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BYD Seal UDM-i is a hybrid vehicle with plenty tech

BYD, the current world leader in electric vehicles (EVs), has unveiled the Seal U DM-i, weird name yes, its first plug-in hybrid (PHEV). Although currently a offering only for the European markets, this SUV seems to play along the reversal on electric trends being observed globally.

What is it?

The BYD Seal U DM-i is a strong contender in the competitive European SUV market. It delivers exceptional fuel efficiency, an impressive electric range, a luxurious and well-equipped interior, and advanced safety features - all at an attractive price point. With its multiple trim options, the Seal U DM-i caters to a wide range of drivers, making it a compelling choice for those seeking a feature-rich, eco-friendly, and practical SUV. The Seal U DM-i prioritizes electric power, offering a smooth, quiet ride and minimizing fuel consumption. Its intelligent system seamlessly switches between electric and hybrid modes, ensuring optimal efficiency. When the battery runs low, a fuel-efficient engine kicks in to extend your journey, eliminating range anxiety on longer trips.


There are variants too..

BYD offers three distinct trims - Design, Comfort, and Boost - to cater to diverse driving preferences. Each trim delivers a pure electric driving experience, with the Comfort trim boasting an impressive electric range of up to 120 km on a single charge.

Design: This top-of-the-line model comes with all-wheel drive, a powerful engine for exhilarating performance, and impressive acceleration.

Comfort & Boost: These front-wheel-drive trims prioritize fuel efficiency and practicality. They offer a longer electric range and a smooth electric driving experience, making them ideal for everyday commutes and city driving.

Design Trim:

Two powerful electric motors: 204hp (front) and 163hp (rear)

18.3 kWh BYD Blade Battery

1.5L turbocharged gasoline engine working with the electric motors

All-wheel drive

Total system power: 324hp

Maximum torque: 550Nm 

Boost and Comfort Trims:

Front-wheel drive

1.5L hybrid engine producing 97hp working with a 197hp electric motor

18.3 kWh BYD Blade Battery (Boost)

26.6 kWh BYD Blade Battery (Comfort - details to be revealed later)

Total system power: 215hp (Boost and Comfort)

Maximum torque: 300 Nm 

Efficiency and Extended Range:

The Seal U DM-i shines in terms of fuel economy, achieving outstanding mileage figures. With a total driving range exceeding 1000 kilometres for some trims, you can confidently embark on long journeys without worrying about running out of power. It also offers effortless charging on the go as it can conveniently charge options to fit your lifestyle. It supports fast DC charging, allowing you to top up the battery quickly for extended electric driving.

No matter the trim you choose, the BYD Seal U DM-i offers impressive range:

  • Design (All-Wheel Drive): Delivers a pure electric range of up to 69 kilometers and a total driving range of 870 kilometers on a full charge and tank.
  • Boost (Front-Wheel Drive): Offers a pure electric range of up to 80 kilometers and a total driving range of 1,080 kilometers 
  • Comfort (Front-Wheel Drive - Coming Soon): Expected to boast the longest electric range with its larger battery. Details about the Comfort trim's range will be revealed later, but with a 26.6 kWh battery, expect a pure electric range exceeding 125 kilometers and a total range well over 1,100 kilometers


High-quality materials with soft-touch surfaces and vegan leather upholstery with contrasting stitching envelop you throughout the cabin, from the seats and dashboard to the door panels and center console. The spacious front seats provide ultimate comfort with features like electric adjustability, heating, and ventilation for all-weather conditions.

Technological innovation is evident in the dual large digital screens that dominate the dashboard, offering clear information and intuitive touchscreen controls. A panoramic sunroof bathes the cabin in natural light and fresh air, while a PM2.5 air filter ensures clean and healthy air for all passengers (especially beneficial in polluted areas, although note that the air purification system is only available in higher trim levels). Even the multi-colored ambient lighting and the exquisitely designed crystal gearshift knob reflect the car's ocean-inspired design theme, adding a touch of elegance to the overall experience.

BYD Seal India appearance?

It all depends on their current lineup. Although these are great value cars and offer exceptionally good range, BYD range of vehicles have not seen wide acceptance. 

TopGear Magazine July 2024