BYD to launch super-affordable Yuan Up crossover in China

In China, the world’s currently biggest EV maker, BYD (Build Your Dreams), has started to deliver the first batches of its new Yuan Up, an affordable compact electric crossover, to dealerships, preparing for the official sales launch in March 2024. It’s expected to retail there for 100,000 to 130,000 yuan or some 12,900 to 16,800 euros.

The Yuan Up is like the Dolphin and Seal recently introduced in Europe, built on BYD’s e-Platform 3.0. Whether it will cross over to Europe and under what name isn’t revealed yet, but in China it’s the successor of the Yuan Pro that was introduced in 2021.

Size of Hyundai Kona EV

It’s like the Atto 3 (Yuan Plus in China) and the Han part of the Dynasty series named after the Yuan dynasty. This compact crossover is roughly the size of Hyundai’s Kona EV, with a length of 4,310 mm, a width of 1,830 mm, a height of 1,675 mm, and a wheelbase of 2,620 mm.

According to Chinese media, it will feature a single electric motor of 70-kW or 130-kW and come in three gradually heavier versions (1,430 kg, 1,520 kg, and 1,540 kg). Depending on the battery options (32 kWh or 45.1 kWh), it should have a range (CLTP) of 301 to 401 km on a single charge.

Despite its low price, this Yuan Up will feature a large sunroof, electrically adjustable front seats, and even a Head-Up Display (HUD), according to Chinese media.

 

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