At a recent technical focused meet and greet with the Chinese automotive media, BYD announced a series of new technology cars including multiple new forced induction engines, two new hybrid powertrains and a range topping supercar.
BYD is not know for its design flair or its sporting credentials, the fledgling company has been producing cars that are rather like certain Toyota models for a number of years but in recent months have begun to stamp their own design trends into their model range.
BYD’s past is well known, it rose to fame with the Corolla inspired F3 and then fell to the ashes due to the F3 being a fairly poorly made car at the time, BYD then went back to the drawing board and redeveloped its internal systems. It no longer tries to produce everything in house and now has a focus on good quality cars packed with high technology at a fair price, the BYD Su Rui launched last year signifies BYD’s new trend.
In the future BYD will be focusing on safety, convenience and enjoyment. On the safety side of things BYD is planning for its models to have Heads Up Display systems on the dashboard as well as 360 degree visual system to give drivers a greater awareness of their surroundings. For convenience all future cars will have keyless start, communications systems, cruise control, voice control, and of course BYD’s well known patented remote control system. For entertainment, BYD’s base system will use a 10.2 inch screen entertainment system that is boosted to 12.2 inch in higher models, independent rear air conditioning system, electronic sliding doors, and a 5.1 surround sound system.
Engines are not being looked over either, BYD’s self developed turbo direct injection which first debuted with their current flagship 1.5T is being expanded to 1.2T, 1.8T and 2.0T which will be paired to both dry and wet dual clutch gearboxes, again both self developed by BYD.
Although BYD are focusing on direct injection turbo systems they are not forgetting their hybrid/EV goals, the company has announced that by mixing its 2.0T engine with its hybrid system an average car will be able to do 0-100kph in just 4.9 seconds.
We have seen BYD’s next generation Qin Hybrid concept before, that particular system is fitted with a 1.5T and BYD’s electric motor and iron phosphate battery system, the result is a 0-100kph time of 5.9seconds and an expected 300bhp with fuel use of just 2L per 100km with the car hitting the market in the fourth quarter of this year. But the next in line is the most interesting. Following on with the Chinese dynasty name theme, BYD are set to introduce a ‘Tang’ hybrid vehicle which will make the Qin look obsolete when it launches in 2014. The Tang will use BYD’s aforementioned 2.0T and hybrid system to propel it from 0-100 in 4.9 seconds, this system is likely to launch on the BYD S7 SUV first as it was showcased at the North American Auto Show previously.
And to top it all, BYD are planning for a new pure electric vehicle called the E9. BYD are being extremely tight lipped about the E9 but they have revealed it will be an electric supercar that will hit 0-100kp/h in just 3.9 seconds putting it on par with the Tesla Roadster which achieved a similar 3.7 seconds.