BYD Unveils Sea Lion 07: A Mid-Sized SUV Designed Like a Coupé
  Nov 18, 2023     Arifa Hussain  

BYD Unveils Sea Lion 07: A Mid-Sized SUV Designed Like a Coupé

The Sea Lion 07, which introduces BYD's Sea Lion series, which incorporates SUVs into the Ocean series portfolio, had a dramatic premiere at the Guangzhou car show. The newest model in the lineup, the Sea Lion 07, is a mid-sized SUV that embodies BYD's Oceanic Aesthetic design language with a sleek coupe-style form. The team led by BYD Global Design Director Wolfgang Josef Egger designed BYD's e-Platform 3.0, which is used to construct the vehicle.

Although the Sea Lion 07's engine is unknown, it is said to be derived from the Song L, a mid-size SUV in coupe form that is confusingly also connected to the Song Plus, an upcoming vehicle in Australia.

This implies that it may have a dual-motor powertrain capable of producing up to 385 kW, and it may have an option between two large batteries, 72 kWh or 87 kWh.

A 150kW electric motor is anticipated to power the back wheels of versions with a smaller battery.

The forgiving CLTC test cycle suggests that the long-range variant might achieve a range of up to 662 km by combining a 230 kW single engine with a larger battery.

Last but not least, the most potent 380kW variant ought to reach 100 km/h in less than 4.0 seconds and go up to 600 kilometers on a single charge.

Although there are no official designs inside the interior, one might anticipate two sizable multimedia screens, perhaps including BYD's renowned 15.6-inch rotating infotainment touch-screen in all variants.

From launch, a Level 2 semi-autonomous cruise control system and self-parking capability will be offered.

Regarding that, it's unclear if the Sea Lion 07 is going to Australia, even if sales are anticipated to begin in China in early 2024.

It would provide BYD Australia with a two-pronged attack on the Tesla Model Y's hegemony in the local EV market if it were to join Song Plus here.

With measurements of 4,830 mm in length, 1,925 mm in width, 1,620 mm in height, and a 2,930 mm wheelbase, the Sea Lion 07 is positioned to rival the Tesla Model Y. Rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions of the vehicle will be offered. It will come equipped with BYD's iTAC technology, which features the DiSus-C adaptive damping control system.

Though the information is encouraging, BYD has not yet provided any specifics on the Sea Lion 07's battery capacities or engine specs. The business did, however, reveal that all upcoming SUVs in the Ocean series will be grouped under the Sea Lion model line, with the sedans falling under the Seal line.

The Sea Lion 07 from BYD, which is well-known for classifying its models under the Ocean series—named after ships and marine life—and the Dynasty series, which draws inspiration from past Chinese governing dynasties, is expected to have a big effect. The Sea Lion 07, which is anticipated to cost between CNY 200,000 and CNY 260,000 ($27,600 and $36,000), is positioned to compete with the Tesla Model Y and appeal to SUV buyers who are picky about their vehicles.

Arifa Hussain