BYD has revealed a new-generation 'Tang' hybrid crossover for 2018, continuing its Chinese dynasty lineup of vehicles. The Tang makes an early appearance prior to its official debut at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show (Auto China) in April.
Initially presented as an electric SUV concept, the Chinese automaker has decided to take the hybrid route as the first-generation Tang.
The new Tang is one of several original designs from the Chinese automaker by German design director Wolfgang Egger. It is based on the Dynasty Concept debuted at this year's Shanghai Auto Show. BYD says the new vehicle was styled with their new 'Dragon Face' design concept which consists of a large radiator grill flanked by slim LED headlamps. Design-wise the new-generation Tang does not depart much from the design concept, giving it a significanty more upscale look compared to its outgoing predecessor.
It measures 4870 mm long, 1940 mm wide, and 1720 mm tall with a 2820 mm wheelbase. The side profile might remind you the Lexus RX, but Egger seems to have tweaked the d pillar in a better way to create a sleeker floating roof effect. BYD has fitted the Tang with 22-inch wheels with 265/40R22 Continental tires.
Interior photos have yet to be revealed, the Tang will be a three-row SUV with seating for seven. It is also expected to come with a high-tech interior features that were revealed with the Song MPV models.
It is worth noting that the Chinese automaker has finally decided to ditch the rather tacky lit rear BYD logo in favor of a new 'Build Your Dreams'. We'll reserve our opinion on that until we see the actual product, but we expect it to be lit as well. The sleek tail lights are LED illuminated and nice finish.
Powering the second-generation Tang is a hybrid powerplant consisting of a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine (205 PS, 320 Nm) with two electric motors (147.5 PS, 250 Nm; each) giving it a 500 PS and 820 Nm total output. This is mated to a 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission which transfers power to the all-wheel drive system. It also comes with 18 kW/h batteries allowing up to 85 kilometers range in full electric mode. It also boasts of a 0-100 km/h acceleration time in 4.5 seconds. BYD says premium versions will also be fitted with Brembo brakes.
Non-hybrid front-wheel drive versions will be offered in the future, this is expected to replace the S7 (currently offered in the Philippine market). It will be fitted with the 2.0-liter turbo coupled with a 6-speed DCT.
Hybrid models are expected to retail for RMB 270,000 to RMB 300,000; while gas engine versions will likely retail from RMB 150,000.
With the ASEAN-China FTA taking effect next year, as well as lowered excise taxes for hybrid cars, we are expecting BYD to bring in the stylish new Tang to compete in the local crossover market.