BYD expands its Ocean line-up with the Sea Lion 07, a mid-size electric Coupé-SUV that should compete with the Tesla Model Y. Ahead of its official launch in the first half of 2024, China’s MIIT leaks the new model’s technical specifications.
The Sea Lion 07 will have three powertrain variants, including two single-motor versions and one dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version. Power will range from 170 kW to 390 kW.
Weird but logical names
There is something quite refreshing when a new Chinese car is launched, especially from BYD, as we don’t know how or understand the logic of names. This new BYD Sea Lion 07 continues the recent tradition of the biggest EV maker in the world to name its cars after animals. Following the ‘Ocean Series’, this new Coupé-SUV follows the BYD Seal and Dolphin.
Specs thanks to MIIT
As usual, when a new model is launched in China, the country’s regulatory filing reveals some of its technical specifications. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has revealed the new BYD Sea Lion 07 specs.
We already knew that the future electric SUV measures a tad more than 4,8 meters and has a wheelbase of 2,93 meters. We even knew it sits on BYD’s e-Platform 3.0, like all the recent products from BYD and Denza, which feature the ‘cell-to-body’ technology.
The regulatory filing provides more in-depth information. We know the BYD Sea Lion 07 will be available in China with three powertrain variants: two single-motor and one dual-motor. The first two versions are powered by a 170 kW (230 hp) or 230 kW (313 hp) electric motor. Their top speed is set at 210 and 225 kph, respectively.
Dual motor with 530 hp
The high-end, all-wheel-drive version is powered by two electric motors (one on each axle), providing a total of 390 kW (530 hp), suitable for a top speed of 225 kph. There are no words yet on the performance, but the BYD Seal equipped with the same powertrain reaches 100 kph in only 3,8 seconds.
The BYD Sea Lion 07 will be officially launched in China during the first half of 2024. BYD has yet to confirm its arrival on the European market.