The Chinese electric automaker BYD is now gearing up for the release of its plug-in hybrid electric SUV, the Tang, according to recent reports.
To be specific, reports are that sales in the company’s home market will begin in July — giving buyers there the option of picking up a rather impressive 505 horsepower plug-in SUV with 530 lb-feet of torque.
Amongst the Tang plug-in hybrid SUV’s other qualities, are: an acceleration of 0–60 miles per hour in fewer than 5 seconds; 4-wheel drive; and a fuel economy of less than 2 liters per every 100 kilometers. With all of these impressive specs, though, comes a starting price of $46,360 — so it’s certainly not an SUV for the masses.
Our sister site Gas2 provides a bit more information:
While the $48,000 price tag is pretty hefty, incentives could bring the cost down to about $35,000. Even in America, the federal tax rebate would bring the cost to just over $40,000, not that far out of line for your typical well-appointed SUV. The interior looks plush and techie enough without being overwhelming, the Tang’s exterior aesthetics would like right at home on America’s roads, and it’ll have plenty of passing power to play with.
Also worth noting here is that BYD is apparently planning to release an “Ultimate Edition” of the Tang that will feature an acceleration of 0–60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds. While that is quite impressive (and I’m sure fun to speed around in), it isn’t quite in the same league as the Tesla P85D — if one is talking about electric vehicles (or PHEVs) that possess particularly impressive specs. It gets to 60 mph in about 3.1 or 3.2 seconds.
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