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Spy Shots: Facelift For The BYD Qin In China

Published on June 21, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Facelift For The BYD Qin In China

BYD is working on a facelift for the Qin plug-in hybrid sport sedan, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in Q3. The facelift includes a new grille, a new rear bumper, new badges, and blue wheels!

The facelift comes at a curious moment; in April BYD launched the Qin EV300, a full-electric version of the Qin, which is based on the non-facelifted car. Are they going to facelift that one too, just two months after launch..?




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The current Qin. Price starts at 209,800 yuan and ends at 219,800 yuan. It is a beast. Combined output id  303hp and 440nm, making the Qin the most powerful mass-market hybrid passenger car on earth, and it shows. The 1.5 turbo poops out 154hp and 240nm, the electric motor 149hp and 200nm. Gearbox is a new 6-speed DCT. In hybrid mode top speed is 185km/h and 0-100 is gone in 5.9 seconds. In pure electric mode BYD top speed is 150km/h and max range is 70km.

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The new Qin EV300, with the front of the current Qin. Price starts at 150.800 yuan and ends at 200.800 yuan. The EV300 is powered by a single electric motor on the front axle, it is mated to a 48kWh battery. Output is 218hp and 310nm, good for a 150 km/h top speed and a 0-100 in 7.9 seconds. Range is 300 kilometer, hence the EV300 name.

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The rear of the facelifted Qin. Note the 5.9 S badge on the left, referring to the acceleration time. Rear light units are freshened up and the bumper is all new.

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