The Chinese showed a luxury electric sedan the size of a Hyundai SonataJanuary 19, 2020
Three-volume model Han will become the flagship of the company VID
Chinese company BYD announced the first premiere of the luxury business sedan Han and shared a photo of the new product. The model will enter the local market in a hybrid and “pure” electric version in the second half of the year, and the public debut will be timed to coincide with the Beijing Auto Show in late April.
BYD did not disclose technical details about the model, saying only about a record low drag coefficient – Cx = 0.233. This is better than the Tesla Model S (Cx = 0.24), but worse than the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class (Cx = 0.22). It is known that electrified sedans will be equipped with advanced lithium-iron-phosphate batteries, but there is no official information on the power reserve without recharging.
Chinese journalists managed to find out the dimensions of the new items from the open base of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The certification documents stated that the length of the sedan will be 4980 millimeters, width – 1910 millimeters, height – 1495 millimeters, wheelbase – 2920 millimeters, and the maximum allowable tire size – 245/45 R19. By size, BYD Han will be comparable to the new Hyundai Sonata (length 4900 mm) or Tesla Model S (length 4978 mm).
It is interesting that Han will enter the market with two “faces”: the hybrid and electric versions have very different external panels – there are different bumpers, radiator grille, fenders, hood and front optics! It is easiest to distinguish an electric car by its “solid” radiator grill and black inserts on the rear bumper.
The data on the power plant are contradictory: for the hybrid version, a 192-horsepower “turbo four” with a volume of 2.0 liters and a 245-horsepower electric motor are supposedly to be announced. The total return of the system is kept secret. Electric Han can be rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and is equipped with one or two electric motors. The base electric car will receive a 222-horsepower electric motor on the rear axle, and in the top version the sedan will be equipped with another 272-horsepower electric motor.
Salon BYD Han has not yet been disclosed, but according to Chinese media, the sedan will receive an interior identical to the “younger” Qin model. This means that the flagship will announce a 12.8-inch multimedia display, a digital dashboard and a two-spoke steering wheel in the style of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Despite the fact that the Chinese authorities are gradually reducing subsidies for electric cars, the diversity of electric models in the Middle Kingdom is growing. For example, Tesla intends to launch a special compact inexpensive model to please Chinese consumers and is even ready to develop a design taking into account local preferences.
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