Prior to the Auto Expo, it was reported that the Chinese electric automaker BYD Auto Co., Ltd. (Build Your Dreams) will be showcasing its Tesla killer Seal electric sedan at the show. And lo and behold the carmaker has now taken the covers off of the same at the expo at its pavilion. This new sedan will be joining the brand’s all-electric e6 luxury MPV and compact EV SUV Atto 3 in the product lineup. BYD will be launching the Seal in India launch by the fourth quarter of 2023, and the deliveries will also begin around the same time.
The Seal like its siblings already on sale in the country will also be a fully electric vehicle and will boast the signature BYD “ocean aesthetics” design language. The Tesla rivaling sedan is a sporty four-door sedan with a sleek appearance and a drag coefficient of 0.219 Cd. Some of the Seal’s distinctive features include an all-glass coupe-like roof, flush-fitting door handles, four boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights, split headlamps, and a full-width LED light bar at the rear.
The inspiration from “ocean” is also reflected in the interior layout and design of the BYD Seal. The air vents on the Seal have a wavy pattern and a light blue accent. The Seal’s steering wheel has three spokes and a flat bottom. Additionally, the primary screen is a massive 15.6 inch unit and rotates between landscape and portrait modes like the Atto 3. Internationally the base variant of the Seal receives ten speakers. However, the most expensive variants have 12 Dynaudio speakers. The least expensive Seal is likewise devoid of a 220 V outlet, ambient lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, etc.
According to the company, the BYD Seal is the first vehicle to use BYD’s CTB (cell to body) technology, which enables the battery to be integrated into the body (become an integrated component of the chassis), significantly enhancing the vehicle’s safety, stability, handling, and performance. It is equipped with the ground-breaking ultra-safe Blade Battery and the company’s revolutionary e-Platform 3.0. With the use of CTB technology, BYD claims that the Seal makes strides in the structural toughness of the battery system thanks to the cellular structure, which can resist a 50-ton rolling test for heavy-duty trucks.
Additionally, the company also stated that through the integration of the battery and body, the overall vehicle’s torsional strength has increased to over 40,500 N.m/_, and the interior structure’s safety has increased by 50% for frontal impacts and 45% for side impacts. The CTB technology also gives the BYD Seal an ideal 50:50 axle load distribution, allowing it to pass the moose test at 83.5 km/h.
The BYD Seal is available in the overseas markets with a RWD and an AWD powertrain configuration. A single 150 kW electric motor is used in the standard model and is situated on the rear axle and produces around 204 bhp. The more expensive version also has a 230 kW motor and produces 313 bhp. And finally the Seal’s most expensive variant comes equipped with two electric motors that provide a combined 390 kW of power 530 bhp. With an aerodynamic drag coefficient of just 0.219 Cd, the BYD Seal can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and also has an ultra-long range of up to 700 km on a single charge.