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BYD’s Rival Model Y is Consolidating Itself in Australia

BYD could finally offer a competitor to the best-selling Tesla Model Y in Australia, but the brand has not yet announced a timeline for when its new flagship electric SUV might launch locally.

Upon request from CarExpert David Smitherman – CEO of BYD’s Australian distributor EVDirect – hinted at whether there is room in the BYD lineup for a larger electric SUV than the Atto 3, hinting that the Sea Lion 07 or an electric version of the Sealion 6 (Seal U) will be available here.

“I can’t really confirm that because I’m not 100 percent sure what the timeline is,” Mr. Smitherman said.

“But I can assure you, it is definitely a plan, a product that I would like to bring to market.”

The BYD Sea Lion 07 was unveiled at the Guangzhou Motor Show last year and features a design that bears close resemblance to the Ocean X concept car and the similarly sized Seal sedan.

It went on sale in China this week and was confirmed to be made with right-hand drive. The launch in New Zealand is planned for this year.

However, the electric Sealion 6 – sold elsewhere as the Seal U – is currently built exclusively for left-hand drive markets, although its plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version launches in Australia today.

Based on previous model launch dates in New Zealand, it’s likely the Sea Lion 07 won’t come to Australia until 2025 at the earliest, when it actually makes a local showroom debut.

The BYD Sealion 6 and Shark PHEV ute are believed to be the brand’s only models set to launch in Australia this year.

The Australian BYD distributor had already announced that it would launch at least two new vehicles every year from this year, with the aim of being among the top five brands in the local sales charts in 2025.

While the Seal sedan launched in Australia late last year as BYD’s most direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3, the brand lacked an SUV to compete with the Model Y.

The BYD Sea Lion 07 is similar to the Seal electric sedan in its front and rear lighting design, but has a larger SUV shape.

With a length of 4830mm, a width of 1925mm and a height of 1620mm, with a wheelbase of 2930mm, it is 5mm wider but 80mm longer than the Tesla Model Y and larger than the Atto 3 in all dimensions.

It is based on the brand’s E-Platform 3.0 EV architecture, also found in the Seal sedan, with the BYD Blade battery – available in capacities of 71.8 kWh and 80.64 kWh – for greater rigidity and Security is integrated into the structure.

Three powertrains are offered in China: two rear-wheel drive levels with 170 kW and 230 kW respectively, and a flagship performance model with two motors and up to 390 kW.

Range ranges from 550km for the base rear-wheel drive model with flagship all-wheel drive to 610km for the 230kW mid-range model – all tested on the mild CLTC cycle.

Prices in China range from 189,800 yuan ($39,000) to 239,800 yuan ($49,525), lower than but more expensive than the Tesla Model Y, which starts at 249,900 yuan ($51,600). the price of the base Seal sedan of 179,800 yuan (US$37,130).

For comparison, the BYD Seal costs from $49,888 before on-road costs in Australia, while the Tesla Model Y is available from $60,900 before on-road costs.

The BYD Sealion 6 PHEV has hit the market with prices starting from $48,990 (excluding on-road costs).

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