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BYD Seal EV launched in India; prices start at Rs 41 lakh

Gajanan Kashikar Updated: March 05, 2024, 01:30 PM IST

BYD has launched the new Seal EV in India with prices starting at Rs 41 lakh (ex-showroom). The electric sedan is now available in three variants: Dynamic, Premium, and Performance across four paint schemes. It comes in a choice of two battery packs and three drivetrain options. The brand has already opened bookings for a token amount of Rs 1.25 lakh. Notably, the entry-level Dynamic trim is priced at Rs 41 lakh, while the Premium variant costs Rs 45.55 lakh (both ex-showroom). Whereas, the top-spec Performance trim comes with a price tag of Rs 53 lakh (ex-showroom).

BYD Seal EV: Powertrain

The India-spec Seal EV gets two battery pack options: 61.44kWh and 82.56kWh. In addition, there are three powertrain options to choose from, firstly entry-level variant gets the 61.44kWh unit paired with a rear-wheel drive (RWD) motor, while the mid-spec trim comes with larger battery pack with the same RWD motor. The top-spec variant of the Seal EV features a dual-motor setup coupled to the 82.56kWh battery pack. Meanwhile, the EV equipped with the larger battery pack can be charged from 30 to 80 per cent in a claimed 26 minutes with a 150kW DC fast charger. However, the 61.44kWh unit supports up to 110kW charging. With this, 15 minutes of charging can provide a range of up to 200km. That said, all powertrain are compatible with up to 7kW AC charging.

Dynamic RWD Premium RWD Performance AWD
Battery pack 61.44kWh 82.56kWh 82.56kWh
Range 510km 650km 580km
Power output 204PS/310Nm 313PS/360Nm 218PS/310Nm (front motor), 313PS/360Nm (rear motor)
Acceleration 0-100kmph 7.5 seconds 5.9 seconds 3.8 seconds

BYD Seal EV: Design

The Seal EV boasts a modern design, incorporating unique elements and a slanting roofline in line with BYD's "ocean aesthetics" concept. It uses the e-platform 3.0 and CTB (cell-to-body) technology, integrating the battery pack into the chassis. With dimensions of 4,800mm in length, 1,875mm in width, and 1,460mm in height, along with a 2,920mm wheelbase, the Seal EV provides a spacious interior and practical features such as a 400-litre boot capacity and a 50-litre front trunk.

BYD Seal EV: Interior

The interior of the India-spec Seal has a Thaumas all-black theme. There is also a crystal gear selector and electronically adjustable air-con vents. Plus, it gets leather upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel while the entry-level variant comes with artificial leather upholstery.

BYD has given a 15.6-inch rotatable touchscreen infotainment system, a 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster, sport seats, a 12-speaker sound system, a heads-up display, eight-way electronically adjustable driver seat with memory function and four-way lumbar, six-way power adjustable co-passenger seat, dual-zone temperature control, ambient lighting, PM2.5 filter, two wireless charging pads, front seats ventilation and heating, wireless Android Auto, wired Apple CarPlay,

BYD Seal EV: Features

In terms of features, the Seal comes fitted with NFC card key, powered boot opening, powered ORVMs with memory and heating functions, a panoramic sunroof, TPMS, a 360deg camera, traction control, hill start assist, electronic parking brake with auto hold, vehicle-to-load (V2L), and four driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport, and Snow). Also on offer are numerous ADAS features.

BYD Seal EV: Rivals

The Seal EV competes against the BMW i4 electric sedan (Rs 72.50-77.50 lakh), Kia EV6 (Rs 60.95-65.95 lakh), and Hyundai Ioniq 5 (Rs 46.05 lakh). All prices are ex-showroom.

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