Spy Shots: Facelift For The BYD Qin In China
Published on June 21, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
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..?
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.
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.
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.