BYD Seal price, India launch details, March 2024 launch


Dealers have started accepting bookings unofficially for the BYD Seal EV sedan, which will be priced around Rs 50 lakh.

BYD’s next product for India, the Seal sedan has been spotted on the outskirts of Chennai. Sources tell us that the Seal sedan will go on sale sometime in early March 2024, though dealers have already begun accepting bookings unofficially. The Seal EV sedan made its India debut last year at Auto Expo 2023.

  1. BYD Seal gets two powertrain options
  2. Top variant gets up to 700km range
  3. Will be BYD’s third product for India

BYD Seal sedan: exterior highlights

The Seal is 4,800mm long, 1,875mm wide and 1,460mm tall. In terms of design, the Seal inherits cues from the Ocean X concept from 2021 and follows BYD’s “ocean aesthetics” design language. It also continues the ocean-themed nomenclature in BYD’s EV range; the brand also has the Dolphin on sale in select international markets.

The Seal features radical styling cues like a coupe-like all-glass roof, flush-fitting door handles, four boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights, split headlamp design and a full-width LED light bar at the rear.

BYD Seal sedan: features and tech

The BYD Seal also gets a rotating 15.6-inch infotainment display, similar to the Atto 3 SUV and e6 MPV. The driver gets a separate 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a head-up display. The floating touchscreen is surrounded by the central AC vents, with the drive selector and a scroll wheel to select the various drive modes below it. The centre console also houses basic controls for functions like the heated windscreen and volume control for the audio system. It also gets two wireless charging pads. The interior gets plenty of gloss black inserts, with contrasting dashboard shades, and speakers integrated into the door handles, similar to the Atto 3 SUV.

BYD Seal sedan: powertrain and range

Globally, there are two battery options on offer – a 61.4kWh unit with up to 500km CLTC range and an 82.5kWh unit that has up to 700km of range. The smaller battery can be charged at rates of up to 110kW, while the latter is capable of speeds of up to 150kW. Like other BYD models, the Seal gets BYD’s blade battery tech.

There are two motor options on offer –  single-motor and dual-motor; the former can be paired to both batteries, while the latter can only be had with the larger battery. Sources tell us that in India, the Seal will is expected to get dual-motor powertrain with all-wheel drive set-up. Combined, both motors churn out 530hp and are capable of a claimed 0-100kph time of 3.8sec. With this power output, the Seal EV sedan will be more powerful than the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6.

BYD Seal: India launch details

BYD dealers have already begun taking bookings for the Seal.  Deliveries will commence once prices are announced and a starting price of around Rs 50 lakh can be expected.

BYD Seal sedan: rivals

The Seal will by BYD’s third new product for India in the passenger vehicle space. The brand already sells the Atto 3 SUV and e6 MPV – the latter is primarily aimed at the fleet market. With the stylish Seal sedan, BYD will have a contender to take on the likes of the Kia EV6 and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in our market.

BYD rivals Tesla globally

BYD Auto has sold 5,26,409 EVs in the final quarter of last year, in comparison to Tesla’s tally of 4,84,507 units. However, the Chinese carmaker sold close to 1.6 million EVs in the year, whereas Tesla sold 1.8 million units; BYD posted a year-on-year growth of 73 percent.

BYD’s advantage over Tesla in India

Tesla has been wooing the Indian Government for a number of years to try and establish a presence here. BYD, on the other hand, entered the Indian market in 2021, and currently has the Atto 3 SUV and e6 MPV on sale at the moment. Tesla’s potential entry into the Indian market is still not final and does entail a significant commitment. Tesla has planned a minimum investment of USD 2 billion (approximately Rs 16,665 crore) for setting up a manufacturing plant, pending government approval. There were talks of an official announcement of Tesla’s India entry at last month’s Vibrat Gujarat Global Summit but no announcement was made at the event.

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BYD Seal EV, localised Atto 3 SUV launch pushed to 2024



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