A localised model name and launch date have been finalised for the electric SUV, set to compete with Australia’s second best-selling electric car the MG ZS EV.
The Chinese-built BYD Yuan Plus electric SUV will go on sale in Australia later this month badged as the 2022 BYD Atto 3, according to local distributor Nexport.
Published the week on Nexport’s EVDirect website, the new nameplate is derived from science and mathematics and, according to the brand, represents “the impossible precision that we’re striving towards.”
Order books are slated to open at 7pm AEDT on 19 February 2022 – when the vehicle is slated to be revealed in Australian-market form – and pricing is unlikely to be announced before that date.
However, the SUV will likely be pitched as a direct competitor to the MG ZS EV – which was Australia’s second-best selling electric vehicle in 2021, and one of the country’s most affordable, at $44,990 drive-away.
Local specifications are also yet to be locked in for the Atto 3, however in China – where it is sold as the Yuan Plus – a single motor sends 150kW/310Nm to the front wheels.
This allows the 0-100km/h sprint to be completed in a claimed 7.2 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 160km/h.
Two ‘Blade’ battery packs – 50.1kWh and 60.5kWh – are on offer, permitting ranges of 430km and 510km respectively on the lenient CLTC testing cycle.
Drive has contacted local distributor Nexport for further details on the upcoming model, and this story will be updated when more information becomes available.
Since announcing ambitious plans for a spate of models in April last year, Nexport has faced several hurdles and delays bringing BYD cars to Australia.
The originally-promised “sub-$35,000” EA1 hatchback appears to have been placed on hold for now, and will be replaced by the Atto 3 as the marque’s debut local vehicle.
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