The BYD Yuan UP electric SUV could be the next EV from the Chinese carmaker in India. Yuan is a sub-brand of Dynasty and Ocean Series, which are under BYD. It is quite common in China for large automakers to offer multiple sub-brands depending on the kind of customers they want to target. BYD is among the largest carmakers in China and is huge in eco-friendly vehicles. In India, it sells the e6 and Atto 3. The former is an all-electric MPV, while the Atto 3 is an all-electric mid-size SUV. The Yuan UP would sit under the Atto 3 if BYD decides to introduce it in our market.
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BYD Yuan UP Electric SUV
In the Chinese market, the Yuan UP was leaked as a 4.3 m long electric SUV recently. In fact, the official unveiling is set for the first half of 2024. It is a 5-seat electric SUV. The dimensions are – 4,310 mm (L), 1,830 mm (W), 1,675 mm (H) and 2,620 mm (wheelbase). That makes it slightly smaller than the Atto 3. Hence, it would rival the MG ZS EV, Hyundai Kona EV, Mahindra XUV400 and even the Nexon EV. The design is strikingly similar to the last-gen Maruti Brezza which was sold in India. This includes a sleek headlamp cluster with a narrow grille, a rugged bumper with aero intakes, sturdy side body cladding, black side pillars, large 17-inch alloy wheels, connected taillamps and a sporty rear bumper.
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The Chinese model will come with two powertrain options – 93 hp and 172 hp of peak power. The top speed of the SUV is a decent 160 km/h. Needless to say, the EVs will carry the trademark Blade Battery from BYD. Note that the Atto 3 comes with a 60 kWh Blade Battery in India which powers the electric motor to produce 201 hp and 310 Nm of peak power and torque. It has a range of 521 km. In the Yuan UP comes to India, it will even compete with the upcoming Hyundai Creta EV and Maruti eVX.
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The EV market is growing at an exponential rate globally, as well as in India. BYD understands the potential the Indian automobile industry offers going forward. It wants to grab a sizeable chunk of that market share. The Atto 3 is already doing quite well in our market. The Chinese automaker is increasing its touchpoints in India at a record pace. Hence, it is not out of the question that the Indian market could be the recipient of this new electric SUV. Let us keep an eye out for the details of this case.