Spy Shots: facelift for the BYD F3 in China

Published on December 9, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: facelift for the BYD F3 in China

The very first Spy Shots of the facelifted BYD F3 sedan for China. It will be launched on the Chinese car market in early 2016. The facelift includes a new and very shiny grille, new bumpers, new headlights, new taillights, new mirrors, and new alloys.


The current BYD F3 for comparison. Price starts at 43.900 yuan and ends at 72.900 yuan, making it one of the cheapest compact sedans on the market.

Interestingly, the last facelift of the BYD F3 was only in March 2014, and BYD started testing with the new facelift in February 2015! Perhaps a new boss or manager didn’t like the design at all…

Lone engine of the current F3 is a 1.5 liter four with 109hp, mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. This engine will continue unchanged in the facelifted BYD F3. The 154hp 1.5 turbo has been quietly deleted some six months ago, and won’t return.


Center stack is completely new and looks just as messy as in all recent other BYD’s. Air vents are new too.




New lights too in line with other BYD’s. One could call them daring, one could call them messy, and one could call them modern. We call them wuzzy. New bumper is an improvement, especially the lower part.




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  1. Lawrence- December 11, 2015 Reply

    The side profile needs more lines and/or curves. BYD’s design skills is improving, but still needs more refinement.

  2. Matias- December 14, 2015 Reply

    Now looks more similar to the tenth generation of Toyota Corolla (E140 model).

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