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The BYD Seagull will be BYD’s cheapest electric car and a direct rival to the Dacia Spring

After attacking the Japanese market, and starting to introduce its electric cars in Europe, BYD has before it the task of diversifying its Ocean Series range through new forays, aimed at covering different needs. If the BYD Seal is the D-segment electric sedan and the Dolphin is an electric compact, the Seagull is proposed as an electric utility vehicle that will be the most economical of the entire series.

Thanks to the latest spy photos brought to light by the Chinese specialized press we have been able to see more clearly the design that the production Seagull will haveshowing some features in common with what is the brand’s most popular model, the Seal, only packaged in a much more compact format.

Also, based on these spy photos, a specialist has rendered the design of the Seagull to have a clearer idea of the final design that the model will have. The rear of the model seems especially successful, as it shows a design very faithful to what the camouflaged unit of the photographs suggests.

BYD Seagull spy photos.
BYD Seagull spy photos.

As announced by Cars News China, to shape its new generation electric utility vehicle, BYD has chosen a bodywork of five doors with which to have better access to the rear row of seats. For this reason, it is expected that the capacity of the trunk will be restrained.

Regarding its electrical system, the BYD Seagull’s powertrain, according to Chinese media, the access version will be equipped with a 30.7 kWh d LFP type batterye capacity and an electric motor of 70 kW (95 hp)reasonable figures for this type of vehicle that already place it above the cheapest electric car in Europe, the Dacia Spring.

A Seagull with better features is also expected. This could use a 44.9 kWh battery and an electric motor of 130 kW (177 hp), a power of a small GTI.

BYD Seagull
BYD Seagull (unofficial rendering).

Regarding autonomy, and always under the outdated cycle of homologation NECD, the Chinese press announces ranges of 301 and 405 kilometers with a full charge, which may lead to real autonomies of approximately 100 kilometers less in the best of cases. Regarding prices, and if it finally ends up reaching our market (which is possible), it is expected that it will be in the range of 20,000 euros, perhaps less, for the cheapest version.

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