BYD Launches Kia EV6-esque Song L Fastback-Crossover

Over 28,000 bookings have been placed for this BYD crossover since order books opened in China last month. 

For those who want a more Chinese version of Kia’s EV6, BYD might just have the answer for you with their recently launched Song L. Looking a whole lot like the aforementioned South Korean fastback-crossover, the latest offering from the world’s second largest EV manufacturer has apparently garnered over 28,350 orders since pre-sales began for it during Halloween of this year. 

Measuring in at 4,840 mm long, 1,950 mm wide and 1,560 mm tall, BYD proclaims for the sleekness in this Song L’s exterior aesthetic to come from its ‘hunting dragon face’ and ‘hunting design’. Though perhaps more understandable to the layman is for this new fastback-crossover to feature a slim grille flanked by sharp LED lights up front and 20-inch alloy wheels riding on adaptive dampers on its side, while sandwiched between a full-width LED light bar and overelaborate roof spoiler on its rump is a retractable rear wing. 

Now moving on inside, BYD’s signature 15.6-inch rotating central infotainment display and 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster is to be complemented by a 50-inch heads-up display that is all running the new generation DiLink system. Other interior highlights of the Song L include perforated Alcantara and leather upholstery on its sports seats, a crystal gear selector, Dynaudio speakers, dual wireless charging pads and a full-width panoramic roof on the top-tier variants. 

The Song L is currently offered in 5 trim levels that mix-and-match two Blade lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries of 71 and 87 kWh capacities, which offer between 550 and 662 km of CLTC-claimed range on a single charge depending on which motor configuration is hooked up to it. The rear-wheel drive setups are rated to output moderate 204 PS, while the sole all-wheel drive variant pumps out a substantial 517 PS. 

BYD has officially began Song L sales in China with prices from 189,800 yuan (RM 126,000) to 249,800 yuan (RM 165,000), which are incidentally about 30,000 yuan lower (RM 20,000) than pre-sales. Early buyers of this sleek EV crossover will apparently also net 0% interest for 24 months or a down payment as low as 15%, with deals on charging and connectivity features like online navigation and free car data thrown in by the Chinese automaker too. 

More pertinently to Malaysians however is the distinct possibility of this particular BYD crossover arriving over here, with this Song L set to directly compete against the Tesla Model Y. Though the local Kia sales team are likely to be the ones who are more anxious over its arrival, as this sleek fastback-crossover would likely more than pique the interest of current EV6 order holders who are still stuck on a long waiting list for their rides. 

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Joshua Chin

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