BYD reveals luxury electric SUV brand

BYD’s promised high quality sub-manufacturer has launched its first car or truck, the Yangwang U8, a rugged-seeking SUV in the mould of the Land Rover Defender – but with 4 electrical motors.

Studies from the start in China currently clearly show an upright layout with a blingy grille, headlights fairly like a Nissan Patrol, squared-off wheel arches with sheet metal blistering, aerodynamic flush door handles, and a chunky D-pillar forward of the tailgate-mounted spare wheel.

But fairly than becoming mechanically like a Defender it is a lot more akin to the upcoming all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQG, even though at a noted 5300mm it is more time even than a GLS.

The new Yangwang U8 will reportedly use an in-residence four-motor EV program, employing 4 (IP68 sealed) electric powered motors to travel every wheel directly and a central control unit.

This kind of a technique theoretically offers you much more quickly and much more specific torque allocation, and even the ability to pull off a 360-degree arc on the spot.

Translated slides from the BYD party point out the utmost program output is some 1100hp, which is about 820kW, enabling what seems to be a -100km/h prospective of about 3 seconds.

It will by natural means use one particular of BYD’s in-residence ‘Blade’ batteries, but there is not a lot out there with regards to array. So far the Blade batteries have used LFP chemistry.

BYD did not feel to expose the car’s interior, but the Yangwang manufacturer is designed to be a luxurious supplying.

When there was no point out of selling price at the launch occasion, it is predicted to charge about 1 million yuan ($A213,000), producing it a substantial stage up for BYD.

BYD may be among the most ambitious, but it will not be the first Chinese automaker to spin off a additional upmarket, SUV-centered model. Fantastic Wall Motor has two: Wey and Tank, though Chery has its Jetour brand name.


It’s much too early to say if BYD will at some point increase Yangwang further than China and into proper-hand travel markets. BYD in Australia is now rolling out its mainstream EV range, having started out final 12 months with the Atto 3 and bringing the Seal sedan and Dolphin hatch this yr.

There are a lot more photos in the gallery. What do you think?

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