- BYD Seal is based on e-Platform 3.0.
- There are two battery pack options – 61.4 kWh & 82.5 kWh.
- Range varies from 550 km (342 mi) to 700 km (435 mi) on CLTC.
BYD is planning to launch the Seal electric sedan (also known as Atto 4 in some markets) to rival the Tesla Model 3 in Europe. Having launched the Seal in the Chinese market in July this year (2022), the largest EV market in China aims to go global. In comparison to Model 3, it targets the audience with relatively affordable prices without compromising on performance. Seal is slated to be launched in Europe by the end of this year or beginning of the next year (2023). Thereafter, BYD wants to bring it to other markets like Australia, South America and the Middle East.
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BYD Seal (Tesla Model 3 Rival) – Specs
The EV is based on BYD’s e-Platform 3.0 with Blade Battery and LFP cells in two variants – 61.4 kWh and 82.5 kWh with 550 km (342 mi) and 700 km (435 mi) range respectively. There will be options of a single-motor RWD and a dual-motor AWD drivetrain. The power ranges from 201 hp to a colossal 523 hp. In its most powerful iteration, the Seal will be capable of achieving a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of just 3.8 secs.
|Drivetrain||RWD / AWD|
|Battery||61.4 & 82.5 kWh|
|Range||550 – 700 km (CLTC)|
|Power||201 – 523 hp|
|150 kW DC Fast Charging||Yes|
|Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h)||3.8 secs|
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BYD Seal – Dimensions
Seal is marginally larger than the Model 3 in terms of exterior dimensions which also translates to the wheelbase. It is 4.8 m long and has a wheelbase of 2.92 m. It has the CTB (Cell-to-Body) architecture which means that the lower part of the body of the vehicle forms the top part of the battery pack.
|Boot Space||320 litre|
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Interior and Features
On the inside is where the Seal differs significantly from the Model 3. While the latter has a completely futuristic and minimalistic layout devoid of physical buttons or knobs, BYD has adopted a more traditional approach. There is a massive 15.6-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System that can be switched between a Portrait or Landscape Orientation within seconds, a smaller Screen for the Driver’s Instrument Panel, a Heads-Up Display, 8-way Adjustable Driver’s Seat, with Lumbar Support, Heating and Ventilation with Memory Function, Air Purifier, Wireless Charging, and much more.
BYD Seal vs Tesla Model 3 – Price
BYD launched the Seal in July 2022 in China with prices ranging from CNY 209,800 ($30,084 US) to CNY 286,800 ($41,125 US) after subsidies. For comparison, the Tesla Model 3 retails between CNY 279,900 ($40,136 US) to CNY 367,900 ($52,755 US).