Over a year after its European launch, BYD’s Tang EV is set for an upgrade, including a larger battery and improved features. The Chinese carmaker wants to increase its appeal to compete with the Tesla Model Y, the best-selling car worldwide, last year.
An essential upgrade component is the Tang’s battery capacity, which will increase significantly from 86 kWh to 108 kWh, extending its range from 400 kilometers to an impressive 530 kilometers per charge, more than 30% extra. Additionally, BYD is boosting the EV’s charging capabilities, with the future model featuring 11 kW AC (from 7,4 kW) and up to a peak charging capacity of 190 kW DC (from 120 kW).
Performance-wise, the Tang still houses dual motors, producing up to 517 PS and accelerating from 0 to 100 km/hour in 4,9 seconds. A status quo compared to the outgoing model. But the SUV’s chassis gets updated with new active dampers, enhancing its adaptability to different driving conditions and styles. This should help lift its dynamic abilities to the level of European competitors.
The facelift is surprising, as the car has been offered in key European markets like Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany for barely more than a year. It was launched in its maiden market, Norway, in 2020.
Ready for spring
The news is confirmed by the Belgian importer for BYD, Inchcape. Spokesman Thomas De Meuter: “The facelifted Tang was already shown in its new guise at the latest Euro NCAP tests, where the car received five stars. We also lowered the prices of the current generation in the wake of the new arrival.” De Meuter expects the new version to land in showrooms around springtime.
Exact pricing has yet to be disclosed, but a cut is to be expected. BYD, which overtook Tesla last year as the best-selling EV brand, is in a solid position to discount its cars. It manufactures almost all components in-house, including the battery packs, which it supplies to major brands like Tesla, Toyota, and Ford.
Currently priced at 71 390 euros, the Tang is one of the few all-electric SUVs with room for seven passengers, just like the Model Y.