The BYD Qin Hybrid is an entirely new hybrid from the makers of the original BYD F3 DM, the Qin was aired in concept form at the Beijing Auto Show in April where it was well received by media and consumers, however the real focus of that auto show was on the Su Rui sedan, the donor vehicle for the Qin’s electric hybrid engine. The F3DM was criticized heavily for having outlandish stats when compared to the best selling Toyota Prius, F3DM offered comparable output to the original Prius but at roughly 20,000USD. The next generation Qin Hybrid mixes BYD’s new 1.5T engine with a second generation electric power train to give an impressive 316BHP and 440Nm of torque paired with BYD’s own Dual Clutch Gearbox.
The Qin will come in two flavors, a Plug in and also as a Hybrid Electric Vehicle, 0-100kph is rumored to be circa 6.9 seconds which seems relatively slow for a car with so much torque but perhaps garage tinkers will be able to adjust that when it hits the market in the first half of 2013. Pricing is expected to be around 200,000RMB when launched. If BYD can deliver on quality, pricing and expectations this might just be the car to get China into green motoring.