Spy Shots: BYD S1 SUV is Naked in China

Published on July 17, 2015 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: BYD S1 SUV is Naked in China

The best Spy Shots so far of the BYD S1, a new sub-compact SUV that will be launched on the Chinese car market just before the end of this year. Price will start just above 50.000 rmb and and around 70.000 rmb. The hybrid variant of the BYD S1 will be marketed as a separate car called ‘BYD Yuan’.


Trendy design with quite some elements borrowed from the Ford Ecosport. Spare wheel on the back for that freedom feeling.

The BYD S1 will be available with two four-cylinder petrol engines: a 1.5 mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, and a 1.5 turbo mated to a six-speed DCT.

Size wise the S1 is very Ecosport-ish too:

BYD S1: 4320/1765/1630, wheelbase is 2520.

Ford Kuga: 4280/1785/1638, and wheelbase is 2530.


BYD continues to fit the biggest taillights they can, while the latest trends in China auto land are clearly moving to smaller units. Big BYD badge as well.


There is a lot happening at the front with lines going all over the place. Large headlights with sharp corners, even sharper fog lights, and subtle use of chrome in the grille.


Roof rails appear to be fully functional.


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  1. Spy Shots: BYD S1 SUV is Naked in China – AutoKiosk- July 17, 2015 Reply

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  2. CM- July 18, 2015 Reply

    I think this car is more in line with the Ecosport than the Kuga/Escape.

    1. Tycho de Feijter- July 18, 2015 Reply

      Absolutely correct. We mixed ’em up, size was already Ecosport’s…

      Changed! Thanks.

  3. Mike- July 19, 2015 Reply

    Rear viability looks like it’s very bad, that tiny opening in rear window & big c-pillars.

  4. Head Honcho- July 20, 2015 Reply

    Functional roof rails. The key to a successful SUV. Ha.

    1. Tycho de Feijter- July 20, 2015 Reply

      Indeed. At CarNewsChina.com we believe that if the roof rails are good there is a big chance that the rest of the car is all right too. Roof rails thus, are like a sign.

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