The BYD Qin plug-in hybrid car will be making its way to the Philippines by April. This was shared to us by Solar Transport Automotive Resources (STAR) Managing Director Mark Tieng. He adds that they are planning to debut the Qin plug-in hybrid on April 9 at the 2015 Manila International Auto Show, which runs until April 12.
The BYD Qin hybrid plug-in version of the 1.5-turbo powered F5 Suri. The Chinese automaker's hybrid performance sedan boasts of a 5.9 second acceleration from 0-100 km/h. Powering the car is a 154 PS 1.5-liter direct injection turbo engine combined with two 110kW motors. It is capable of a maximum output of 295 PS and 479 Nm of torque. This is mated to a six-speed dual clutch transmission. BYD further claims that the Qin is capable of going up to 62.5 kilomters per liter of fuel. The electric powertrain can run on pure electric or power assist mode. It is equipped with a 13kWh in-house developed Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO) battery pack.
"We are targeting a premium market for the Qin. It is BYD's first sports hybrid car that can outperform any of the 4-door sedans even in the premium segment. It is very efficient and environment friendly with the capability to run in full electric mode in the city. We are confident that we can take on premium market players with the level of technology with have on the Qin," says Tieng.
He further adds that the BYD Qin is expected to boost the brand's image as a technologically capable automotive manufacturer. The Qin is estimated to retail at PhP 3 million.