BYD is preparing to launch a brand new small electric SUV, the Yuan Up, on the Chinese market. Here are the latest photos and information on this model which could also strengthen the brand on the European market in a few months.
If in recent months BYD has mainly focused on its new high-end brands or its Song L and Sealion 7 crossovers, it has also achieved great success with its most compact and affordable models, the Dolphin and Seagull. The latter sold 280,000 units last year in China, although it was marketed in April. In December alone, the small city car found 50,000 buyers, or nearly 15% of the brand’s sales.
The Chinese market is focused on large cars, but the past has already shown that a successful product in lower segments, such as the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV or the BYD Seagull and Dolphin, can also be very successful. BYD naturally hopes so for the Yuan Up.
BYD’s European factory will begin operating in 2027
4,310 mm long, it features the face of the “Dynasty” family, with the “Dragon face”, and features the Yuan logo. The BYD logo is found at the rear, since the manufacturer has decided to no longer affix its Build Your Dreams slogan on its vehicles, for Europe, but also for China. The pattern of the quarter panel is reminiscent of the Smart #1, itself inspired by the Opel Adam.
The interior doesn’t really hold any surprises, with the brand’s traditional large pivoting screen, and a more conventional style than that of the Dolphin. The Yuan Up belongs to the Dynasty family and not Ocean, knowing that the two ranges are sold in different dealerships in China.
Based on the same platform as the Dolphin, the Yuan Up uses the engines, but not the batteries. The entry-level version is therefore equipped with a 70 kW front motor and a 32 kWh battery. It announces a range of 301 km in the CLTC cycle. The most efficient version increases to 130 kW and 45.1 kWh, for 401 km of autonomy, CTLC still since the vehicle is not yet confirmed for Europe.
|Yuan Up 300
|Yuan Up 400
|The autonomy of the CLTC
|Estimated WLTP autonomy
He could nevertheless arrive there in a few months. Of course, its price will be higher than that charged in China where it is expected under 100,000 RMB (12,900 euros), cheaper than the Dolphin. In Europe, it could cost around 25,000 euros in its 130 kW / 45.1 kWh version. If it arrives here, Yuan Up will probably change its name. It could become Atto 2, or join the Dolphin family, like the Song Plus became Seal U…
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