BYD has launched a performance hybrid saloon to the Chinese market, and has revealed a revised version will be sold in the European market in early 2015.
The BYD Qin, pronounced ‘Chin’, claims a 0-62mph time of 5.9sec and a 115mph top speed. It uses a 151bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to motors developing 147bhp. Combined power is rated at 291bhp with 353lb ft of torque.
Fuel consumption is rated at 177mpg and BYD says the Qin has a range of 44 miles on electric power alone.
The car, which will likely be renamed for Europe, uses the same technology fitted to the BYD F3DM. It can be charged via a household socket and its regenerative braking system is said to contribute 2.5 to 3kWh every 62 miles.
Four driving modes are offered, including EV-only and sport functions. All models use a 12.1in TFT instrument panel, internet connectivity with cloud-based storage and the ability to drive the car remotely at low speeds from outside of the vehicle.