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A bigger Atto 3 with a 1.5L PHEV engine? BYD Song L DM-i teaser image released

Hans · Jun 14, 2024 10:30 AM

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BYD will be launching yet another plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model in China, this time, it looks like a scaled-up version of the fully electric BYD Atto 3 that many Malaysians are familiar with.

The new model will be called the BYD Song L DM-i, and in typically confusing BYD model naming convention, the Song L DM-i is not a variant of the Song L (image below). The latter is a fully electric battery EV (BEV) coupe-ish silhouette SUV.

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The Song L (above) should not be confused with the Song L DM-i

Curiously, the teaser image announcing the new model was not posted on any of BYD’s official social media channels, but on a personal Weibo account (China’s equivalent to Twitter / X) of Lu Tian, BYD’s Sales General Manager for Dynasty series models.

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Subsequent articles by the Chinese media, referring to compulsory regulatory filing documents submitted by BYD, published by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, revealed preliminary specifications of the vehicle.

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BYD Song L DM-i

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Image source: China's MIIT

It will be powered by a 1.5-litre engine that makes 101 PS, combined with an electric motor to produce a total system output of 160 kW (218 PS).

It weighs 2,375 kg, measuring 4,780 mm long, 1,898 mm wide, and 1,670 mm tall, with 2,782 mm wheelbase.

For comparison, the smaller, fully electric BYD Atto 3 sold here measures 4,455 mm long, 1,875 mm wide, 1,615 mm tall, with a 2,720 mm wheelbase.

In response to rising demand for plug-in hybrids in China, BYD has been busy ramping up its PHEV offerings.

Since December 2021, the market share of PHEVs (including EREVs) in China's plug-in charging-capable vehicles (NEV, New Energy Vehicles) market has increased from 17% to 40%, while BEVs have declined from 83% to 59%, as of April 2024. Note that this is limited only to China's NEV market. Total BEV volumes are still going up. 

BYD recently announced its fifth generation plug-in hybrid technology (DM-i, short for Dual Mode with intelligence). The BYD Qin L and Seal 06 are the first models to use the new powertrain.

Also read: There's no future in ICE; yet BYD, Geely, and Toyota are in a race to build the world's most efficient combustion engine

 

Hans

Head of Content

Over 15 years of experience in automotive, from product planning, to market research, to print and digital media. Garages a 6-cylinder manual RWD but buses to work.

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