature the dual-motor, all-wheel drive configuration, producing a combined output of 530hp and achieving a claimed 0-100kph time of 3.8 seconds.

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BYD Seal EV Rear View

India Launch Details and Rivals

While unofficial bookings for the Seal sedan have already commenced, deliveries will begin once prices are announced. Industry experts anticipate a starting price of around Rs 50 lakh. The Seal sedan will mark BYD's third product launch in the Indian passenger vehicle segment, following the Atto 3 SUV and the e6 MPV. Positioned to rival models like the Kia EV6 and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 the Seal sedan aims to capture a significant share of the Indian EV market.

Global Competition and BYD's Advantage

Globally, BYD has established itself as a leading player in the EV market, outperforming competitors like Tesla in terms of sales volume. Despite Tesla's efforts to enter the Indian market, BYD holds a strategic advantage, having already entered India in 2021 and launched two models. While Tesla's plans for India remain uncertain pending government approval BYD is poised to capitalize on its early market presence and solidify its position in the rapidly growing Indian EV industry.