BYD Qin seen in the flesh

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BYD revealed a concept called the “Qin,” which is a plug-in vehicle set to replace their F3DM last week. Toda it was finally seen live, ready for the auto show.

byd qin01 BYD Qin seen in the flesh

More details emerged a few days ago, includihng a mysterious travel companion in the form of a pop-up robot that would interact with the driver. Overall, its interior looks much improved over the current BYD line up.

byd qin02 BYD Qin seen in the flesh

The Qin would be equipped with a much smaller and more efficient battery pack than the F3DM. Coupled with a larger wheelbase, this would give it more interior than its predecessor. It’s also expected to also accelerate much faster, going from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds. The downside is a smaller pure electric range than the F3DM, 50 km vs 60km.

byd qin03 BYD Qin seen in the flesh

The car is expect to cost from 150,000 to 200,000 RMB, but subsidies for green vehicles could make that price up to 80,000 RMB cheaper. China’s coal-generated electricity is not very green, but with rising fuel prices this could become a financially viable car.

About the author  ⁄ Nathan Y

Nathan, also known as "Analyst" is a Chinese car enthusiast who has been following the development of the Chinese car industry since 2005.


  • Jeff
    April 23, 2012

    Hopefully BYD can clear up the front and the rear a bit. They look too busy, but the ideas are ok. Although the sides look too much like an accord from 2 or 3 generations ago. Overall, not bad.

  • Greg
    April 24, 2012

    I am loving that interior. Very different and perfect for that type of car.

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