BYD Sea Lion & BYD Seagull EVs to follow the Seal/Atto 4: Report [Update]

Update: ‘BYD Seagull’ section updated with interior details.

In 2021, BYD launched the Dolphin as the first model to adopt the marine design concept. A report from d1ev.com from January 2022 suggests that the company is working on three new marine-themed models for this year: BYD Seal, BYD Sea Lion, and BYD Seagull. Allegedly leaked material floating on Chinese portals reveals several details about these future BYD electric car models, with the Seal now officially confirmed and waiting for its debut.

BYD Seagull

The BYD Seagull (codename: BYD EQ) will belong to China’s A00+ car segment. With prices falling between CNY 60,000 and 80,000 (USD 8,850-11,801), this model will target EV customers with a tight budget, or customers looking to add a secondary car to their garage.

Spy pictures circulating in the Chinese web portals reveal that the road-testing of the BYD Seagull had started earlier in 2022. The smallest of the new BYD electric cars features a smooth front fascia, sweptback, wedge-shaped headlamps, and a large windshield. BYD has used a single wiper on the Seagull, which is clever cost-cutting. The beltline swings up from behind the B-pillars, and at the back, there is a roof spoiler.

BYD Seagull spy shot
The BYD Seagull would be a A00+ (small) segment model which could focus on the Chinese market. Image Source: CarNewsChina

On August 12, 2022, autohome.com.cn published spy shots of Seagull’s interior. Apparently, the interior design of the upcoming electric hatchback is similar to the Dolphin and Seal to some extent. The steering wheel is a three-spoke, flat-bottomed unit with metallic inserts, a scroller on the right spoke, and a toggle switch on the left spoke. The instrument cluster is a compact, free-standing display. The touchscreen infotainment system and the cylindrical panel of physical controls (including the gear selector) on the center console look lifted straight from the Dolphin. However, unlike the larger hatchback, the Seagull has traditional, rectangular AC vents.

The BYD Seagull could be a premium alternative to the Wuling MINI EV. BYD’s new electric vehicle was scheduled to break cover in July 2022, but that did not happen. We may get our first official look at the car in the coming weeks.

BYD Sea Lion

The BYD Sea Lion (codename: BYD UX), as per Chinese reports, will also be revealed in the second half of the year. It will reportedly be an SUV competing with the Tesla Model Y, which puts it above the Yuan Plus within the BYD lineup. The mid-size electric SUV will cost between CNY 200,000 and 250,000 (USD 29,502-36,877). It could have plenty in common with the BYD Seal, the upcoming electric midsize sedan that will compete with the Tesla Model 3, Xpeng P5, and Nio ET5. Expect the Sea Lion also to come fitted with the BYD Blade battery.

Chinese reports, based on details observed in a spy picture (see on carnewschina.com), say that the BYD Sea Lion could be the production version of the BYD X Dream concept (pictured above) that debuted at Auto China 2021. BYD said during the presentation that the concept features the brand’s “well-received” Dragon Face design language and uses Chinese knot elements, which will be a key feature on the design front of future vehicles.

The Sea Lion has a typical modern crossover design with a sloping roofline, rising beltline, sleek greenhouse, and raked back glass. It appears to feature swept-back headlamps, a sporty front bumper with pentagon-shaped outer ends, and a prominent roof spoiler as well. The charging port is likely above the right-side rear wheel arch.

The Sea Lion will reportedly measure 4,770 mm in length, 1,910 mm in width, and 1,620 mm in height. It will have a 2,900 mm-long wheelbase. The SUV’s interior will likely be minimalist but more practical and realistic than the concept. One of the spy pictures reveal it featuring the Seal’s floor console, including the Porsche 911-style, shaver-like gear selector, and rotatable 15.6-inch touchscreen. The digital instrument cluster will likely measure 10.25 inches diagonally.

Second-gen BYD Blade battery

It is reported that BYD is developing a second-generation Blade battery with a high energy density of 180 Wh/kg, a significant improvement over the current Blade battery with an energy density of 150 Wh/kg. That, along with a fifth-generation chip, will reduce power consumption in BYD EVs by 20%, increase the driving range by 3 percent, and offer an increase in motor power and torque. That’s according to a news article from k.sina.com.cn, which also claims that the next-gen BYD blade battery is very likely to debut in one of the BYD Ocean series models. Note that BYD has issued no updates on the evolution of the Blade battery.

Warren Buffett & BYD Auto

BYD witnessed an exponential rise in the past decade. American investor Warren Buffett foresaw BYD’s growth in 2008 when he invested USD 232 million in the brand. BYD has a market cap of nearly USD 124.16 billion according to Google Finance data (CNY 841.74 billion) as of August 17, 2022. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway holds a 7.73% stake in the entire company, as of April 2022, as per the company’s Q1 2022 report.

The Oracle of Omaha’s early investment is undoubtedly paying massive dividends now. New models like the BYD Seal, BYD Sea Lion, and BYD Seagull are likely to spur growth as the new generation EVs pack immense export potential.

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