BYD says the Seal midsize sedan will join its European lineup in 2023.
The Chinese automaker, which unveiled the Seal at the Paris auto show on Monday, is also deciding whether to start European imports from China of its Dolphin small hatchback.
BYD is one of China’s key electric car producers. It is starting its European offensive with three models, the Atto 3 compact crossover, the Han midsize sedan and the Tang seven-seater midsize SUV.
Pere Brugal, head of sales for BYD in Europe, said no precise date had been set for the Seal’s launch in Europe, but it would be “possibly next year.”
The Seal is a 4700 mm long sedan which would slot into BYD’s EV lineup just under the Han. It uses an evolution of the 3.0 battery electric platform on which the Atto 3 is based.
The Seal is the first car from BYD with a cell-to-body technology that increases body stiffness by 100 percent versus a conventional car, said BYD’s head of Europe, Michael Shu, in Paris.
Prices of the three initial BYD models were announced last month, with the Atto 3 compact crossover costing 38,000 euros ($36,480), while the midsize models, the Tang SUV and the Han sedan, have been priced at 72,000 euros.