Is the Yuan Plus EV BYD Europe’s future launch? [Update]

Warren Buffet-backed Chinese automaker BYD has unveiled a compact SUV – the BYD Yuan Plus. It could be the company’s next EV launch in Europe following the BYD Tang EV that went on sale in Norway in August 2021.

Exterior

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 of the 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, which is reminiscent of the diamond-pattern film in the honeycomb look on the VW ID.3.

Interior

Spy pictures floating on the web have partially revealed the interior of the Yuan Plus. The new electric SUV features a large floating touchscreen infotainment system, a three-spoke steering wheel with a flattened bottom, a stubby gear selector with a capsule-shaped top, 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” 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.

BYD Yuan Plus side profile
The BYD Yuan Plus incorporates the in-house developed vehicle operating system BYD OS. Image Source: BYD

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 two variants, one with a range of 430 km and one with a 510 km range. Needless to say, these are NEDC figures. Common to the variants will be a single motor generating 150 kW of power and 310 Nm of torque.

SpecificationBYD Yuan Plus standard rangeBYD Yuan Plus extended range
Kerb Weight1,615 kg1,690 kg
Gross Weight1,990 kg2,065 kg
Battery Pack TypeLFPLFP
Battery Pack Energy Content50.12 kWh60.48 kWh
Battery Pack Energy Density140 Wh/kg150 Wh/kg
Energy Consumption12.20 kWh/100 km12.50 kWh/100 km
Range (NEDC)430 km510 km
Motor(s)OneOne
Motor TypePMSMPMSM
Motor Power150 kW150 kW
Motor Torque310 Nm310 Nm
Top Speed160 km/h160 km/h
BYD Yuan Plus specifications as per China’s MIIT

Price & Release Date

Going by the Chinese outlets, BYD will launch the Yuan Plus in China in the coming weeks, with prices ranging between CNY 130,000 and 160,000 (EUR 17,112 and 21,061). We are yet to understand when the company will begin the Xpeng G3i rival’s European shipments.

Australian launch

The BYD Yuan Plus is 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 2022. 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.

Marketing research has shown that the BYD Yuan Plus will appeal to a wider audience than the BYD 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 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?

The MG ZS EV, Hyundai Kona EV and the Kia Niro EV are current options for customers shopping an electric crossover-SUV.

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 around AUD 35,000.

Featured Image Source: BYD