2022 BYD e6 Price and features: New Chinese brand launches second electric car in Australia as an EV alternative to VW Golf and Peugeot 308 station wagon
Up-and-coming Chinese brand BYD has launched its second model in Australia, with the all-electric e6 subcompact now on sale.
The e6 starts at $ 39,999 plus on-road costs, though fares range from $ 40,968.10 (ACT) to $ 43,268.09 (WA), which BYD arrived with last July.
But buyers have to get hold of them quickly, because only 15 copies of the e6 are available, all of which are painted in crystal white or blue / black. As a reference, the limited stock of the T3 is still available before BYD’s first full-time models hit the market next year.
Small cars are rare nowadays locally, only Volkswagen and Peugeot commit themselves to sluggish Golf and 308 variants for an indefinite period of time, so the e6 doesn’t have much competition. In fact, from an all-electric point of view, it doesn’t have any.
Speaking of the drive train of the second generation e6: It has a front-mounted electric motor that generates 70 kW of power and 180 Nm of torque to enable a top speed of 130 km / h.
The e6 is equipped with the 71.7 kWh blade battery from BYD, which offers a WLTP-certified range of 415 km and can be charged in just 90 minutes with a 60 kW DC fast charger (CCS plug) 2 connector) and regenerative braking.
Standard equipment includes halogen headlights, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels (with space-saving spare wheel), keyless entry and LED taillights.
Inside start at the push of a button, a 10.1-inch rotatable touchscreen multimedia system, a sound system with four speakers, a 5.0-inch multifunction display, single-zone automatic air conditioning and leather upholstery.
For safety reasons, the e6 has speed limit detection, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring, reversing camera and rear parking sensors as well as four airbags (dual front and side), anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control (TCS).
With a length of 4695 mm (with a wheelbase of 2800 mm), a width of 1810 mm and a height of 1670 mm, the e6 has a dead weight of 1930 kg, offers 580 l loading capacity and is equipped with MacPherson struts at the front and multi-link rear suspension fitted.
As reported, BYD has big plans for Australia with six full-time models slated to hit the market by the end of 2023, including the midsize SUV Yuan Plus and the small hatchback EA1. Even a machine to be unveiled is to be built on the special right-hand drive production line in China.
The launch is an integral part of local distributor Nexport’s ambitious plan to make BYD one of the top five brands in Australia over the next 2.5 years. Time will tell if it’s done perfectly. Stay tuned.