Chinese automobile manufacturer BYD unveiled their latest Tang EV600 electric SUV at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show late last week.
One of the latest new models BYD showcased at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show was the Tang EV600 electric SUV, a vehicle that previously was only available as a conventional ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) and plug-in hybrid. According to the Chinese automaker, the BYD Tang EV600 will sport an 82.8 kWh battery as well as an impressive estimated range of about 600 km (approximately 373 miles).
The BYD Tang EV600 will feature a total system output of 360 kW thanks to a dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain consisting of two 180 kW and 330 Nm electric motors that will enable acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in roughly 4.4 seconds. The Chinese automaker also claims the that electric SUV will be capable of 30-minute fast charging upon release.
The fully-electric Tang EV600 will allegedly retail for around 260,000-360,000 RMB (approximately $37,400-$51,800). The starting price of the electric SUV will be twice the price of its ICE counterpart and slightly higher than the base price of its plug-in hybrid counterpart. The electric SUV will be available in five and seven seat versions, with the latter consisting of two seats upfront, a middle row of three seats, and a back row of two additional seats.
Just last week, we reported on the introduction of the BYD Yuan EV500, an updated version of BYD’s previous Yuan EV360 model that was released back in May of 2018. At the time, the Yuan EV500’s alleged 500 km range took us by surprise, so we’re impressed to see BYD introduce another model shortly afterwards that reportedly sports a 600 km range. As is the nature of most electric vehicle reveals, we don’t actually expect either vehicle to achieve their estimated range given average driving conditions, but we would still be pleased to see them boost ranges relatively close to the ones posted.
At this time, there is no set release window for the BYD Tang EV600, and there is no word on whether or not the electric SUV will be sold overseas.