What to know about the 2024 BYD Seal sedan
BYD Seal in Australia: release date
The BYD Seal model is estimated to arrive in Australia between December 2023 and January 2024 Australia. You can already order a Seal on BYD’s website for a refundable $1,000 order fee.
BYD Seal price: what does it cost?
The BYD Seal Dynamic is priced from $49,888 RRP plus on-road costs in Australia. That’s around $12,000 less than the soon-to-arrive 2024 Tesla Model 3’s $61,900 plus on-road costs entry-level RWD model.
The BYD Seal Premium jumps up almost $10,000 to a price point from $58,798, directly competing with the $61,900 Tesla Model 3 Long Range.
The BYD Seal Performance takes another $10,000 jump, starting from $68,748 to compete against the Tesla Model 3 Performance – although the 2024 Tesla Model 3 update will see the Performance removed from the Model 3 lineup.
These prices are significantly lower than competitors like the Polestar 2, which starts from $61,273 RRP plus on-road costs, or the Hyundai Ioniq 6 from $74,000 RRP plus on-road costs.
All BYD Seal models come with an 8 year or 160,000km battery warranty, plus a 6 year or 150,000km vehicle warranty. That’s a win on the Seal’s competitors, which all offer a similar battery warranty but only extend a four- to five-year vehicle warranty.
BYD Seal model range and specs
The BYD Seal comes in three model variants: the entry-level Dynamic, the long-range Premium and the all-wheel drive Performance.
BYD Seal Dynamic (Standard Range)
The BYD Seal Dynamic the entry-level model, with a rear drivetrain coming in at 150kW max power and 310Nm max torque that gets the Dynamic from 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds. It offers a 61.44kWh battery that’s powered by a 110kW DC CCS2 charging port, and provides a decent 460km WLTP driving range. The Dynamic comes with standard 18-inch alloy wheels and 225/50 R18 continental tyres.
As with many EVs, the 2024 BYD Seal features regenerative braking, which converts some of the energy usually lost during braking into prolonged battery charge.
BYD Seal Premium (Extended Range)
The BYD Seal Premium ups the max power to 230kW and the max torque to 360Nm to achieve a 5.9-second 0-100km/h acceleration. Its battery is also larger, with an 82.56kWh capacity that provides a 570km WLTP driving range. It also gets faster charging, thanks to a 150kW DC CCS2 port.
In addition, the Premium adds a heads-up display that illuminates key information on the windscreen within the driver’s sightline. It also upgrades the leather-wrapped seats and steering wheel from imitation to genuine leather. The driver seat adds on position memory and four-way lumber power adjustment. Outside, there are 19-inch alloy wheels, plus door mirrors with position memory and auto-tilt functions.
BYD Seal Performance (AWD)
The BYD Seal Performance comes with significant upgrades aimed at enthusiast drivers, boasting a 3.8-second 0-100km/h acceleration time, AWD drivetrain, and 520km WLTP claimed driving range. It features a 390kW max power and 670Nm max torque, comprised of a 160kW/310Nm front motor and 230kW/360Nm rear motor.
The Performance retains all the Premium upgrades, and adds frequency selective damping to blend road handling and comfort so the car hugs corners while maintaining a smooth ride. Intelligent torque adaption control distributes power dynamically to improve driving safety and comfort by integrating the driver’s control needs with the vehicle’s own state. An electronic child lock prevents children sitting in the rear seats from opening the rear doors.