BYD is an unknown company for most of the World but it is one of the more successful car manufacturers in China. This is mostly because they somehow manage to build nearly identical cars to some other manufacturers without infringing patterns. One of these cars is the S6 which is a medium size crossover identical to the last generation of the Lexus RX. In order to reap on its success, they decided to release the 2016 BYD Tang earlier in 2015.
However, unlike the crossover it is based on, the Tang is a hybrid-electric car which offers a lot of power for not too much money.
The Engine range & Specs
Under the hood of the 2016 BYD Tang there is a rather interesting powertrain which combines a petrol powered engine with a couple of electric motors. The petrol engine is a 2 liter turbocharged mill which is capable to make up to 202 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque which is barely average by today’s standards. This sends the power to all four wheels via an automatic transmission and in order to help it during low speed acceleration or even during city driving, the car also boasts two electric motors. The entry level car offers two 150 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque electric motors while the top end version bumps that to 220 lb-ft of torque.
This basically means that the car offers up to 500 horsepower and little over 600 lb-ft of torque which is an insane amount considering how cheap it is. On top of that, it is a plug-in hybrid and it is fitted with a medium-sized battery pack which gives it a total range of about 50 miles, enough to get it through the city with ease.
The official performance numbers say that the car will hit 60 MPH in 4.9 seconds while the performance model will drop that to 4.5 seconds. The top speed is unknown for now but it will likely be limited to around 130 MPH in order to protect its tires.
Design – Interior & Exterior
The exterior of the car is mostly based on the S6 crossover meaning it looks a lot like the previous generation of the Lexus RX. However, this time around, BYD went to great lengths in order to make it a bit more appealing. The front end has been restyled with new Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, a new bumper, side running-boards, an all new rear bumper with twin-rectangular exhausts and even new inserts for its tail lights. The wheels are also all new and it now comes with better tires from the factory.
Inside the cabin, the 2016 BYD Tang is quite good for what it is and despite costing less than pretty much all of its direct competitors, the quality inside the cabin is very good. The materials are nice even on the base model and unlike most other manufacturers, the offer the car with leather upholstery as standard.
Also as standard it comes with a lot of equipment such as a center LCD touch-screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, wood-like inserts as well as a few different color schemes for the upholstery. The drawback is that there are only five seats and in the back it offers less room than its direct competitors.
2016 BYD Tang Release date & Price
There are also plans to bring it on the US market but for now, they are only researching the market, especially since in order to breach the market they have to do a lot of tests, especially considering they would be an all new company on the US market.
The price for the Tang is around $48,000 before and government grants which is a very good price considering what engine it boasts.