Update: ‘Price & Release Date’ section updated.
Warren Buffet-backed Chinese automaker BYD unveiled a compact SUV – the BYD Yuan Plus – in 2021. It is expected to be the company’s next electric car launch in Europe following the BYD Tang EV that went on sale in Norway in August 2021.
The BYD Yuan Plus embodies the company’s latest design language called Dragon Face 3.0, but there’s no denying that it looks like a typical Chinese SUV. Some design highlights include crossover bodywork with elements like a sloping bonnet and a dropping roofline, LED “dragon crystal” headlamps, C-shaped, aggressive front bumper corners, and a full-width taillamp. However, the D-pillar motif catches our attention, reminiscent of the diamond-pattern film in the honeycomb look on the VW ID.3.
The Yuan Plus follows a new Rhythm theme for the interior, and we observe the musical influence in the curvy shape of the dashboard and the round elements on the doors. The dashboard appears to seamlessly merge with the door panels to give a single-panel effect. The red strings in the lower portion of the door panels amplify the feeling of being around musical instruments.
The digital cluster is a compact unit reminiscent of the VW ID.4. In addition to the stubby gear selector with a capsule-shaped top, the front-centre and rear AC vents have an aircraft-inspired design. There are plenty of silver inserts on the interior elements.
The BYD Yuan Plus features a large, 15.6-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system, a three-spoke steering wheel with a flattened bottom, and a compact virtual instrument cluster. The floor console is flat and low, and it has a mobile storage space and a dual cupholder.
BYD Yuan Plus specifications
The Yuan Plus sits on the new BYD e-Platform 3.0 platform, which debuted in the BYD Dolphin (BYD EA1). This platform packs the “ultra-safe” BYD Blade Battery and a heat pump as standard. 800-volt system voltage, 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) acceleration time of 2.9 seconds, and a range of 600 miles (966 km) are the best possible parameters with this platform, but then not all of it is applicable to the Yuan Plus.
The BYD Yuan Plus is a compact SUV with a length, width, and height of 4,455 mm, 1,875 mm, and 1,615 mm, respectively. However, the wheelbase of the new electric SUV is a generous 2,720 mm, thanks to the dedicated EV platform.
A government certification filing has revealed that BYD will launch the Yuan Plus in China in two variants, one with a range of 430 km and one with a 510 km range. Needless to say, these are generous NEDC figures. All variants are powered by a single motor generating 150 kW (204 PS) of power and 310 Nm of torque. However, a report from autohome.com.cn says that the maximum torque output will be more than 330 Nm.
|Specification||BYD Yuan Plus standard range||BYD Yuan Plus extended range|
|Kerb Weight||1,615 kg||1,690 kg|
|Gross Weight||1,990 kg||2,065 kg|
|Battery Pack Type||LFP||LFP|
|Battery Pack Energy Content||50.12 kWh||60.48 kWh|
|Battery Pack Energy Density||140 Wh/kg||150 Wh/kg|
|Energy Consumption||12.20 kWh/100 km||12.50 kWh/100 km|
|Range (NEDC)||430 km||510 km|
|Motor Power||150 kW||150 kW|
|Motor Torque||310 Nm||310 Nm|
|Top Speed||160 km/h||160 km/h|
Price & Release Date
BYD physically unveiled the Yuan Plus in China at the 2021 Guangzhou Auto Show (November 2021). The pre-sale prices will start at CNY 132,800 (EUR 18,407) and go up to CNY 152,800 (EUR 21,179). Sales in China are likely to commence by March 2022.
|Yuan Plus Configuration||Price (Pre-sale)|
|430 km Luxury trim||CNY 132,800 (EUR 18,407)|
|430 km Noble trim||CNY 139,800 (EUR 19,377)|
|510 km Honourable trim||CNY 142,800 (EUR 19,793)|
|510 km Flagship trim||CNY 152,800 (EUR 21,179)|
BYD had commissioned a modified version of the Yuan Plus for promotions at the 2021 Guangzhou Auto Show. The company had painted it in a funky shade of green, which should have surely attracted the visitors’ focus. Special livery, including the brand’s punchline “Build Your Dreams,” unique graphics, rally-style multi-spoke wheels from rotiform, and rear diffuser were the other exterior changes that made the modified version sportier. BYD hadn’t revealed plans to launch the modified Yuan Plus for customers.
The interior of the modified Yuan Plus wasn’t much different from the regular model. BYD used carbon-fiber trim on its steering wheel and added a special sound system in its trunk, consisting of what looked like four speakers and two subwoofers. A green panel with strings on the top of the speakers aligned the exterior theme color to the interior.
BYD Yuan Plus global launch timelines
The BYD Yuan Plus is undoubtedly going to the company’s overseas markets. Nexport is the official BYD importer in Australia and New Zealand, and CEO Luke Todd has told The Driven that Australian deliveries would begin in April.
In Australia, Nexport plans to open the country’s first BYD showroom in Woolloomooloo, a suburb in Sydney. Todd has told Drive that the company has taken four floors and plans to integrate an experience centre and a technology education cinema area at the first BYD Sydney dealership.
Marketing research has shown that the Yuan Plus SUV will appeal to a broader audience than the EA1 hatchback, also heading down under. Todd told The Driven that Australia will get the electric SUV with a different name and that the vehicle is designed to meet 5-star ANCAP ratings. Suspension upgrades and CCS2 charging could also be among the market-specific changes.
BYD is planning the Yuan Plus in two variants, an entry-level for an aggressive price and a fully-appointed model appealing to Australian customers seeking more equipment. Australian media expects the BYD Yuan Plus to be the country’s cheapest electric car, with prices starting at under AUD 40,000 drive-away.
BYD plans to launch the Yuan Plus SUV in Singapore in the second quarter of the year (April-June 2022). E-Auto, a Vantage Automotive division and a Sime Darby Motors group member, is the company’s official dealer in the country.
We are yet to understand when BYD will begin European shipments of the Yuan Plus, where it could be a segment breaker.
BYD Yuan Plus FAQs
When will the BYD Yuan Plus be launched in Australia?
Customer deliveries of the BYD Yuan Plus in Australia begin in April 2022.
Which will be the Yuan Plus rivals in Australia?
What will be the BYD Yuan Plus price in Australia?
As per local media reports, the BYD Yuan Plus could start at a mouth-watering price of under AUD 40,000.
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