BYD’s Sharp Looking Han Sedan Previewed In All-Electric And PHEV Forms

The BYD Han PHEV pumps out 476 hp thanks to a 2.0-liter turbo and three electric motors.

China’s BYD has released the first images of its new flagship medium-sized car dubbed the Han. The sedan will be sold in both plug-in hybrid and all-electric guises.

Visually, the two variants both adopt sleek designs but differ quite a lot. The front of the Han PHEV, for example, is much more traditional and supports a large grille with horizontal slats and a set of angular, Audi-inspired headlights. By comparison, the Han EV has a sharp and sportier front fascia that makes do without a traditional grille and also includes a set of slimmer headlights.

Related: Toyota And BYD Announce Chinese Joint Venture To Develop EVs

From the sides, the two appear identical but at the rear, the Han EV is differentiated from its more conservative sibling thanks to a blacked-out bumper and small diffuser.

Chinese media reports that BYD was eager to make the Han as aerodynamically efficient as possible and has managed to achieve a drag coefficient of 0.233 for the Han EV, slightly better than the Tesla Model S’ 0.24 drag co-efficient. Aiding in the Han’s ability to cut through the air are a set of optional aero wheels.

Powering the BYD Han EV will be a single electric motor that drives the rear wheels and delivers 218 hp. A more powerful, dual-motor variant with all-wheel drive will be available with 268 hp. Range is expected to sit at around the 450 km (279 mile) mark. As for the BYD Han PHEV, it supports a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 189 hp working alongside a trio of electric motors to create a combined 476 hp.

Both the BYD Han EV and Han PHEV will be unveiled at April’s Beijing Auto Show.

To Top