Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: BYD Press | posted January 22, 2015 14:59
Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter with 2 electric motors on a 4WD system
BYD recently revealed the Tang hybrid SUV that will soon be available in the Chinese market. Named after China's most prosperous Dynasty, it is the Chinese automaker's 2nd generation DM (Dual Mode) 2.0 PHEV, and BYD estimates that the hybrid SUV will surpass monthly sales figures of the Qin hybrid sedan.
It is also the first vehicle from BYD that makes use of the company's 5-4-2 platform: 5 which stands for a 0 – 97 km/h time of 5 seconds, 4 which signifies its 4WD system and 2 which conveys a fuel average of 2l/100 km (50 km/l).
It has an aggressive front fascia that consists of a mesh grill, a distinct bumper design, foglamps and headlights integrated with DRLs. Along the side, it has flared wheel arches, stepboards and alloy wheels. The rear on the other hand features dual exhaust pipes, and trapezoidal taillights.
Official cabin shots show that the SUV will have leather seats, colored door sills, wood trim and digital displays for the SUV's infotainment system and instrument panel.
Providing propulsion to the BYD Tang is a hybrid powertrain that is comprised of a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and two electric motors that run on a 4WD system. Official output ratings have yet to be revealed by BYD.
It retails for RMB 300,000 in China (about PHP 2.14 million).